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New York City is home to more than 50 farmers markets

Greenmarket was founded in New York City in 1976. What began as a one-day-a-week farmer’s market in Union Square supporting seven farmers has since exploded. Today, the Greenmarket runs 52 markets which supports 240 farmers in seven states.

The mission of the markets is to promote local agriculture and provide New Yorkers access to healthy locally grown foods. The program gives regional farms the opportunity to sell their products directly to city residents on a regular basis. It also allows locals to get to know those who grow the food they buy. Middlemen or brokers are not allowed.

Greenmarket’s farmers and fishers come from broad a section of the Northeast, including parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and New England, providing New Yorkers with a bountiful and astoundingly diverse array of fresh foods.

There are Greenmarkets operating throughout the five boroughs of the city. The flagship location is in Union Square and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8AM-6PM year round. There are over 140 different vendors on site and an estimated 60,000 shoppers on a given day.

In addition to produce and local foods, many city markets also offer compost stations, recycling collections and educational opportunities.

We would love to introduce you to some of the city’s great greenmarkets and neighborhoods. If you’re interested, We Can Tour That!


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Jefferson Market Library: a library inside a landmark building

When local residents of Greenwich Village head to their local library, they see more than just books and periodicals. That is because the Jefferson Market Library is an architectural gem steeped with history.

The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library is located at 425 Sixth Avenue at the corner of 10th Street. The building was originally built as the Third Judicial Courthouse from 1874-1877 and was designed by architects Frederick Clarke Withers and Calvert Vaux (who also was involved in designing Central Park).

When it was completed the second floor (now the adult reading room) was a civil court and the first floor was home to a police court. The current reference room in the basement was formerly a holding area for prisoners.

Above the three floors is a one hundred foot clock tower. It once offered an unrestricted view of Greenwich Village and was used as a fire watcher’s balcony. The original bell which alerted volunteer firemen is still hanging in the tower.

One of the most famous cases to be tried in the building took place in 1906. That is when Harry K. Thaw faced justice for the murder of architect Stanford White. Despite killing White, Thaw was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

By 1927 the courts were used only for the trials of women. In 1929 the market and co-ed prison were knocked down and replaced by the Women’s House of Detention.

Mae West was tried here on obscenity charges when her Broadway play Sex became a target of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. West received a $500 fine, one day next door in the Women’s House of Detention and nine days at the workhouse on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island). The House of Detention was knocked down in 1973 and replaced by a community garden.

By 1959, the structure was abandoned and the city planned to knock it down and replace it with apartments. Village community members rallied to save the building and in 1961, Mayor Robert F. Wagner announced that it would be preserved and converted into a public library.

If you would like to explore this landmark building and explore the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood, We Can Tour That!

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First time visitors to New York City generally head straight for Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. While these are all must see attractions, they are just the tip of the iceberg of all that the city has to offer.

To really get to know the city, you need to venture outside the well trafficked tourist districts and head for the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live. In other words, you have to go off the beaten path and explore.

Our goal at We Can Tour That is to assist you in seeing all that New York has to offer. We Can Tour That provides personal guided tours of New York’s many neighborhoods. We can take you beyond the usual sites to see what makes NYC the greatest city in the world.

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When one thinks of zip lining through the trees Costa Rica or Belize generally come to mind. The Bronx is usually not one of the first places associated with this type of activity. That is, until now.

The new zip line and aerial ropes course are now open at the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure.

At this zip line you step off a platform 50 feet off the ground and fly 400 feet across the Bronx River. You then get to repeat this process for your return trip to the other side.

Another challenge awaits you at the Ropes Course. There are a total of seven different courses. Two are for beginners, two for intermediate, two for experts and the black course is for experts. You might want to start off slowly here if you are new to the sport.

Of course safety is taken very seriously and all participants must meet weight and height requirements. Everyone is required to watch a safety video and complete a training course before trying the courses. Lastly, every guest will be wearing a safety harness.

The zip line and ropes courses are located at the zoo’s Bronx River entrance. Tickets are separate from zoo admission.

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