Construction and Decay around Hoboken

During my walk through Hoboken, I kept passing various construction sites and abandoned piers. So I took a bunch of shots of them. Enjoy!

The crane is ready but no one is around.

The crane is ready but no one is around.

It's on a hill of rubble.

It’s on a hill of rubble.

Hole in a pier.

Hole in a pier.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Interesting rubble on the river.

Missing sections.

Missing sections.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Something was either on fire or exploded.

Ceiling collapse.

Ceiling collapse.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Looks like it fell onto the ground.

Break out the giant tonka toys!

Break out the giant tonka toys!

A crane is ready too.

A crane is ready too.

That is a lot of damage.

That is a lot of damage.

Next week: My yearly trip to the Bronx Zoo – this time with sea lions and a komodo dragon!

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Sybil’s Cave is Locked up

While on my Hoboken walk along the Hudson, I saw an odd arch across the street so I wandered over to take a look. It’s a landmark called Sybil’s Cave. The cave is a natural spring and is buried under Stevens Institute of Technology Hill across the street from the skate park. Inside the arch is a metal gate that is, unfortunately, locked. There are some benches outside as restaurants have used it in the past. However, the water has since been found to be undrinkable and there are no plans to reopen the cave itself to the public as of this time.

History on a plaque.

History on a plaque.

The archway.

The archway.

Some spots for lunch.

Some spots for lunch.

There's the gate.

There’s the gate.

Yup, locked.

Yup, locked.

It's a large hill behind it.

It’s a large hill behind it.

Kind of stands out a bit.

Kind of stands out a bit.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

This is what it looked like from across the street.

Next week: I walked by a few different construction sites and damaged areas. That always makes for an interesting look.

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Walking the Hudson in Hoboken

Having lived in the area for close to 10 years, I decided to actually take a walk along the Hudson River in Hoboken. It was a hot summer day, but I got my exercise in, saw some sights, and got a bunch of fun images of the area. The walk started at the 9th St Light Rail stop and went down to Sinatra’s house, then over to the river, and back up to the Lincoln Harber Light Rail stop. It was a good walk that kicked my butt.

Apparently there was a festival here the day before.

Apparently there was a festival here the day before.

Sinatra's birthplace. I did not take a picture of the plaque on the ground as a dog had recently visited it and blessed it.

Sinatra’s birthplace. I did not take a picture of the plaque on the ground as a dog had recently visited it and blessed it.

His house is now a parking lot.

His house is now a parking lot.

The back of Our Lady of Grace church.

The back of Our Lady of Grace church.

The front of Our Lady of Grace.

The front of Our Lady of Grace.

The bandstand in Church Square Park.

The bandstand in Church Square Park.

Someone lost their luggage.

Someone lost their luggage.

A creepy alley in Hoboken.

A creepy alley in Hoboken.

Another church before we reach the river.

Another church before we reach the river.

Baseball with the city in the background.

Baseball with the city in the background.

Hello NYC.

Hello NYC.

A lovely boardwalk covers Hoboken along the Hudson.

A lovely boardwalk covers Hoboken along the Hudson.

Fun with clouds.

Fun with clouds.

Lots of places to sit.

Lots of places to sit.

A memorial to ships.

A memorial to ships.

Nicely placed ESB.

Nicely placed ESB.

Abandoned tracks for old shipping.

Abandoned tracks for old shipping.

More scenic seating.

More scenic seating.

That is one colorful train.

That is one colorful train.

A shady park for shelter from the merciless sun.

A shady park for shelter from the merciless sun.

Anyone want a boat?

Anyone want a boat?

Next week: We come across Sibyl’s Cave.

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Morningside Park for some Shakespeare

I had a last minute trip into the city to help with the last performance of Romeo and Juliet I had worked on earlier in the summer. They were now performing in Morningside Park, so I had to head up there. I had never actually been in the park itself, just walked by it a few times to get to other places (St. John the Divine, Columbia University, etc). So I got to take a bit of a walk through the southern section of it on a bright sunny day.

Arriving at the southeast entrance of the park.

Arriving at the southeast entrance of the park.

Down the steps we go.

Down the steps we go.

Less steps than Bethesda Terrace.

Less steps than Bethesda Terrace.

St. John the Divine overlooks the ball fields.

St. John the Divine overlooks the ball fields.

The bathrooms are locked.

The bathrooms are locked.

A scenic pond in the park.

A scenic pond in the park.

A black crane in the pond.

A black crane in the pond.

Cats hunt along the pond.

Cats hunt along the pond.

Turtles along the pond.

Turtles along the pond.

That's a lot of turtles.

That’s a lot of turtles.

Viewing the pond from the north.

Viewing the pond from the north.

A shady staircase and a sculpture.

A shady staircase and a sculpture.

This is also a water fountain.

This is also a water fountain.

The stairs on their own.

The stairs on their own.

The street lamps are nicely designed in this area.

The street lamps are nicely designed in this area.

The white crane arrives.

The white crane arrives.

Ok, fine, I won't land there.

Ok, fine, I won’t land there.

Surveying his domain.

Surveying his domain.

Watching the show from the trees.

Watching the show from the trees.

A cat is hunting the crane.

A cat is hunting the crane.

Next week: A walk along the Hudson River in Hoboken.

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A Summer Sunset Over the Shakespeare Garden

I went to the first Shakespeare in the Park show this year but got there early, so I wandered around the Shakespeare Garden as the sun started setting. I’ve covered it in the past and I wasn’t planning on taking pictures, but the effects of the setting sun were just too good to pass up.

Light shines through the trees onto the path.

Light shines through the trees onto the path.

The sundial awaits.

The sundial awaits.

