Cost of Senior Pass for US National Parks is going up On August 27, 2017

 Or…Act now, to get the Senior Life Time Pass to all National Parks, all 417 of them before the price goes up from $10 to $80!
Thanks to Senior Planet for sending out this post! I copied it in its  totality (like the eclipse) .

Act Now for a National Parks Senior Pass

One of the perks of turning 62 has long been the privilege of buying a Senior Lifetime Pass that covers you and your traveling companions at all 417 National Park Sites only $10—but don’t wait till you’re planning a trip to get yours. The price for a senior pass price is about to go up dramatically, and the rush is on.

The National Parks Department will raise the price of the Senior Lifetime Pass to $80 on August 28; a new $20 annual Senior Pass will become available at the same time.

On its website, the Parks Department promises that all eligible senior pass orders placed online before 11:59pm EDT on August 27, or mail orders postmarked on or before the 27th, will be processed at the $10 price. (There’s also an additional $10 processing charge.)

Why the steep increase? Blame Congress. It’s an indirect result of the America the Beautiful parks pass going up as legislated by Congress in 2016.

How to Get Your Senior Lifetime Pass

Unless you plan to visit a National Parks site before August 27, fire up your computer now.

  • Click here to access the store’s Senior Pass Page, where you’ll find all the info about the pass.
  • On the Senior Pass Page, you’ll see a link to “Purchase your pass via Your Pass Now.” This is a digital validation service that’s helping the department handle the rush of applications by automatically verifying your age against public documents. That’s good news for you, because it saves you having to upload an image of your driver’s license or other state issued ID. You will have to enter your personal details, including Social Security number, but Your Pass Now says it deletes all information once your application has been processed.
  • If you can’t bring yourself to enter your Social Security Number (or the site doesn’t work for you), you can use the standard application here and upload a photo or scan of your ID.
  • Print or save your confirmation page—due to the last minute crush, it can take up to 12 weeks to receive your pass; meanwhile you can use your confirmation for entry to the National Parks.
  • You can also apply by mail by printing and completing this application along with a photocopy of your ID.

Once you get your pass, hold on to it; the passes are non-refundable and can’t be replaced if lost or stolen.

Questions? Contact the National Parks Department at 888-ASK-USGS and press 3, or email You can also check the Senior Pass FAQ here.

Happy camping!


IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Senior Planet is a website for seniors offering all kinds of good info on events in NYC.  Check them out to see if they are in your area

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You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Back in 2009 I saw the revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center.  What a wonderful Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.  Those marvelous songs, “Younger Than Springtime”,”There’s Nothing Like A  Dame”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, but the song from the musical that has been repeating in my head since Charlottesville and Barcelona is, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”…

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught


With love and with  the hope that in my  old age I will  live to see prejudices of all forms disappear from this country and this world.



Want to Become a Professional NYC Bus Rider?

Or… Easy, just follow  my  four  rules and become a suave sophisticated, “I know what I’m doing” with an attitude, rider.

It seems to me that taking a bus shouldn’t be intimidating, because pretty sure the odds are good that we all have taken buses at some point. We got on, we got off and ended up where we wanted to be.  Right?

Well, when I became a permanent resident here, the thought of riding a City bus was not only intimidating, but downright scary. Instead I took cabs and car services, a costly way to travel I quickly founImage result for nyc bus photod out.

So I decided one night to stop being a wimp and just do it.  The next morning, after checking  the schedule, off I went with my “unused” reduced fare (senior)  Metro card safely in my wallet.   I took the M66 to Lincoln Center an easy trip across Central Park.  I can report now that nothing, absolutely nothing, happened to me. I got on the bus, I got off the bus and gave myself a high-five as I landed on the sidewalk.  However, I did begin to learn of the unwritten rules of riding a City bus which helped to reduce my angst from a 10 plus down to a “Hey, I’m a professional bus rider here, people!”

Following are my  lessons learned, but first a word of advice.  Ignore all the stuff that goes on around you, including the passenger who  not only hates the bus, the bus driver and everyone on the bus, but will also tell you why in words your mother told you never to say!

Rule 1
Always, and I mean always, allow extra time.  
Because anything could and probably will  make you late.  Those huge delivery trucks seem to be dropping off all kinds of stuff just when your bus approaches and then there’s the ever -popular surprise detour for a myriad of reasons – it is New York you know. 

Rule 2
Have your Metro card or exact change in hand when you board.
Otherwise, those people behind you that were nice a few minutes ago will change in a NY second if you fumble – and if it’s raining?  Fuhgeddaboudit!

