A little bit of nature at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in the hamlet of Great River on Long Island. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and part of the reason for that beauty is that it was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the infamous landscape architect who gave us Central Park and so many other beautiful landmarks. The grounds and the house, Westbrook are one of the few remaining on the South Shore of Long Island.
Shell of the former Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island which sits at the southern end facing Four Freedoms Park. This old Gothic style building was designed by the same architect who gave us St. Patrick’s Cathedral, James Renwick, Jr. It’s been abandoned since the 1950s and is known as Renwick’s Ruin. In the early ’70s, the building achieved landmark status and is actually the only ruin in all of New York State to achieve this. Currently, the ruin is undergoing a stabilization project and when that is complete, it will open to the public.