3-5-11 Across the bridge to Fort Lee Historic Park

Since I was in two states today…I think we will have more than one picture…

This has been a weekend full of misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and all around miscommunication and that is just what I am hearing on the streets.

I am told it was a beautiful morning. By the time I got out it was overcast, still warm though, and quite windy.  I had planned to walk up to the Bridge and Lighthouse and back but on an impulse decided to walk the bridge to Fort Lee Historic Park because in all my time in NYC I had never done that. I know, a bit odd but so it goes. I know people who have lived in NYC for decades who have never done the Statue or the Empire State Building. I hadn’t been to Ellis Island until my daughter’s field trip several years ago.

The first thing I noticed this time was the Suicide Prevention Lifeline sign Take 5 To Save Lives at the entrance to the Bridge. There is also one on the NJ side. I don’t know if it is new or that I somehow have never noticed it before. When I got on the bridge it was windy!  Easily 15mph faster than on the entrance walk.  I had about 10 pounds of gear in a shoulder bag and the damn thing kept trying to blow onto the road.

Fort Lee Historic Park has clearly had a rough winter. Outdoor exhibits are run down,

Click on photo for full size image.

the visitor center was closed because of “NO WATER”`but the views of the river, NYC and upriver were wonderful. The only unfortunate element were the couples arguing all over the park. I heard 4 in less than an hour. I guess the idea was to get it out of the house and into the wild.  That was counterbalanced by the deer in the “woods”.

20 yards to the river and maybe 50 yards to a 40 story+ apartment building

As I started to walk back I noticed that the Jersey side has a “No Photography” sign at the Bridge entrance. The NYC side does not…

I am from New York.

6 responses to “3-5-11 Across the bridge to Fort Lee Historic Park

  1. You have such a great source of material to choose from, having Hudson River as a main topic for the blog.

    I can understand that many people from NYC haven’t been to the most touristy places … that probably happens in many, lager cities.

    Do you know WHY they have that ‘No photography-sign’ there??

    Also, I read your question in the WP blog. I have no answer, but now I almost wish I had not chosen to do this challenge with my self-hosted, wordpress.ORG blog because they never show up there. Only wordpress.COM.

    • As far as I know the No Photography sign went up after 9/11 during the great paranoia explosion (aka – the No Civil Liberties for you citizen period -which continues in milder form to this day). Given the amount of photos you can find on the web I have to believe that they just haven’t bothered to remove it.
      Today’s post went up on postaday with no problem so who knows. I guess they just didn’t like what I did yesterday.
      Hopefully you are getting some traffic from my site! I am enjoying reading you.

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