Rule 3
Hit the strip  “Stop Requested” after  the bus  leaves the stop before yours.  Otherwise, it doesn’t light up and  I learned this the hard way as I watched
wide- eyed my bus driving right by my stop.    

Rule 4
No seat available? Grab any strap, bar, back of seat, but never, ever a person.
Unless of course you’re about to fall which could result in bodily harm,  which will stop the bus, which nobody wants. Then I can almost promise that your fellow  passengers will  offer to let you hold on to one of  them so that their  bus will just keep on moving without any further ado…hopefully.

And not a rule, but just a kind act of civility is to thank the bus driver when you get off – these people have to put up with all of us.

Love this City and have come to love the buses! (I don’t take subways).
Happy Trails!


Important to know: Just visiting?  You can get a reduced fare card as a senior citizen or person with disabilities even if you’re not a resident of NYC.  Check out the website – all info you need is there

Good to know: Many of you probably know all of this, but for those of you who don’t…hope it helps!
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Staycationing or Vacationing in the City?

Or… how about a quick FREE  trip to Vegas without ever getting in a plane, in  a car, in  a bus or on  a horse – well maybe a horse if you’ve been ” carriaging”* around Central Park.

Simply take yourself over to Lincoln Center Plaza on Saturday, August 26th.   Grab a chair and sit back  under the stars to see Rigoletto with all its lechery, murder, sex, gambling, kidnapping, deflowering and  disguises, just like the real Casino town!  This  hit production  by the Met of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.

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RIGOLETTO Vegas style

Yes, the Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival will be in full swing as of August 25th.  This is one of my favorite things to do in the City  as summer starts to murmur  with hints of fall.  I’ve had such great times watching these wonderful operas and enjoying the audience craziness before and after the screenings. And all free!!!!!

The Festival runs from August 25th thru September 4th.  All performances begin at 8 PM except for Sunday the 27th which begins at 7:45.

Here’s the schedule starting on the 25th

Beginning with the Ingmar Bergman film, The Magic Flute followed the next evening by  Rigoletto, and then in order, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, L’Amour De Loin, Manon Lescaut, Roberto Devereux, Tristan Und Isolde (on two nights) Eugene Onegin, Nabucco, ending on the 4th  with the beautiful La Traviata.

Hope to see you there!  Come early – relax and watch the seats fill up which they do. As usual – I’m the one with the hat, popcorn and wine.

Love this City  and love the Metropolitan Opera especially when it’s free.

KAY’S NOTES: (From an earlier post on this event)

Important to know: Met website at 2017 Summer HD Festival.
Good to know: The series goes on rain or shine except thunder storms. Suggest you bring extra jacket or sweater as it can get chilly. And perhaps a seat cushion.
Where to eat: All over the place. Many people, in fact, bring their own food, drinks and snacks. I, myself, am a popcorn and wine person.
Restaurant prices: In the area – varies from hotdog carts to OMG$$$$
Where is it:  At Lincoln Center Plaza known as the Josie Robertson Plaza in front of the Met Opera House on the Upper West Side between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Buses and subways close by. Plenty of parking. Met website has all kinds of info on directions.
Restrooms: Here’s the tricky part. If there is an event at the David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) the restrooms are open in the Hall. But if not there are restrooms on the Concourse level below the Met Opera house. There is an elevator to Concourse level on the outside of the David Koch Theater or an escalator in front of the David Geffen Hall. Restrooms also at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd right across the street.
Kid Friendly: Absolutely and stay for a little while or for the whole performance. Lots of kids will be there along with opera loving well behaved dogs!

Photos  and italic text from Metropolitan Opera website.

*Carriaging – a made up word -but you get my drift.

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If you want to join in this year, the 2017 NYC Pride March takes place TODAY  Sunday, June 25 and kicks off at 12 p.m.
  •  (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
  • The route begins at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street.
  • The parade continues down Fifth Avenue until it turns right at the grandstand located on Eighth Street.
  • The marchers make a slight right on to Greenwich Avenue.
  • The parade turns left onto Christopher Street, passing the Stonewall Inn.
  • The march concludes at Christopher and Greenwich streets in the West Village.



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Summer Camp for Seniors at MoMA – Free!

Or…why didn’t somebody tell me…is it sleep-away?

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Finished reading the paper and finished the crossword and checked out anything of interest on my phone.   Well…. yeah…. and yeah again.  I love the Museum of Modern Art and how I missed this, I just don’t know. The events are sold out except for the ones in July only because registration hasn’t yet opened.  Really sorry about missing the workshop on Smartphone Street Photography and the Contemporary Art in New York City event.    How did I miss this program at MoMA,  I ask again.   A  summer camp for Seniors…Wow!

