I have not been my usual participatory WordPress blog self (either reading or writing) these past few days and today I barely managed to get a blog post in at all. I threw up one pic of the Mermaid Day Parade but it was the best I could do. There will be a full blog about the parade in the next 24-48 hours.
We have been busy getting Abigail ready for camp. Today we drove her up to Vermont and then came back. Basically we left at 11 and returned at 11. Not a bad drive all in all but a long day and tomorrow morning I have to return David and Jenna’s car so Jenna can take the kids on an upstate adventure. I will then retrieve the Graciemobile from the friend we loaned it to and see why it started acting up. (I hate cars. That is a big reason I live in NYC). Hardly anytime to blog and not much time to shoot but I did get a few good pictures of the camp campus and one shot of the town that I liked.
From Hoboken in 2011
The Erie Canal (opened 1825) was completed early and under budget. This may be the last time in US history that can be said about any project – public or private.
I grabbed the bull by the horns, yesterday. Really took a risk and just decided to go for it. Grabbed for all the gusto. Took the path less frequented. Went my own way. Reinvented the wheel. After all, all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
To cut to the chase, the long and the short of it is…
I went to the river yesterday…without my camera! I thought I would try to see it with unmediated eyes. It really felt very odd. To begin with it took a while for me to stop looking at everything as if I was framing it. Naturally I saw several moments that I thought would make great pictures. Once I was able to relax though, it was pleasant and restful in a different way than my normal river meditation.
I will have to try it again some day.
Meanwhile here are three pictures one from each of the quarters of the year we have completed.
2/08/11 - From Hoboken
4/07/11 Tarrytown - The Tappan Zee Bridge
9/01/11 Lower Manhattan
That’s a wrap.
February – Hoboken Terminal
Fun day today – very hot and humid so off to P\’town for shopping and people watching. It is Bear Week, so lots of bears were out and proud.
On the way home we stopped at Long Pond.
There were three young gentlemen who were getting read to leave but…when the girls showed up they decided to stay and “chat”. For some reason they decided the girls were Jamaican which particularly amused Abigail. In Panama she was asked if she was Chinese.
Of course, Katherine swimming and my wandering the shore with my camera perhaps put a bit of a damper of the conversation but so it goes.
Came home and played a few rousing hands of Apples to Apples and Scattergories.
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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I went a little links crazy today, since I think I figured out how to embed them. Please let me know if they don’t work!
First sunny day of 2011. The people at New York Waterway who run the ferry system between NJ and Manhattan have been kind enough to give me a pass so that I can ride their boats and shoot the river all of 2011. Almost immediately a security guard stops me and says that I can’t shoot in the terminals or on the piers because of orders from Homeland Security. On the boats, no problem. This shot was taken from just off the Hoboken landing pier with no objection. Strange times.