Archive for June, 2014|Monthly archive page

Enjoy the Weekend – and Remember Safety First

"River Reflecting Sky"/Tarrytown resident Mary Westerfield

“River Reflecting Sky”/Tarrytown resident Mary Westerfield

Next Friday is July 4th. Mom comes home after having partial knee replacement surgery, then spending several weeks at rehab. What does this have to do with the bridge and river? In time, she’ll be able to see the gorgeous sky and sunsets at RiverWalk Park that I’ve been telling her about.

Construction takes a three-day hiatus; until then, the project continues.

Take note of lane closures on I-87/I-287 during the short week:
• Monday, June 30, to Wednesday, July 2— northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. AND northbound right lane near Exit 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Thursday, July 3 — northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

If you plan being on the river next weekend, this weekend — gorgeous weather today — or any time, then remember first things first: boater safety.

Why the U.S. Coast Guard set an RNA/© Janie Rosman 2014

Why the U.S. Coast Guard set an RNA/© Janie Rosman 2014

You know the rules, right?

Details — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — are listed under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation publishes numerous boating resources, including The New York State Boater’s Guide (pdf), detailing registration, operation, and safety information. There’s no better or safer time than now to learn those rules.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

What’s Your Creative Perception of the Bridge?

Encaustic painting: "Rainy Afternoon on the Tappan Zee Bridge"/© Heather Leigh Douglas, 2012

Encaustic painting: “Rainy Afternoon on the Tappan Zee Bridge”/© Heather Leigh Douglas, 2012

Blue skies, long days, gorgeous sunsets. Midwinter’s bare trees, early dusk, heavy snows. New blossoms peeking through in spring. Falls’ spectacular colors. Unique in all seasons, the landscape against the bridge is alluring.

Envision the future spans with psychedelic lights? Remember July 4 fireworks with the Tappan Zee as backdrop? Project officials want to know!

Painters, photographers and sculptors can send their interpretations of the bridge — new design or current — to the 2014 Bridge Art Show,  a collaboration with ArtsWestchester, Rockland Center for the Arts, Rivertown Artists Workshop and Nyack Art Collective.

“I’m delighted there is art related (related to the project) and hope there will be more,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said. “A bridge takes you places and brings people together, and it’s important art is involved.”

“Bridgebuilder,” woodcut 2-3/4” sq./Sleepy Hollow artist and collaborative print project facilitator Jeff White © 2014

“Bridgebuilder,” woodcut 2-3/4” sq./Sleepy Hollow artist and collaborative print project facilitator Jeff White © 2014

Langsam is encouraging amateurs and those more advanced to take part. “Artists in the Hudson Valley are a tight community in all counties,” she emphasized.

Engaging and connecting neighbors, comparing and appreciating how they see a shared focus.

“This is a nice way to join the Westchester and Rockland arts communities,” RoCA Executive Director Julianne Ramos agreed. “Artists appreciate the opportunity to say they were in a show, and have their work recognized.”

RAW Co-Director/Founder Naomi Vladeck felt the group’s establishment in the Sleepy Hollow cultural community is a bonus. RAW advocates for local artists to demonstrate their performance work, “(And) we’ve met a lot of visual artists doing that,” she said.

"Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park"/© Janie Rosman 2013

“Figure Sitting at RiverWalk Park”/© Janie Rosman 2013

The project’s Visual Quality Panel — including RoCA Board of Directors President Robert L. Fellows — will select a Best of Show and two runners-up for the work, shown in Tarrytown and Nyack.

“Art is your interpretation. I see things as I believe other people see them, NAC member Ken Burns said. His atmospheric painting of the bridge will be oil, acrylics or watercolor. “It’s a creative idea to have this show, and I feel people will be interested in seeing it.”

And who knows? Perhaps this show will set a precedent. All art is for sale, too, so if a specific work catches your eye, say so.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

A Regular Monday Afternoon. Until the Traffic.

Missed the exit to the Thruway heading east. Too far north, I took the next turn to a residential road, and realized I was lost — until I stopped behind an SUV with New Jersey license plates at a red light.

There’s a reason for everything.

When the light turned green, the SUV took off, and I followed it to the Palisades south, then took the right exit. No longer lost, I was now in traffic. Eastbound. Could have been worse. Nothing compares to the Mix-master (below), which is a traffic nightmare. I got stuck on that years ago.

Yesterday was a piece of cake in comparison.

The I-35E and I-30 downtown Dallas Mix-master/Cliff Baise

The I-35E and I-30 downtown Dallas Mix-master/Cliff Baise

The backup began somewhere around Exit 12, and I figured it was people going home from work, or shopping. And then I saw a truck with yellow overhead blinking lights.

By now, the sea of vehicles was inching toward the bridge. Early evening. Eastbound. On a Monday. Something was wrong.

In the right lane, a gray car sat with its hood up, as the Tappan Zee Bridge Patrol stopped behind it.

Had a perfect view of the construction from my driver’s seat for at least half an hour. I thought of the four turnaround lanes on the new bridge. For emergencies. Like the one yesterday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Shoutout to Readers: Helloooo Over There

Foggy night, Tappan Zee Bridge/ ©2011 Ali Perretz

Foggy night, Tappan Zee Bridge/ ©2011 Ali Perretz

Dear Readers,

WordPress stats for the past week show the United States visited this blog — as did Brazil, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada visited. And in the past 30 days, Slovenia, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Côte d’Ivoire, Italy, Saudi, Arabia, Egypt and Portugal, too.

Thank you for stopping by. Numerous times. I appreciate that you do. How did you find my blog? And what draws you back?

Are you an artist or a writer? A planner or an architect? Perhaps a biologist, a historian or a biographer?

Since the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ began on June 12, Brazil has checked my blog 12 times. Are you visiting or working at the games?

Perhaps you’re writing your thesis on some aspect of the project: ecology, environmental monitoring, geotech investigations, safety, equipment.

Or you grew up here and remember when Sleepy Hollow was North Tarrytown, when the General Motors plant was thriving — and you have bridge stories and memories.

You’re there. Reading here. And I wonder who you are. You know who I am, and where to find me. Where can I find you?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

Next Phase: Constructing Main Span Pile Caps

Steel piles are ready to be capped/© Janie Rosman 2014

Steel piles are ready to be capped/© Janie Rosman 2014

First comes main span pile installation, then comes capping to ensure a more stable foundation. Workers began constructing the football field-sized caps this week.

The 90 to 100 vessels and barges in the river will become more than 130 as the project ramps up. GPS trackers are being placed on construction equipment, and a geo (electronic) fence will be placed around the work zone.

Details about the Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span, and boating safety information, are listed on the New NY Bridge website.

safe boating

Westchester County boating safety is here, and Rockland County boater safety is here. It’s urgently important to boat safely and responsibly, and to know what to do in case of an emergency. Stay safe, and have fun!

Work on the Rockland trestle continues, as does pile driving from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Take note of lane closures on I-87/I-287 from today forward:
• Tuesday, June 17, to Thursday, June 19 — northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. AND southbound toll plaza lanes (Tuesday: 3, 4, 5; Wednesday and Thursday: 6, 7, 8) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, June 20 — northbound right lane near Exit 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., AND southbound toll plaza lanes 8, 9, 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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