Archive for the ‘South Nyack’ Tag

Random Photos from a Second Walk on the Path

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It was a last-minute decision to release pent-up energy from the past week. Windy, not very hot, good day for a walk. Windy it was, and humid, too. Today’s walk was to see what I missed last time, to find what others might overlook. Some of the overlooks were empty so I took pictures of their unique seating.

And it was me challenging myself to walk it again, this time at a brisk pace. As I neared the main span I realized I forgot to bring money for the Hudson Link bus as the free shuttle only ran on weekends, and this was Thursday.

I’d already planned to ask the driver where to send the money as I was too tired to walk back. One of the Thruway employees at the parking lot suggested I ask the New York State Police for a ride to my car.

Seeing a jeep near the back of the Welcome Center, I sighed in relief. Thank you to Trooper Griffin of Troop T for driving me across the bridge today. Appreciated the ride and conversation.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Sights and Stops from South Nyack to Tarrytown

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These pictures from Friday’s walk are randomly sequenced. People were friendly, the views were spectacular, I enjoyed seeing the bridge and landings art . . . and realized I’d missed something. One of several reasons to return. Till next time!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

A Closer Look at Art on the Bridge and Landings

Last week I walked on the trail and took pictures of the South Nyack landing and its sculpture landing through the barricades. It’s blends into and is at home on the landing.

“The artist is still there, and he’s working,” a man with a camera said, passing me as I approached the South Broadway underpass. On the other side was Chris Soria adding touches to his mural. I told him it’s beautiful, at which he turned, smiled, gave me a thumbs-up, and returned to his work.

As the path curves away from the bridge to the landing, you’ll see a sculpture that changes depending upon where you stand and creates equally-varied shadows.

You may recognize these sections of 6’ and 4’ pilings, used for the foundation and previously at the Outreach Centers. They’re just past the Tarrytown landing.

Detailed information about art on the bridge and at the landings is here. One other piece of art that got my attention was this work at the Tarrytown landing. I missed a few pieces of art and shall look for them next time.

Thank you to NYSTA crews on both landings for their help and for answering my questions about directions. Below is my shadow while taking the picture. Below is the sculpture is in-between the spur path and the Esposito Trail in South Nyack, where the Hudson Link bus driver stopped to let me off.

There are no signs in Tarrytown indicating the free shuttle bus* so I took the first bright blue bus that passed and enjoyed an air-conditioned and comfortable ride as we bypassed traffic. Yes, familiar traffic returned to the bridge.

*Later I learned it comes in-between the regularly-scheduled Hudson Link buses.

The website (click VISIT on the top menu, then FAQ from the drop-down menu) says the trip takes about 80 minutes. However, unless you walk quickly it may take longer when you factor in the heat and sun — and, of course, stopping at the six overlooks to take pictures, enjoy the views and read about Hudson Valley history.

More posts and photos to come. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Perfect Day to walk on the newly-opened Path

It was a beautiful day for a walk across the new bridge’s path. It was also very hot, sometimes windy, and never boring during my nearly two-hour journey. I left my car at the South Nyack landing and walked to Tarrytown, stopping to take pictures of the bridge and the gorgeous river views.

The Hudson Link driver who picked me up in Tarrytown didn’t stop at the South Nyack landing so I asked him to let me out at the entrance to the Esposito Trail. I walked back to where the spur path met the bridge path and then to the landing. Probably walked more than four miles total.

Remember I wrote about practicing for this walk and that my new hip joint can do this? During the past week I walked less than a mile and a half at one time and was tired from the walk. However, today’s trip was different: the path wasn’t hard under my feet like concrete is and was only challenging at times because of the heat.

Less than one mile to the landing per the above sign! After I passed the sixth overlook and felt the bridge slope toward Tarrytown (it’s an incline westbound) I began humming the theme song from Rocky. I did it!

Of the many exciting experiences covering this project for nearly seven years, I’d say today’s walk was on par with the main span towers’ topping off ceremony and the westbound span opening.

More posts and photos to come. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Same Trail, Different Look and New Reminders

After being on PAUSE for nearly three months, we’ll certainly be able to YIELD. And if anyone forgets, the word is underfoot in several places as a reminder. A sign at the street entrance tells people to stay six feet apart.

Doubtful people will forget. This afternoon I walked on the spur path and the Esposito Trail and saw some people wearing masks, some weren’t, everyone was friendly, a few waved hello. A bicyclist who was behind me said “excuse me” so he could pass. More people were on the new path than were on the trail.

“When is this going to open?” asked one lady, waving hello as we passed. She was walking on the trail; I’d just stepped aside to let the bicyclist pass. “No one told us anything.”

Another bicyclist stopped by the spur path entrance. “I wish this was open.” Both it and the entrance to new steps leading to Village Hall were blocked. “I think people using it will be respectful of each other,” he said when I mentioned the path is less than 12 feet wide. “I think we’ll all be careful.” The word YIELD was painted on the other side of the orange barriers, where the bridge and spur paths meet.

Here is a closer view of both where they meet at the bridge path. If you click on the photo and again click on the tiny magnifying circle, then you can see them closely. Mom will not be able to see the art on the underpass walls because the spur path’s initial incline is too steep to safely navigate her wheelchair.

There were three swing gates at the street entrance, too. I wonder how someone in a wheelchair or who uses a motorized scooter will be able to navigate it.

While the path’s overlooks, Welcome Centers and art placed along the way are nice touches, what would the original Tappan Zee Bridge builders think if they saw the new bridge and its tourist enticements? The design is modern, the new name removed history, and a neighborhood is forever changed again.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

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