The best way to see the city is from afar, in my opinion. I grew up in an area of New Jersey where, if traffic and the intervening river were not an issue, I could have gotten to New York city in 15 minutes or so. Still, traffic and the intervening river usually are an issue, so we rarely ventured in.
I remember walking to my bus stop at 7:15am when I was in high school. I had to travel up one steep hill and down the other side. In the winter, I often got to see the sun rise over the city when I reached the crest of the hill. Breathtaking view.
These days, I have no real desire to get inside those borders and experience the feel of the city up close. But this vantage point? This I can appreciate.
The last time we were driving up Route 3 on the way to visit my parents, I pointed out the front window of the van and told the boys they could see the Empire State Building when we reached the top of the hill. They were duly impressed, and as such I made sure the rest of the trip was on the roads with the best views. This sudden interest in skyscrapers is what prompted our little adventure this afternoon. My mom took me, the boys, and my sister’s boys to a park in Weehawken which, for those of you not familiar with North Jersey, is right across the Hudson River from New York City. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton had their famous duel in the spot where the park – not coincidentally called Hamilton Park – now stands. I’m sure their view 203 years ago was quite different from ours today.
Summer is winding down. Just another week to go before we have a new routine to look forward to. It’s probably time to start getting ourselves used to going to bed early and getting up early as well. I’m going to miss staying in my pajamas until 10:00…