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New York's Best-Kept Secret: Untermeyer Gardens

Even though Manhattan never sleeps, you don't have to venture very far out of the borough to get some peace and quiet. I love taking day trips with my friend Angela to places I won't ordinarily venture to on my own, and I am so grateful for our friendship that is rooted in Christ.
Untermeyer Gardens is a 43-acre historical park situated in Yonkers, Westchester County, thirty minutes north of the city. Developed by lawyer and civic leader Samuel Untermeyer in the early 1900s, the gardens fell into disarray when Untermeyer died in 1940 and bequeathed it to the city of Yonkers who had no resources to upkeep the estate. It was not until 2011 that the Conservancy began work on restoring the gardens, and there are still areas of apparent but beautiful decay when you walk the grounds. 
Head down the Vista staircase to the West and you'll catch breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the imposing Palisades, with fall foliage in its full glory at this time of the year. Make sure you dress warm because you'll be exposed to the elements, but the spectacular landscape more than makes up for it. 

Untermyer Gardens is located at 945 North Broadway in Yonkers and open daily from 7am until sunset. Entry is free and you can visit their website for more details.

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