In 1992, a group of volunteers banned together with the specific goal of building a river trail from the Atlantic Ocean to Canada by promoting a low impact approach to the river; thus, the Hudson River Watertrail Association was born. The HRWA realized that the river was particularly difficult for small car-top boaters to either access or actively use for a multi-day trip on the river. They decided to develop a water trail that would accommodate such features. Starting from the mouth of the Hudson to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, the water trail provides overnight facilities every 10-12 miles. It is designed for limit range boats, but paddlers have use of many of the facilities as well.

Among establishing this water trail, the Hudson River Waterfront Association aims to conserve the beauty of the river by promoting recreational access to it, so that the public may also be able to appreciate its natural beauty.

The Hudson River Water Trail Guide is currently in its 6th edition and is the definitive manual for a “quiet exploration on the Hudson.” It is a mile-by-mile description of the Hudson’s features that may be of use and interest to sailors and paddlers. Such as, where one might stop to eat, pitch a tent, hand-launch a small boat, etc. The HRWT Guide also includes a suggestion of day and weekend trips from around the New York City area, as well as information about the geology and tide of the river. It is updated periodically.

There are roughly 100 members in the group, and it is currently headed by Lee Goldsmith. A list of their administration can be seen on their facebook.


Waterfront Commission

November 11, 2010

Created in 1953, a year before On The Waterfront premiered, The Waterfront Commission was created to help deter and combat criminal activity on the Port. They hold monthly public hearings in order to prevent racketeering which is still dominant in light of our economic downturn. Basically crime on the waterfront has yet to be eliminated but no longer exists in as public a sphere.



November 8, 2010

west point!

Fredric Edwin Church

October 20, 2010

Icebergs, by Fredric Edwin Church is categorized as a painting from the second generation of the Hudson River School (which is differentiated as the period post Thomas Cole’s premature death in 1848). ┬áTheir style of painting is generally regarded as Luminsim , in which the paintings depict the effects of light in landscapes often emphasizing the tranquility of nature. During the time, these painters did not refer to their own art as “Luminism,” however the term later arose after much comparison was made to the impressionist movement. ┬áStylistically, Luminism can be characterized by the attention to detail and the hiding of brushstrokes, while impressionism is the opposite.

Church’s “Icebergs” has been said to “encapsulate the Arctic Sublime in a single frame.” Interestingly enough, the painting was lost for more than half a century, and once it was discovered created quite a spectacle when it toured around England. It is said that people waited in tremendous lines and paid up to 50 cents to view the painting.
The painting was inspired by the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition which was lost while searching for the Northwest Passage in 1847. Note the mast in the foreground which pays homage to the lost voyagers (which was actually added later). What caught my attention to this painting is the way the sky looms above the icebergs in a serene yet almost omniscient way. The beige tones fade into the icebergs, yet somehow I find that the size and the magnitude of the icebegs are captured within the scale of the painting. Furthermore, Church gives us a first person point-of-view by placing the eye of the viewer on an iceberg.

Streets of New Amsterdam

October 4, 2010

New Amsterdam’s beginnings were heavily documented by Dutch cartographers. Most notable is the Castello Plan, that gives a particularly detailed map of virtually every structure in New Amsterdam. Coincidentally the Nicasius de Sille List of 1660 was surveyed that same year which entailed all the citizens of New Amsterdam and their addresses.

By looking at these maps you can see how avenues such as Broadway have been in existence from the very beginning. Also, the expansion of the city’s shore line as well as the expansion of the city as whole. As the city develops, it no longer remains the “walking city,” which spanned the length of roughly 2 miles, from Wall Street south. People start to move north as the city starts to flourish into a bustling Metropolis.

Walking Tours of where New Amsterdam used to be are also available:

sailing the pioneer !

September 27, 2010

part 2

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