Summer Camp for Seniors  is just part of the Prime Time program for seniors 65 and older at MoMA.   Check out their website for full info.       

Prime Time is an initiative to engage older New Yorkers at MoMA and in the community. Each month we offer multiple programs that encourage older adults of diverse abilities and backgrounds to learn about modern and contemporary art.

For more information, please call Prime Time at (212) 333-1265, fill out our contact form, or e-mail

These events  for June  are sold out.
  • Prime Time Summer Camp:
    Smartphone Street Photography
  • Prime Time Summer Camp: Crafting Sunprints
  • Prime Time Summer Camp:
    Contemporary Art in New York City
  • Prime Time Summer Camp: Gestural Painting
  • July Events:
    Prime Time Summer Camp:  Landscape Drawing Workshop
    Registration opens June 27th at 9:30 AM
      1. Monday, July 24, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Section I
      2. Wednesday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

        Section II

Good to know:  Not sleep-away!
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Or…walk  Fifth Avenue  from 82nd to 110th Street  and enjoy  free admission to 7 major museums with fun along the way!


Yes, FREE access to The Met, Neue Gallerie, The Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo del Barrio!  As you walk along,  Fifth Avenue will be  packed with special events.  See you there!  (no cars) Check out their website for a listing of all events.


Love this City!


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The Waldorf Shuttered, The Empire Room Gone, But Lena Horne? Here Forever!

Or…a night i’ll never forget!

Wonderful memories to me are  gifts that are always there to pull upon when life or times get a little complicated.   And this is one of my favorites.  I try to make kaysnycways timely  but I just  couldn’t find the right time to share this memory until now.  After reading that  the Waldorf Astoria  was going under a  total renovation and would be closed for a few years, I said to myself now is the time and  I finished the draft I had started.     Remembering this night always lifts  my spirits  and in these chaotic times wonderful memories are indeed wonderful!  


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We were right at the edge of the dance floor at a  very small cocktail table for two…waiting.  It was the  last night of Lena Horne’s  run at the Empire Room.   We   were in our 20’s and it was our  first time  at such a fancy, elegant New York City supper club.  We were wide-eyed and we were star struck not just for the excitement  of seeing her, but also because we were surrounded by celebrities like Carol Burnett, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and  the McGuire Sisters.     When  she  came out and started to sing, all we did was look at each other with huge smiles! The evening was a surprise from my boyfriend (and future husband) and what an evening it was.  Her  rendition of “Surrey With the Fringe on Top” turned  a bouncy  melody  into a sensual romp!  As she went from one song to the next, everyone was spell-bound  and  the room would explode with applause, cheers and words of love after each.   She took it all in with her usual  aplomb as she waited till we became silent again before she moved on.  What a night!


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The  amazing, beautiful, elegant  Lena Horne never leaves us. We  still hear her voice and see her thru her recordings, movies and TV taped appearances. .  She was a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn (1917-2010) )and used her  voice, her  strength and her intellect  to fight  “against racism in the entertainment industry throughout her career and against racial discrimination in this country throughout her life. “*

Take the time  to watch this documentary from PBS’s American Masters’ Series about Lena  Horne on her struggles and triumphs.

There  is a new  children’s picture  book about her life as a performer and activist  written by Carole Boston Weatherford, *”The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” published in February ( 2017).  I discovered something I didn’t know from this bio,  *Lena learned to  read before kindergarten and  books were her lifelong love.  The cover of the book illustrates the dress she wore when she sang “Stormy Weather”.

Next May there will be a tribute to her at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Michael Feinstein’s Jazz and Popular Song Series.

I don’t want to get too sentimental here, but it occurred  to me that we all, especially as we get older, have wonderful memories that help us get through our crazy lives. Those memories also seem to have a will of their own as they just suddenly decide to pop up, or a song plays and it triggers one, or you’re sitting there with a glass of wine, minding your own business, thinking of family and  friends and there it is that memory that always  makes you laugh out loud.   And all the time those other  wonderful memories just sit there in the back of our minds waiting their turn to be rekindled.  Like my memory of Lena Horne – always there and always fresh.

Love this City and love Lena Horne!       


Important to know: Google Lena Horne and read more about this amazing woman and what she accomplished.

 “The Legendary Miss Lena Horne” – by Carole Boston Weatherford a children’s picture book on the life of Miss Horne both educational and inspiring with beautiful illustrations by  Elizabeth Zunon.

May 2–3, 2018  |  7:00pm & 9:00pm  |  The Appel Room Michael Feinstein continues the Jazz & Popular Song series with a tribute to an American national treasure: “The Enchanting Lena Horne”.

