Fun Facts About New York

Fun Facts About New York - New York City taxis

Everyone knows about New York City, also known as “The Big Apple,” but New York State boasts an interesting history filled with facts that make it one of the most interesting in the country. Without further ado, here are some fun facts about New York from us here at Babylon Honda!

  • Education is a strong point of New York. In fact, Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology is the only school to offer a major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
  • A throwback to New York’s “melting pot” status, the first daily Yiddish newspaper began circulating in New York City in 1885.
  • As for more modern news, the New York Post is the country’s oldest running newspaper. It was originally established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton himself!
  • George Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. The city was also the first capital of the United States.
  • New York City wasn’t always a global center of trade. The Erie Canal was built across New York in the 1820s and provided access to what’s now known as the Midwest. That development made New York City a center of commerce.
  • Farming and livestock have their home in New York. The nation’s oldest cattle ranch was established on Long Island in 1747. Dairy farms served as the state’s most important farming activity. In all, there are more than 18,000 cattle and calves farms throughout New York.

October Events in Babylon

kids in costume at Halloween - October Events in Babylon

October is a time to enjoy the cool fall weather, drink apple cider, and take the kids trick-or-treating. Babylon is home to a number of October events designed to bring people together for a night of fun. Here are some can’t-miss October events in Babylon recommended by us here at Babylon Honda!

Long Island Harvest Fest

The Long Island Harvest Fest takes place on October 7th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and kids 12 and under receive free admission. The festival will feature food vendors and craft beers as well as some seasonal favorites, such as roasted corn and access to a pumpkin patch.

This year’s event will feature a BMX Bike Show, live music, a free bounce house, and more. Plan to arrive early because the first 500 visitors will be entered in a free giveaway!

Not So Scary Halloween Party

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a party on Friday, October 27th. Darlings & Divas is hosting the pre-Halloween party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Not So Scary Halloween Party will feature desserts, a spooky dance party, and more. Kids will receive manicures to match their costumes and goody bags. Reservations are required and cost $29.99 per child.

Road Trip Ideas: The New York Taco Trail

New York Taco Trail

Looking for a fun road trip in New York? Check out the New York Taco Trail. The Empire State is home to some of the best cuisine in the country, including places outside of the Big Apple. You can follow the trail from Ithaca up to Syracuse and along the Finger Lakes. These are just some of the many places we here at Babylon Honda recommend.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the best places to visit is Viva Taqueria in Ithaca, NY. This place has authentic Mexican as well as variations like Tex-Mex. You can enjoy imported beer with classic dishes like fajitas and tacos. With big helpings and a friendly atmosphere, you won’t want to leave.

Next, make your way to Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn. This restaurant has a modern, urban look with casual food and delicious toppings that will make you want to return time and time again. If you’re in the Finger Lakes, stop by Mesa Grande Taqueria for some of the best food around.

Also, check out Tres Primos in Elbridge. This location has been making quite a stir in the region, offering authentic cuisine, including tacos, pico de gallo, refried beans, and delicious rice. Whether you love spicy food or milder dishes, there’s something for everyone at Tres Primos.

Other places along the taco trail include Azteca Mexican Grill in Camillus, The Mission Restaurant in Syracuse, Papa Gallo in Fayetteville, and La Cocina in Chittenango. Plan your gastro-tour along New York to experience some of the best Mexican food around.

New York Natural Wonders: Get Away on a Scenic Day Trip

New York Natural Wonders Hikes

Summer isn’t over yet, which means there’s still time to take a drive through New York. While many people flock to New York City for an unparalleled cosmopolitan experience, the Empire State also has some truly memorable natural wonders. At Babylon Honda, we’ve compiled a list of impressive New York natural wonders for your next road trip. Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic getaway, these spots are must-see locations.

According to OnlyInYourState, the Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains is surreal. This aboveground cave system features hidden waterfalls and distinct rock formations. You’ll need to hike some to reach some of the out-of-the-way scenery, but it’s well worth it.

The Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County are renowned on the East Coast for their picturesque beauty. You can take an easy half-mile hike to the falls along Kaaterskill Creek to see a truly stunning waterway. Once you near the falls, just be sure to take extra precautions because the rocks can be slippery.

Finally, see the natural wonder known as Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, NY. With a thin veil of water streaming down rock faces and cenote-like pools, this is one park you won’t want to leave. Follow the Gorge Trail for a rewarding hike, and be sure to visit every one of the nineteen waterfalls along the way.

Best New York Patios to Visit This Summer

2018 Honda Fit - Best New York Patios

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Few things are nicer than a delicious meal al fresco in a beautiful setting. Fortunately, New York State has plenty of Instagram-worthy patios with equally Instagram-worthy food. These are some of the best New York patios in our book, and are perfect places to enjoy a special meal this summer.

 

Lanzi’s On The Lake in Mayfield

Lazni’s is up north, so if you’re headed towards the Adirondacks, this is a great place to stop along the way. At Lanzi’s, you can enjoy your meal on a cozy lakeside deck. The menu is to die for, as is the view of Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

Blue Canoe in Erieville

This restaurant is found next to Tuscarora Lake, and has its own breathtaking views of the nearby water. Its intimate and casual deck is sure to become a favorite. Make a stop here next time you’re headed to Chittenango Falls State Park.

 

Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor is a darling New York down that deserves plenty of exploring of its own. Fill up first on a feast from this seasonal spot, which offers delicious breakfast as well as lunch items.

