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New Ride on Eastbound Span; SUP is Underway

Nice, roomy ride back to Westchester this afternoon that gave me a much closer look at what little remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was in the right lane as cars whizzed by me.

It looks close for 160 feet apart; however, it’s an optical illusion from the driver’s seat. This is a better view of the old bridge than from the westbound span.

En route to Rockland, I wanted to see where the shared use path left the bridge. It was difficult to tell so I found where the path separated from the Thruway.

The newest span is open, it’s a smooth ride that offers a better view of what’s doing on the east side of the old bridge. Don’t forget to check the great view of the Hudson Valley heading westbound.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Greeted by Nature Today at the Perfect Time

The Esposito Trail was sunny and empty save for the occasional bicyclist or person walking a dog. We politely smiled at one another as we passed, I with shoes and a jacket and a camera, they with shorts, tee shirts and sneakers. Not longer after I began walking I saw a black bird that posed for me, a contrast with the Thruway’s background traffic noise.

Even more remarkable was the white butterfly that gracefully flitted around me. I said, “Hi, daddy,” as I always do when nature comes near me, then asked it to please stop so I could take its picture. To my amazement, it glided gently to the ground in front of me and folded its wings, and after I clicked the camera button it flitted around me again before flying away.

I miss my dad so much it hurts at times. Tomorrow will be four and one-half-years to the day he left us. The word is died; that’s hard to say and even more painful to write. Today’s walk was peaceful even as I passed trees marked with orange dots and wooden posts tied with what looked like pink plastic and that had letters and numbers written on them.

Several trees on the South Nyack side (not the Thruway side) were down, and the fact that others were marked indicated what was to come. People walked in the middle of the path as I did, moving to the right when we approached each other from opposite directions.

To reiterate how I felt last year and still do, it’s hard to imagine what it will be like walking the trail, which will remain cinder, once the new path is built. Good news is I’ll still have to brush off the bottoms of my shoes before getting back into the car.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Paving Paradise . . . to put in a New Side Path

The last time I walked the Esposito Trail was last July, more than year prior to my eye exam that led to cataract removal surgery. I lost my eyeglasses there the following day and hope whoever found them donated them to an organization or left them in a box where eyeglasses are collected.

With new eyes and a new hip joint (mid-March), I’m going to walk the trail again to check out the greenery as Thruway Authority crews are beginning to clear away trees in South Nyack. Note there will be temporary traffic signals and one lane on the South Broadway bridge; they’re building an underpass for the side path.

Would that things had turned out differently. This is a pretty trail; I’ve not been here often yet enjoy walking it. I can’t imagine what it will be like with the side path. We’ll find out soon enough.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Cynthia Nixon on Tolls, Transparency, TZB Name

In Tarrytown, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon and NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti discuss the bridge, govt. transparency and other issues./© J Rosman 2018

NYS Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (92nd AD) and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon discussed tolls, names and more yesterday against a backdrop of the remaining Tappan Zee Bridge and the new Cuomo Bridge.

The “more” was your intrepid reporter asking Nixon, an education activist, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award-winning actress, about the path that will disrupt South Nyack a second time and for which crews will begin prep work next week.

“What most people use is transit and roadways, and the Tappan Zee Bridge is part of that system,” Abinanti said, endorsing Nixon for governor. He said the project has been shrouded in secrecy, and media have been unable to access information re funding, construction and time schedules.

“When I was a kid, my mother worked at Lamont-Doherty (Earth Observatory), and I spent a lot of time in Rockland,” Nixon told the group. “There are a lot of bad feelings about the way the Tappan Zee Bridge was renamed, so hastily, without community participation.”

The late Mario Cuomo “was a beloved governor, and I don’t think it’s out of place to name some important landmark in New York after him,” she said. “I’m not sure this was the right way to do it, without community participation, without the community weighing in.”

Nixon wants more transparency about the Cuomo Bridge’s cost, what the tolls will be and the plans for mass transit across 3.1-mile spans in addition to buses.

While tolls are frozen until 2020, costs beyond and discounts for Westchester and Rockland residents who cross for work or leisure remain unknown.

“I think getting rid of the toll takers was very hastily done, and the company given the contract has a troubling record in other parts of the country,” Nixon said. “At a time when there is great concern about identity theft and people using others’ private information, I think we need greater transparency and accountability when you’re dealing with citizens’ private information.”

I asked about how to preserve South Nyack from the impending construction when a side path is built next to the Esposito Trail. Nixon said the administration didn’t take the village into account when plans were made.

“We needed more community involvement,” she said. “We have such beauty in the state, and yet we see gentrification that is not making New York for the people who are living in those communities.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

What’s the Walking Distance of the New Path?

This is happening! Next week and/or mid-month, construction and prep begin for the new path. The above (driving) distance is from 303 S. Broadway in Tarrytown to where the shared use path would open onto Clinton Avenue and S. Franklin Street in South Nyack. So perhaps while the bridge is 3.1 miles, the distance from the Tarrytown information center parking lot to South Nyack is 3.3 miles?

If you start at the South Nyack parking lot, then it’s a longer walk to Tarrytown.

A friend and I used to take the train into New York City at night and walk around. If 20 city blocks (street to street, not avenue to avenue) is one mile, than we covered quite a bit of territory. I wore Easy Spirit Motion shoes and never thought twice about comfort as my feet were happy. Sneakers might be more supportive now, especially after hip surgery; however, Merrells have been and are my mainstay.

Maybe either the Thruway Authority or the state will consider offering rides to walkers who need them as there’s no shade on the bridge. Bringing an umbrella takes up space, and unless I was the sole walker it’d be rude to take up someone else’s space.

I was gently reminded last week the new path is more than six miles roundtrip. While I’m planning to walk one way, I might need that ride back as it’s been more than 20 years since I walked 60 city blocks in one night with my friend.

Still, I recently resumed walking between one to two miles daily at least four times a week. During one of early the open houses for the project, someone from the state joked about selling cold beverages at the viewing areas. It wouldn’t be a bad idea.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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