♪♫ On a Hazy Day, You Can See the River ♪♫

Both the day and the afternoon gave way to a surprisingly beautiful sunset last night. After catching its pre-event glow near the former General Motors site, I drove to RiverWalk Park in Tarrytown to check out the viewing area.

Before the sun set over Sleepy Hollow/© Janie Rosman 2014

Before the sun set over Sleepy Hollow/© Janie Rosman 2014

Three panels were on the stone wall; a few people gathered around, talking. They left, and I took some selfies that, well, I need glasses and wasn’t wearing them; another person offered to take photos of me with the bridge in the background.

We started talking about the shared use path and the belvederes. A few more people came and looked at the panels, trying to figure (so I discerned from their comments) how what they saw on the Spotter’s Guide related to equipment in the river.

It was Sunday night, there was no construction activity, and the equipment we could see was near the bridge. I explained that particular panel describes each piece of machinery and its job. One person asked about the floating batch plant, which I pointed out (because I was now wearing my bifocals).

River reflecting pink sky near bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

River reflecting pink sky near bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

Unlike before the sun set, the sky was pretty in pink (like the movie title) and blue, amazing even with the haze.

A suggestion for the viewing area is elbow cushions on the stone wall for people like me who lean. When I said I’d be happy standing, one friend made a comment about me being easily amused. Well, it’s true! I do laugh easily, so thank you for the compliment.

One person from a group said the walking path needed more shade and protection from the wind, and that it was hard to tell what construction equipment looked like from here (where she stood). Visual guides are on the way. Read on. Another woman would have liked the panels to be interactive.

Sunset at night, construction by day/© Janie Rosman 2014

Sunset at night, construction by day/© Janie Rosman 2014

A source tells me there is electric power at the viewing areas, and that a bench, canopy and/or covering, and high-powered monoculars like the kind used on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building will be added. And I (5’2-1/2″) will be able to see the river activity when seated because (drum roll) . . . there will be monoculars!

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Nyack officials broke ground on a new 90-foot long fishing pier and accessible ramp for access to the river, this to be funded via a $150,000 Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization grant.

Each village’s viewing area is funded by a grant — $49,500 to Tarrytown, and $50,000 to Nyack — from the Community Benefits Program, a $20 million fund established by the state and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to aid communities close to the construction zone.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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