Year: 2015

Views from Liberty State Park to Hoboken

The Hudson River waterway between New Jersey and New York City is one of the most thrilling populated coasts in the world. Both sides have been developed as parks where you find people walking, biking, and kick scooting year round, especially when the weather is nice.

The pictures you see here were taken in the spring of 2014, starting at Liberty State Park in New Jersey and ending in Hoboken. This delightful journey on the New Jersey side of the Hudson can continue to Fort Lee, then north for miles on the Henry Hudson Drive in New York, so there is no shortage of areas to explore, although eventually the road along the palisade the Henry Hudson Parkway becomes more challenging.

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The pictures below show you some of the things I saw on this particular visit. Here I am standing by my Kickbike Sport Max (a bike-sized kick scooter) on the walkway in Liberty State Park – Downtown New York skyline in background:

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The walkway is nice and wide – perfect for accommodating pedestrians, cyclists, and scooters:

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One of many views of the Statue of Liberty from the park:

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WWII Memorial statue in Liberty State Park – Statue of Liberty in background:

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9-11 Memorial – Liberty State Park (note new Freedom Tower where World Trade Center towers stood in background of first photo):

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Here is the view from inside the memorial. If the World Trade Center was still standing, it would fill the view at the end of the memorial. Names of people who perished are etched in the walls.

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Old train station – Liberty State Park. In its day, this station was gateway to New York City:

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Marina at Liberty State Park. Skyline in background is Jersey City:

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You can take ferries from New Jersey to Manhattan at several points along the New Jersey coast. This one services Liberty State Park:

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Street scene – Jersey City:

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View down a street in Jersey City – notice Statue of Liberty in background:

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A reflection caught my eye:

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One of many condos lining walkway on the New Jersey side of the Hudson:

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Passing this man-made sandy beach overlooking the river along the walkway always makes me smile:

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View of the Lakawana Train Station in Hoboken. If you ever get a chance to visit, don’t miss a walk through the station to check out its famous and very beautiful waiting room.

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Pylons from another angle. These cannot be removed as they are now home to many aquatic creatures:

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While biking along the walkway, be sure to check out the beautiful reflections in the buildings alongside you:

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A beautiful day – beautiful ride. I heartily recommend this ride to anyone visiting the area – stunning views the whole way. The ride I chose was about a 10 mile round trip. Lots of places to stop along the way and take in the sites. Lots of places to stop for food, water fountains also can be found along the route. My all-time favorite place to ride.

Writer & Photographer

The photos and comments this article in this section were taken by Jerry Szubin (a regular Let’s Kick Scoot Contributor) in spring, 2014, in the areas from Liberty State Park traveling north to Hoboken, New Jersey.

Information for this article was initially posted in our Let’s Kick Scoot Forums.

Reasonably Priced Plays In and Around New York City

To help you find reasonably priced theatrical productions, consider attending the plays and other performances given by area colleges and universities:

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: AADA New York 120 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

American Musical & Dramatic Academy: 2109 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Barrow Group Acting School: 212 West 36 Street, New York, NY 10018

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York: Division of Graduate Studies – Theater 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn , NY 11210

City College of the City University of New York: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Performing Arts, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center: Theatre 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

College of Staten Island: Department of Media Culture – Cinema Studies Office of Recruitment and Admissions, 2800 Victory Blvd., 2A-404, Staten Island, NY 10314

Columbia University: School of the Arts – Theatre Arts 305 Dodge Hall, Mail Code 1808, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Columbia University: Teachers College – Graduate Program in Arts Administration 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

Hunter College, City University of New York: Arts and Sciences – Theater East 68th Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY

New School University: School of Dramatic Arts – Actors Studio Drama School, 66 West 12 Street – Room 616, New York, NY 10011

New York University: Tisch School of the Arts – Acting, Dramatic Writing, Musical Theatre Office of Graduate Admissions 721 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003

New York University: The Steinhardt School of Education  – Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions Drama Therapy, Educational Theatre, Education Building, Suite 777, New York, NY 10012

New York University: Tisch School of the Arts – Department of Design for Stage and Film, 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003

The NY School for Acting in Film and Television: 210 W 89th Street- 4E, New York, NY 10024

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts: 39 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

New York State

Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y): Harpur College of Arts and Sciences – Theater, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Cornell University: Theatre Arts 225 Center for Theatre Arts, Ithaca, NY 14850

Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus: School of Visual and Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville, NY 11548

Oswego State University (SUNY): 7060 Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126

Sarah Lawrence College: Graduate Studies – Theatre Office of Graduate Studies, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708

State University of New York, College at Purchase: Theatre Design / Technology Office of Admissions,735 Andersen Hill Road Purchase, NY 10577

Syracuse University: College of Visual and Performing Arts – Drama Office of Graduate Student Services, 200 Crouse College Syracuse, NY 13244

The Theatre Arts Center: 81-12 Roosevelt Avenue, #604, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

University at Albany (SUNY): Theatre Office of Graduate Admissions, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222

University at Buffalo – The State University of New York: College of Arts and Sciences – Humanities Interdisciplinary Program, 204 Clemens Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

University at Stony Brook (SUNY): Department of Theatre Arts Staller Center for the Arts,  Stony Brook, NY 11794

Performances in New Jersey and Other Surrounding Areas

For plays and other events in New Jersey and surrounding areas, check the New York Times “Regional” section.

Article Credit

Article and drawing by Karen Little. Posted November 18, 2015 on www.Littleviews.com. Request permission to copy any part or all of this article from Karen at Karen@Littleviews.com.

