Thursday, December 28, 2017

Weehawken Dueling Grounds and Hamilton Park

Weehawken Dueling Grounds was a common dueling location from the 1700s to 1840s, with several famous duels including the Hamilton-Burr Duel. Located in Weehawken, New Jersey, it also offers great views of New York City.

Weehawken Dueling Grounds

Weehawken Dueling Grounds

"Upon this stone rested the head of the patriot soldier, statesman, and jurist Alexander Hamilton after the duel with Aaron Burr"

Plaque commemerating the duels that took place here

A plaque about the famous Hamilton-Burr Duel

The actual location of the duel is somewhere in the trees below

Hamilton Park
Hamilton Park


overlooking the Hudson River and Mid-town Manhattan

How to get there:
Take the A,C,E subway to Port Authority Bus Terminal, then take the 128, 165, 166 or 168 NJ Transit Bus to Boulevard East at Hudson Place.
Bus tickets are $3.50 one-way and can be purchased at Port Authority Bus Terminal from the automated ticket kiosks or ticket counter. Return tickets can be purchased in advance at Port Authority or while boarding the bus in cash (bus drivers may have limited change).

Alternative: Take the PATH to Hoboken, then take the Light Rail to Port Imperial. Climb the stairs up the cliff-side towards JFK Blvd and walk about half a mile south. The PATH costs $2.75, the Light Rail costs $2.25. Metrocards are accepted at PATH turnstiles.
Light Rail tickets may be purchased from automated kiosks at Light Rail stations, and must be validated before boarding the train.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Net Neutrality Protests

Pro-Net Neutrality protests in front of the Verizon store on 42nd St in mid-town Manhattan.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New York City July 4th Fireworks from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

This year, the Macy's Fireworks were located only on the East River along Mid-town instead of in both Mid-town and Downtown.

Most of the area between Vernon Blvd and Center Blvd was roped off. The only way to access Gantry Plaza State Park was through Vernon Blvd & 48th Ave. There was a bag check entering, but no other security checks.

At Gantry Plaza State Park at 4pm. By then it was already pretty full, so if you want a good spot, definitely arrive before 4pm.

crowd at the end of the pier at Gantry Plaza State Park

It was a long, boring wait on a hot day, but at least clouds provided cover from the summer sun.
fireworks barge moving in place

NYPD boat

NYPD helicopters on a fly-by


NYFD boat

After 5.5 hours the fireworks finally started.

fireworks reflecting off an apartment buildilng

skyline after the fireworks

large crowd moving towards the subway

After the fireworks, lines to enter the subway at Vernon Blvd Station were over 45 minutes long. In the end, it was easier to walk 15 minutes to Court Sq Station.