Planned on taking a trip up river but got diverted so walked the Greenway from 145th Street (Riverbank State Park) to the Bridge.
Beautiful day. Quiet and peaceful, sunny and warm, a good place and time for reflection until some idiot on a bike: bright-colored spandex outfit; the whole 9 Tour de France bike team drag look; decided to blow past me while I was changing lenses. His shoulder bag – what sort of bike poser has a shoulder bag? – swung out and hit my hands (and face) causing me to drop my zoom lens and spinning me around.
Stop, he did? Hell no. He is a bicyclist That means he is always in the right. As bad as car drivers, they are. Just kept peddling wildly up the path without a by your leave. It is not a good sound to hear crash, crack, tinkle coming from your lens but I was lucky. The filter absorbed the shock. It got bent and the glass broke but unlike my fear the actual lens was fine.
It was a great day on the river. Saw a guy fishing and stopped to speak with him and take his picture. Said hello…nothing. Asked what he was fishing for…nothing. Asked if he minded my taking his picture…nothing. Started shooting…nothing, no objection but no acknowledgment that I existed either. When I checked out the pictures I understood why.
Some of the worst pictures of a human being I have ever taken. I don’t know how he did it but he managed to guarantee I would not post his picture by making sure they were awful. The composition is ok, the exposure is fine, focus is good but they are just bad pictures. Magic, it is.
In honor of Mardi Gras (ok – I misspoke in the title) a lagniappe … I love our NYC rat and pigeon killing hawks, here is a picture of one of them hunting over the 145th Street/Riverside Drive entrance to Riverbank.
I have made a decision re pictures and this blog. When I go out of town I will not limit myself to one picture since I may not visit these places more than once. NYC I do daily…so away we go.
Today I decided to visit the next stop on the Metro North line and headed off to Hastings-on-Hudson. It is a smallish village north of Yonkers. From the waterfront in MacEchron Park you can see the Tappan Zee bridge very clearly as you look north and the George Washington Bridge as you look south. MacEchron Park is one of the few places in the village that you can actually get down to the water since the Metro North right of way effectively blocks access.However many of the residents have great views of the river since the village is built on a series of hills.
They also have completed a small piece of the Hudson River Greenway Trail through the village. I walked the The Hubbard Trail Extension to The Rowley\’s Bridge Trail and then through the town recycling area which had a small but poignant lawnmower graveyard to get back to the train station. The cafe at the train station has a very nice 42″ (I think) LCD TV which was playing the The Food Network (the Neelys to be precise). I asked the owner what else they showed and he said nothing. Food Network all day everyday.
It felt like spring out there today. I saw a father and son playing catch, a bunch of college students playing touch football, the soccer guys were out in force, and the bright red legs were jogging everywhere. More boats and barges on the river than I have seen since October. The tide on the river was very strong but it just didn’t look as cold today.
I am really struggling over which picture to post. The other day I asked my daughter for help since I was having trouble choosing and she looked at me and said: “Dad, why are you only posting one picture?” I said: “Well, when I started the blog I committed to posting daily about the Hudson and posting one picture a day.” She looked at me and said: “That’s dumb. It’s your blog, do what you want.” And I thought to myself…”H’mmm, she may have a point. WordPress will fire me if I post two pictures?”
Grammys tonight so today’s random facts are…The individual with the most Grammys is George Solti with 31. Quincy Jones and Alison Krauss are second tied with 27. U2 holds the record for bands with 22 and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has won 60!!!!
Among others, Lady Gaga, Muse, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire come up big tonight.
The Hudson, like every river, has two banks and so far I have primarily shot from the eastern one. Today I decided that I would spend time in the far western region known as New Jersey, Hoboken to be specific. I had read that NJ was developing a walk, The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, http://www.state.nj.us/dep/cmp/czm_hudson.html much like NYC’s Hudson River Greenway , http://www.traillink.com/trail/hudson-river-greenway.aspx and I set out to do some walking.
I hopped on the NY Waterway Ferry http://www.nywaterway.com/ at The World Financial Center and crossed to the NJ Transit Terminal in Hoboken. Right there in the station they have signs pointing you to the Walkway (which actually seems to run through the terminal.) At that point I had to decide if I would walk south towards Jersey City or north towards Weehawken. The coin came up north so off I went. The views of Manhattan from Hoboken are spectacular and I must particularly recommend the view from The Stevens Institute of Technology, which is on a hill overlooking the river.
Much to my surprise a number of areas within the first 1/2-mile of the terminal were blocked off from public use. It looked like parts of the Walkway had fallen into the river. A playground over the river was cut off by a chain link fence and bright orange stretchy material with signs saying “Danger -Keep Out”. Several walkways out into the river and major parts of Frank Sinatra Park also were blocked off. It turns out that despite being only 10 years old, much of the Walkway in Hoboken is collapsing. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/nyregion/08hoboken.html
You would think that, given humans have been living on the river for more than a thousand years, someone might have realized that it can be an aggressive and possibly destructive force and care must be taken in the materials used and in the design of structures. Apparently not.
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