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Visit Little Neck in Queens, NY – bike, stroll, and watch wildlife

Visit Little Neck in Queens, NY

Little Neck in Queens, New York, is a residential neighborhood, not a park. Its appeal, however, is that of a park which borders on an important body of water and a salt marsh preserve.

The community is surrounded by water with views that include the adjacent Little Neck Bay and the Throgs Neck Bridge, a 2,910-foot suspension bridge that passes over the East River where it connects to the Long Island Sound.

The area of Little Neck covered in this article is marked below.

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While you shouldn’t plan on having a picnic in the city proper, touring it is a delight. The best way to see everything is on a bike, but walking is also easy, although you won’t cover as much ground. If you drive around it, you’ll need to pay attention to some one-way streets.

To begin your tour, start at Point [1] on the map, which is the intersection of approximately 36 Avenue and Park Lane. Travel up West Drive until its end, at Point [2]. Turn left onto Shore Road, a one-way street heading south, and drive along it until you return to Point [1], finishing the loop.

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To the right of West Drive you’ll see Throgs Neck Bay and the entrance to the East River as marked by Throgs Neck Bridge

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Beautiful water views remain in sight as you continue your ride. If you are in a car, periodically stop to take pictures, but do so quickly as parking is not allowed on the street.

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To the left of West Drive are beautiful homes, all nestled on wooded lots. Unlike today’s “McMansions,” many of these homes were built in the early 1900s when the community was still a fishing village, although few signs of its humble origins can be seen today. The private community fishing pier (seen above), for example, currently needs repair and is the subject of a fund-raising drive.

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The area between Point [2] and Point [3] takes you along a marshy area to the east and more beautiful homes on the west. There you can explore the Udalls Cove Park Preserve, a New York City park which was created in 1972 to protect the wetlands from being destroyed by the push of city development. The community of Little Neck provides an online guide to hiking trails in this area.

If you enjoy bird watching, Udalls Cove Park Preserve is the place to visit! Check their active Facebook page and meet (and possibly arrange to join) some of their enthused volunteers during your visit.

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If you enjoy seeing neighborhoods built before lovely shore communities were taken over by multi-family condos and yards guarded by fences so tall that you can’t see homes, systematically crisscross the city. Keep in mind that Shore Road runs from north to south, so begin your back and forth travel at the city’s tip.

LINKS:

AUTHOR:

Article and photos by Karen Little. Posted October 17, 2015 on www.Littleviews.com. Request permission to copy any part or all of this article from Karen at Karen@Littleviews.com.

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Visit Hoboken and the Hoboken Historical Society

The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy supports the waterfront parkway in New Jersey along the Hudson River between Fort Lee and Liberty State Park. Every inch of this parkway as guided by an interactive map on its site is stunning, with views of boating traffic, New York City, and New Jersey’s palisades. The best way to fully understand its magnificence is to ride its length by bike or kick scooter. To enjoy sections of it, visit communities along its way, many of which can be accessed by car, bus, ferry, and even New Jersey’s Light Rail Train.

Of particular interest to many tourists is Hoboken. This square mile community maintains its early 1900s charm and its association with former homeboy, Frank Sinatra, and today, Carlo’s Bakery. Since 2000, the city significantly upgraded its waterfront area so that visitors and locals can stroll (bike, kick scoot, or skateboard) from end-to-end immersed in world-class views, while enjoying parks, restaurants and, on its southern end, the historic Hoboken Terminal with its Tiffany-glass-covered waiting room.

The Hoboken Historical Museum, at 13th and Hudson Street, welcomes visitors by providing a highly curated collection of city artifacts, as well as maintaining an informative website that lists museum and civic events, many of which will help visitors make the best of their day while in town.

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Among Hoboken events that we have attended was a two-hour tour that took us to locations filmed in the movie, “On The Riverfront,” a 1955 Academy Award winner starring Marlon Brando shot almost exclusively in Hoboken.

Looking east from the Hoboken Historical Museum’s doors, you see one of the vistas of New York City that makes the city (as well as coastal Hudson County) a grand place to visit.

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Hoboken’s waterfront parkway provides many places to relax, with no shortage of restaurants. If, however, you’d prefer picnics, bring your own lunch, stop at a nearby Kings Supermarket for prepared gourmet food, or buy meals from food trucks that line Pier 13 on weekends.

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Parking is limited. Fortunately, an Internet Search will show you where public garages are located. Rather than drive, consider biking or kick scooting around this small city. If you plan to arrive from New York City, use the Path Subway System, which connects New York to New Jersey, or for a more fascinating ride, take a New York Waterway Ferry. Once here, everything is within walking distance from your point of entry.

LINKS

  • Hoboken Historical Museum: Features regularly changing exhibits, plus tours and other activities throughout the year.
  • Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy: Provides a walkway map, plus events and guides related to the public land that ranges between Fort Lee and Liberty State Park.
  • Hoboken on Facebook: Visit this active site for information on ongoing events and city news.
  • Hoboken Terminal: Visit this breathtaking location to view its architecture from the outside, as well as stroll through its active train station and Tiffany glass ceiling above its waiting room. The Path Subway arrives at this location.
  • Carlo’s Bakery: Visit the original bakery made famous by Buddy Valastro (“the Cake Boss”) and his team through reality TV shows on the Food Network and TLC.
  • Stevens Institute of Technology: Visit this beautiful campus which specialises in advanced degrees supporting maritime technology.
  • New York Waterway Ferry
  • Path Subway System: A service provided by the NY NY Port Authority.
  • Hudson Reporter: Read this weekly newspaper for news and events held throughout Hudson County, including Hoboken.

AUTHOR:

Article and photos by Karen Little. Posted October 14, 2015 on www.Littleviews.com. Request permission to copy any part or all of this article from Karen at Karen@Littleviews.com.

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