Category Archives: Parks

Memorial Day Weekend at Levy Park 2015

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (
May 28, 2015

Around 3:30 the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, I went to Norman J Levy Park & Preserve. After parking in the crowded parking lot, I headed to the path with the sign “Shortest Way to Top” – since I hoped to get a hilltop view of the Bethpage New York Air Show in progress at nearby Jones Beach.

At Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, family members point south to contrails in the sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in the Bethpage New York Air Show. Many visitors watched the air show from the marshland park after several major parkways to the famous Long Island beach were closed when it filled to capacity. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry,

Merrick, New York, USA. May 24, 2015. At Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, visitor point south to contrails in the sky over Jones Beach where planes are performing in the Bethpage New York Air Show, Memorial Day Weekend.  (© 2015 Ann Parry/

Earlier that day, I heard that Jones Beach filled to capacity before the air show even started, so major roads leading there were closed. So I wasn’t surprised to see groups of people scattered throughout the hilltop and pointing south to where planes were leaving contrails in the sky. The performers, too distant from Levy Park to identify, included Thunderbirds, Golden Knights, and GEICO SkyWriters, and more.

When the show ended, I headed south on the winding trail leading down to the park’s fishing pier. At the far end of the 500-foot-long wooden pier, I enjoyed the cool breeze and watched kayakers in Merrick Bay, and chatted with fellow visitors Rev. David Lee and his parishioners. They had planned to fish at Jones Beach, but finding Meadowbrook Parkway closed, cast their reels at South Merrick’s Levy Park instead.

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day Weekend 2015


Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink, NYC, Nov. 9, 2013

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (
November 17, 2013

Last Saturday night, November 9, 2013, in Manhattan, after a much anticipated Nikon workshop by STEVE SIMON, the Passionate Photographer, I walked around the block to capture night photos at Bryant Park, whose Winter Village has long been a visual and sentimental favorite of mine.

CLICK:  Slidehshow of Bryant Park

At Bryant Park's ice skating rink that night, the colorful rink is filled with people skating and talking with friends. Manhattan, New York, USA. November 9, 2013. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry,

NYC, USA. Nov. 9, 2013 – Skaters at Bryant Park ice skating rink at Winter Village. (© 2013 Ann Parry/

The pink and green shadows each skater cast on the ice immediately caught my attention, and I used my Nikon D4 to capture the festive, energetic, colorful scenes at the Ice Skating Rink and Holiday Shops until around 9:30 pm.

Horrifically, tragically, about 90 minutes later at the rink, two teenagers were shot.

Bryant Park Winter Village, NYC 2013:   GALLERY     SLIDESHOW

Steve Simon:  The Passionate Photographer