Monday, September 1, 2014

New Jersey: Hoboken Maxwell Place

Just over a mile from our place, we can come down to the Hoboken waterfront. On this particular day we visited the northern section, Maxwell Place. New construction buildings line a waterfront boardwalk, that has a small patch of grass and playground, a tiny marina, a dog park, and a pier of food trucks and drinking lounge. Far from the PATH and excitement of the lower piers, this one docks a ferry and is much more peaceful.






Friday, August 29, 2014

New York City: Belvedere's Castle Central Park

By this point in time, that is a couple of weeks into living in the area, we have compiled a great big "things to do" list, sorted into indoor and outdoor categories, and we're ready to attack the outdoor half while the weather is nice. (And by nice we mean hot and muggy.) This week's excursion had us on a low key visit to Central Park. We visited Belevedere's Castle, for a hazy view of the city, had a little picnic, and walked through the lower half of the park.





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York City: City of Water (Governer's Island and Battery Park)

Our first New York adventure was for the City of Water festival. M scored us free tickets to ride on a huge sailboat, so we left New Jersey super duper early on a weekend morning to get on board! It took a fair amount of googling to realize that public transportation on the weekend is not that easy. We ended up driving into the city for the first time (rookies need to get an EZ Pass ASAP) and walked to the Battery Maritime Building. From there we took the (free) ferry to Governor's Island. It was early so not many people were there, mostly just vendors setting up. Finally it was time to board our sailboat! Little N was so excited! It was a bit of a disappointment that the sailboat didn't spread its sails! Oh well! We landed back at Battery Park and had a little playground time before walking back to get the car from the garage (at least we got a coupon…who knew they have coupons for parking)?!

Battery Maritime Building


Leaving Manhatten


Governor's Island












Monday, August 25, 2014

New Jersey: Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey is located across the river from Upper Manhattan. It is mostly known for a bunch of shopping centers situated on the Hudson River, namely Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, as well as a large Asian grocer, in addition to most typical US chains. The saving grace of the (relatively) long drive for us is that the kids love hanging out by the river.