It felt so great to be walking the river with no sweater, no parka, no gloves. The wind was ripping and the river was full of whitecaps but it was still over 55 degrees!. Tuesday the temperature drops again but we got a taste today.
I was walking in the area between 42nd Street and 79th Street. The change in the riverbank is extraordinary there. You start in a true urban mess of fences and gates and restricted access and then, boom, at 55th Street it opens up into Hudson River Park.
I stopped at Pier 96 and spent a goodly amount of time admiring “Private Passage” by Malcolm Cochran, http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/education/private_passage.asp. Pier 96 is also one of the launching areas for free kayaking in the summer
There were a significant number of couples out in Hudson River Park today, all giddy with the weather, and it seemed as if almost all the young women had stuffed animals of some kind, mainly bears…is this a new cult I am unaware of?
I then walked north and came to the Homeland Security/Sanitation block and was blocked from the river again, this time by guards and garbage trucks but around 61st Street it all just opens up and you can get to the river, there are picnic areas and walkways and suddenly citizens are as welcome as government employees. I walked north and came off the river at 79th Street because I needed to get my glasses tuned. A prosaic, but really necessary, end to the Quotidian Hudson day.
I have decided to try my daughter’s suggestion and see how it feels. Today we will have 3 pictures. Thoughts?