 

If you head north towards New York’s many lakes, you’ll have no trouble stumbling upon many other delightful patio dining options. Just do us a favor and stop in at Babylon Honda to tell us which new spots you discover that we should try!

Summer New York Destinations

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If you are located in The Empire State like Babylon Honda is, you know there are endless things to do all around us. Don’t just sit by your local pool all summer. Take a few weekends to get out and explore some of these New York destinations with friends and family.

 

Brewery Ommegang

This local brewery is situated in a beautiful part of New York, so the scenery here is always something to be appreciated. In the summer months, Ommegang hosts live music along with its regular public tours, so it’s a perfect place to take in sights, sounds, and, of course, beer.

 

Golden Hill State Park

If you live in the big city and are desperate for some one-on-one time with nature, you ought to drive to the northwest corner of New York to visit Golden Hill State Park. Bring your outdoor gear and set up a campsite right on Lake Ontario for a divinely peaceful weekend experience.

 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

If your family is dying for a way to cool down, this is the perfect place to visit. Here you can spend a weekend riding water slides and water rides and finish it all off with a hike in the nearby Adirondacks.

History of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - July 4th, Coney Island, NY
Long Island is full of rich history and memorable traditions. One such annual tradition is held every year on the 4th of July at Coney Island, just a couple of hours from Babylon Honda. This annual 4th of July celebration honors one of Coney Island’s favorite snacks—the hot dog.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is put on every year by the century-old Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand. Legend has it that in 1916, four immigrants created the first hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. The winner would prove themselves as the most patriotic of the four.

How many hot dogs one can eat may not actually determine how patriotic a person is. However, there’s no denying that hot dogs are a symbol of ballparks, Coney Island, and other beloved and iconic American settings. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a fun way for folks to come together and celebrate the 4th of July each year.

In order to participate in the contest, contestants must enter one of several qualifiers, which take place in cities all over the country starting as early as March. If contestants do well here, they can move up towards competing in the official Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July. This year will mark the 101st contest, and is definitely a festive event worth witnessing if you’re in the area this summer.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Of all the seasons, summer is by far one of the harshest, especially when it comes to cars. Hot, humid weather can do a serious number on vehicles, even if they’re parked in a garage. That can end up costing drivers quite a pretty penny in repairs if the car isn’t properly maintained. We here at Babylon Honda have a few summer car maintenance tips to share so you can enjoy your summer days cruising down the highway, not waiting on the side of it.

Belts
A problem with your serpentine belt will leave your car disabled on the side of the road. Waiting for roadside assistance isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s why it pays to have your car professionally inspected prior to a long road trip. Peak under the hood yourself. If the belt looks worn, shows signs of damage, or is loose, then it’s time for a replacement.

Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are a year-round safety mechanism that are both cheap to maintain and replace. Without them, you could find yourself driving blind through a summer thunderstorm. Don’t take the risk! Spend a few dollars and minutes to keep yourself safe on the road.

Tires
Tires that lack a good amount of tread could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Bad road conditions call for more traction. Take the time to properly inflate your tires for maximum surface-to-surface contact. Examine the sides and tread for any signs of cuts or bulges. Replace or repair the tire if necessary.

Don’t want to worry about it? Then schedule service at Babylon Honda for a complete inspection and we’ll leave the summer planning up to you!

Honda Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel to Cost $124 Million

Cars in an Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel

Wind tunnels aren’t a new concept in the world of automotive manufacturing, but automakers are constantly working to improve. Honda is the latest automaker to add a brand new multi-million dollar wind tunnel to its list of facilities, or it will at the groundbreaking in June. The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will cost $124 million and help designers and engineers create quieter cars.
Honda’s new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will feature two roads. The first is a five-belt rolling surface designed to test production vehicles like the Honda Civic and CR-V. The second, a single-belt rolling road, is primarily reserved for high performance and sports cars. When all is said and done, the new facility will be able to test at wind speeds of 192 mph.
Aeroacoustics is the study of the noise created when aerodynamic forces, in this case the wind, act on an object, like a car. The new wind tunnel will help designers and engineers create new wind noise reduction methods.
The new aeroacoustic will tunnel will be built at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is schedule to take place in late summer of 2017.
Here at Babylon Honda, we’re excited for the next generation of aerodynamic designs from Honda!

MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards Go to 2017 Honda CR-V and Civic

2017 Honda CR-V

Since 1983, MotorWeek has been choosing the best cars each year to honor them with its Drivers’ Choice Awards. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are the cars that the editors would love to have in their driveways. They focus on a variety of consumer factors including practicality, performance, price, and efficiency.

This year, two Honda models earned the top choice in their segments. The Honda Civic won the award in the small car category, while the CR-V was chosen as the best small utility. This was the second year in a row the Civic has earned this award.

MotorWeek noted that it was impressed with the addition of both coupe and hatchback models to the Civic lineup. The editors love the Civic’s fun-to-drive personality, feature-rich interior, excellent reliability, and its dynamic styling.

As for the CR-V, it arrives fully redesigned for the 2017 model year and MotorWeek loves the thoughtful redesign. For years, the CR-V has been one of the most popular choices in its segment. However, even in this tight, competitive segment, the CR-V continues to stand out with just the right combination of features and overall performance.
Come check out both of these award-winning models, along with the rest of the Honda lineup, available now at Babylon Honda.

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