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Visit to a garden, a mansion & Gertrude V. Whitney exhibition at Planting Fields
Join us on August 19th as we take the Long Island Railroad to Oyster Bay and walk to the Planting Fields Garden and mansion. As we walk through Oyster Bay, I will point a few interesting places, but we won't be touring the town. Our goal is to reach the Planting Fields and Coe Hall. It is at the hall where we will see a collection of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's work. For instance, there are realist bronzes of First World War soldiers. Have you seen her WWI sculpture on Broadway for the Washington Heights & Inwood World War I Memorial? It is incredible and worth a trip to view it. Did you know that this is the centennial for the end of the First World War? Also, did you know she worked as a nurse at the front in WWI? This is the first exhibition of her work since her death in 1942. It is worth the one and a half mile walk to visit (45 minutes to 1 hour). Planting Field is one of the few remaining Gold Coast Estates in Long Island. Originally, it was the estate of William Roberston Coe, an insurance magnate and his wife Mai Rogers Coe who was an heiress to Standard Oil. The mansion has many original pieces that belonged to the family. It is worth viewing one of the Gold Coast mansions. Coe Hall is open from 11:00am to 3:30pm. Coe Hall & Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney exhibit: $5.00 Travel: Long Island Railroad Meet at: LIRR at Penn Station next to information booth by the waiting room Time of meeting: 10:05am (will only wait until 10:15am, then I'll board the train) Train going to Oyster Bay leaves at 10:25am from Jamaica transfer to Oyster Bay at 10:51 and arrive 11:46am Fare: $9.75Ad/$6.75 Seniors Lunch: Take lunch with you or you can have lunch at the Garden Cafe. Hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm Return: Walk back to Oyster Bay Railroad at 4:00pm Train: leave at 5:00pm arrive Jamaica 5:57pm take Penn train at 6:01pm arrive Penn Station 6:21am Fare: $9.75Ad/$6.75 Seniors Organizer fee: $15.00 (at the time when we meet)

LIRR Booths inside Penn Station

Penn station · Manhattan, NY


What we're about

We have fun, informative, sociable, and scenic walks or events in NYC, NJ, LI, PA, CT, DC, & Westchester.

These walks or events go to historic neighborhoods, scenic waterfronts, gardens/arboretums, museums, art studios/galleries, historic houses/mansions, forestland, waterfalls, annual festivals/events, and National historical parks.

Some of our walks are similar to walking tours, 1 1/2 to 3 miles in length, with the guide commenting and stopping at many points of interest; other walks, 5 to 9 miles long, explore a larger area with the guide commenting at points of interest but not stopping as much as a regular walking tour.


A modest organizer fee, which is listed in the description of each walk or event, is paid at the start of each walk or event. This charge is for the semi-annual Meetup fees as well as the preparation costs, such as spending a great deal of time and effort in planning and researching the walks or events, scouting out the walks or events (sometimes multiple times) in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, purchasing stationery supplies (presentation books, index cards, et cetera), and making photo copies. Each organizer has her/his own fee structure.


Please note: Members who incur more than a small number of no-shows (aka excused absences) might be removed from this group.


Liability Waiver: By going on an event/walk with NYC/NJ: Explore Architecture, Art, History and Nature, you agree to participate in the event/walk completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your safety and the safety of your guests. You agree not to hold the organizer, the co-organizer, and any other member of NYC/NJ: Explore Architecture, Art, History and Nature liable for any mishaps.

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