The sun lights only a section.

The sun lights only a section.

Usage of sun rays.

Usage of sun rays.

Spooky angles.

Spooky angles.

Looking up to the dial.

Looking up to the dial.

Wide open and drinking in the sun.

Wide open and drinking in the sun.

Sun setting behind the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Sun setting behind the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

The staircase is hit with light.

The staircase is hit with light.

The stone staircase.

The stone staircase.

Light sprays across the walkways.

Light sprays across the walkways.

Next week: The southern side of Morningside Heights Park.

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The Luxury Hike of the Adirondack Interpretive Center

Took a trip up to Newcomb, NY for some hiking. We ended up at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, which has several trails (they are short so we did all of them, which ends up being approx 3.5 miles) with names like Rich Lake Trail, Peninsula Trail, Sucker Brook Trail, and RW Sage Memorial Trail. These are divided into two segments so the best way to do it is to do one side, then eat a nice lunch, and the do the other half. The trail is connected with SUNY ESF¬†and there are classes for schools there. It’s handicap accessible, something I’m not used to with hiking trails, but after a long ride out to it, I was thankful for how easy the trails were. They are well maintained and there are several bridges. I called it a luxury hike as there are benches for sitting along the trails. Since they go around two lakes and several brooks, the ground is very soft and you have to be careful after a night of rain that you don’t get stuck in the mud. Also, in early summer, lots of bugs. We survived. The most difficult hurdle we had was the steep staircase found on the Peninsula Trail which we did last. So yeah, that kicked everyone’s butt.

Where we started.

Where we started.

Viewing through the trees.

Viewing through the trees.

Proof of the luxury hike.

Proof of the luxury hike.

Wooden bridges over marshes and wetlands.

Wooden bridges over marshes and wetlands.

Railing on bridges over the creeks and rivers.

Railing on bridges over the creeks and rivers.

Bridges help get nice views of the lakes without trees in the way.

Bridges help get nice views of the lakes without trees in the way.

Some of the water flowed very quickly.

Some of the water flowed very quickly.

Now, will you go left or right?

Now, will you go left or right?

The trees made for great shelter from the hot sun.

The trees made for great shelter from the hot sun.

A brown river.

A brown brook.

Coming up on another long bridge.

Coming up on another long bridge.

Really nice views of the lakes.

Really nice views of the lakes.

Sunshine for all on the lake.

Sunshine for all on the lake.

This gazebo marks the other side of the trails.

This gazebo marks the other side of the trails.

Somebody left their boat out.

Somebody left their boat out.

Go ahead, pull the chain, see what happens.

Go ahead, pull the chain, see what happens.

A spooky choice to make.

A spooky choice to make.

Out on the middle of a long bridge with no railing.

Out on the middle of a long bridge with no railing.

Very peaceful out in the woods.

Very peaceful out in the woods.

Stairs. Why are there so many stairs!?

Stairs. Why are there so many stairs!?

This rock is at least 20 feet tall ... I think.

This rock is at least 20 feet tall … I think.

Next week: We return to the Shakespeare Garden as the sun sets on a summer night before some Shakespeare at the Delacorte.

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Shelving Rock Falls – A Short Hike with Lots of Water

As Summer arrived, I took a trip up to the Adirondacks to relax, get some hiking in, and see family. One of our shorter hikes was to Shelving Rock Falls. The trail is on the eastern side of Lake George and is a very long drive that takes you into the middle of nowhere. We found the parking lot and started from there. The beginning of the trail – an old carriage road – had what looked like run off damage from the rains and a lot of rocks covered the path. It didn’t last for too long (probably 100 feet) until the path smoothed out. There was other rain damage later, but nothing to this degree.

There is a way down to see the falls that is steeper. I opted to go down for a good look, then followed a smaller path along and above the river. There were some downed trees which made it a bit difficult, but not too much so. The falls themselves are about 75 feet tall and are quite sheltered by the trees. However, if you hit it at midday, the sun floods the area with light. Following the falls and river will quickly get you to the Log Bay area of Lake George. There were more trails to check out but, due to the rains, they were flooded. So we went to the lake and turned back around.

The land was once owned by a man named George Knapp who built his estate up by the falls. It was destroyed in a fire in 1917. There is a ruin of the gardens along the path by the falls.

The path starts here.

The path starts here.

The calm before the falls.

The calm before the falls.

Reflection in the still water.

Reflection in the still water.

The top of the falls have a large pipe in them.

The top of the falls have a large pipe in them.

Half of the falls.

Half of the falls.

The other half.

The other half.

The whole falls.

The whole falls.

This rock looks like a turtle head.

This rock looks like a turtle head.

The pool at the basin.

The pool at the basin.

I'm standing on some rocks out in the middle of the river before another drop off.

I’m standing on some rocks out in the middle of the river before another drop off.

The drop off behind me.

The drop off behind me.

Lots of felled trees (the path I just walked is on the right side of the water).

Lots of felled trees (the path I just walked is on the right side of the water).

This tree pulled up some rocks.

This tree pulled up some rocks.

Run off from the rain across the path.

Run off from the rain across the path.

Hello Lake George.

Hello Lake George.

An island out in the lake.

An island out in the lake.

The carriage path is wide and nicely shaded.

The carriage path is wide and nicely shaded.

The ruins up by the falls (you only see these along the carriage path, not the falls path - we caught them on the way out).

The ruins up by the falls (you only see these along the carriage path, not the falls path – we caught them on the way out).

More of the ruins.

More of the ruins.

The moss has invaded.

The moss has invaded.

Back to this bridge and the parking lot.

Back to this bridge and the parking lot.

Next week: A luxury hike at the Adirondack Interpretive Center.

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