Good to know:  “Lena Horne at the Waldorf” is available on CD or to download with many of the songs she sang that night.

“Surrey With The Fringe on top” by Rodgers and Hammerstein

“Stormy Weather” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler

“From This Moment On” by Cole Porter

*Unfortunately I couldn’t find the source of this sentence I copied, so my apologies to the writer.

Photos courtesy of

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843 Acres of Delight…

or..if it’s not Central Park what else could it be…I ask.

Yes, friends, 843 acres running 2.5 miles long and a half mile wide is that glorious part of the City starting at  59th Street and ending at  110th with pure magic in between…Central Park!

Now  where to begin  on my walks through the Park?  A walk to the Boat Basin or to  Belvedere Castle or to  Strawberry Fields or to the Zoo or to the famed Carousel with the 57 hand carved horses?  What to do, what to do.

I made the decision (not quickly) for this first post on the park, to write about my most frequent walk, which is to enter on East 66th Street and wind my way over to the exit by  Tavern on the Green to Central Park West.     (I miss, by the way, that gaudy shiny Crystal Room at Tavern even if the food and service were not so great).

Now before I go any further, just wanted to say, you probably know much of what I’m writing, but if, like me, sometimes a different perspective brings about some kind of awakening to something new.  Even doing my research for my posts, I always have a discovery (e.g.The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks  The Institute teaches park users and managers to care for urban parks everywhere. )  Didn’t know that.

So let’s get started

If you’re going to the park for any reason, take the time to just enjoy! Wear comfortable shoes, take water, snack, hat and maybe a sweater, throw an umbrella in just in case, a blanket and a book and crossword puzzle if you’re so inclined.   Much of the walkways and paths  are good but there are interesting  paths and trails that are unpaved and often muddy.

The East 66th Street Entrance

Here’s one of the frequent sites seen  everywhere in the park- people reading.  Those readers could be on benches or on the grass or even on the rocks. I’ve done it many times myself or should I say I’ve tried to do it, but it’s not easy to stay focused when there is always so much to see and hear. Must admit weekdays is an easier time of it because it’s  quieter, but even then, the birds chirp, people talk, interesting people talk,  tours come through, children laugh  and I’m very easily distracted .  No, I don’t use a headset.  One reason is “my hearing is definitely not what it used to be” plus I like the sounds and often a musician or group of musicians are playing.  Love that!

As I walked down the small slope and past the children’s playground, I saw  the usual  puppeteer with his egg pubaltoppet to the delight of the kids.   And just a little further up the hill is the popular Balto statue, the famed sled-dog who saved children’s lives in Alaska in 1925.

The Mall – the American Elms – Wow!

As I walked up the hill through the arch and up to one of my favorite places in the park   The Mall, of American Elms  It’s just so beautiful (by the way, how many times can I use “beautiful” in a blog…a lot when describing the park, but I’m going to try to use other adjectives, I promise. It’s gorgeous in the spring, summer, winter and  fall.

The Mall and Literary Walk

And here we are: the single walkers, the bikers resting on the bench, the couple holding hands, the stroller in the distance, all under those magnificent elms. (saving for another post the section of The Mall called Literary Walk with statues of prominent writers.

Ahead of me was Sheep Meadow
I stood under this magnificent tree to take the photo of Sheep Meadow
  •  FROM THE CENTRAL PARK WEBSITE: The fifteen-acre meadow holds true to this intention today as Central Park’s largest lawn without ball fields and as a designated quiet zone. No organized sports or gatherings are allowed on Sheep Meadow to preserve the space for quiet picnicking and relaxation.

It certainly is, trust me on this one

Sheep Meadow Is a wonderful place to stop, bring a blanket, a book, a snack, a hat and spend the morning or afternoon or day. (restrooms and cafe close by). With kids? Yes, bring balls.

And now I’m getting close to Central Park West, I stopped to rest on a bench and watch the action as people went by on bikes, some built for two, scooters, pedi-cabs, horse and carriages, piggy backers, strollers and the most popular…walking!


As I write this Memorial Day weekend, it brought back to mind  my last post on Fleet Week.  I’m sitting looking around when  these handsome sailors (told you I loved men and women in uniform) came by and cheerfully let me take their photo!  What a great way to end this post on this Memorial Day! A thank you to  all who served and serve!



Important to know:  Go to the Parks website – everything  you ever wanted to know about  this magical 843 acres!

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Yes, it’s back, just as I promised.

 Fleet Week runs May 24th thru May 30th!   IT’S FREE PEOPLE!


Love this City!



Download the event schedule which has puzzles and such for kids.

Photo: Courtesy of Fleet Week

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