Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Scenes From New Bridge Landing

One thing about New Jersey: A little distance can make a big difference.

On short afternoon walks from my suburban hometown, I pass neat rows of houses and a busy county road, and then just yards away I seamlessly pass into the Revolutionary War era.

Sure, I can see a shopping mall beyond the trees in the distance, and I know there's an Applebee's and Home Depot just down the road, but here -- at Historic New Bridge Landing Park -- an abundance of trees creates the illusion of a time bubble.

Buildings at New Bridge Landing Park
From top: Steuben House,
Campbell-Christie House,
my favorite barn at sunset.

It's quiet here, and in recent COVID days I often have the place to myself and pretend I am haunting it.

You can read all about the park, download resources, hear podcasts and take virtual video tours at a Bergen County Historical Society website. It describes the site this way:

"Historic New Bridge Landing preserves a compelling and scenic fragment of the Jersey Dutch countryside, strategically situated at the narrows of the Hackensack River and famed for its compelling role in the Revolutionary War. Its distinctive antique dwellings, artifact collections and scenic landscapes are uniquely reminiscent of a vanished folk culture, dependent upon the tidal river as a commercial artery and a self-renewing source of nourishment and industrial power."

Here are some images to help you set the scene. The locally iconic red barn is my favorite.

Stop by for a visit some day. See hello, if you see me, or my ghost, wandering the grounds, taking photos.

Various images of New Bridge
Various views of "New Bridge," constructed in 1889
on the site of "the bridge that saved a nation." You can look it up 🙂

Oldtime baseball, and other pre-COVID activities at New Bridge Landing
Pre-COVID old-time baseball games and dances.
Bottom right, a peak behind locked doors in March 2021.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Storytelling in 6 Words, with Images

A chance tweet caught my eye today: poet Ty Gardner was promoting his latest work, "A Thousand Little Things," which contains 1,000 monostich (or "one line") poems.

This is not unlike the popular "six word stories" that have always intrigued me.

As I post images on Instagram lately, I find that less is more when writing captions, and I have even been playing with using haikus as captions to accompany images of New York City.

But tonight, inspired by Mr. Gardner, I thought I would try something new: post seven images, with six word captions that tell their story.

Why seven? Because seven times six equals 42. And 42, according to the writer Douglas Adams, is "the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything."

Here goes.

Unfinished crossword puzzle

Unfinished by Dad, before he died.

Empty museum room

I stood alone, surrounded by history.

View of NYC from a plane

Returning March 2020, never to leave.

51 luminarias on the steps of a town building

Remembering our town's 51 Covid deaths.

View of First Avenue, NYC, at night

First Avenue promised infinite possibilities ahead.

Overhead view of people walking the floor of the Oculus

We traveled in threes, for protection.

Woman viewing hollow wooden statue

Art is shallow; love is whole.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

9 Photos on a Saturday in New York

Photo collage
Captions in haiku

Children running around the Imagine mosaic at Strawberry Field
Running in circles,
imagining no heaven,
children laugh at us.

Young girl in a blue formal dress, getting her photo taken

A cloud for a dress.

Pink carnations and a crown.

The world is your stage.

Street musician playing in foreground; uninterested person sitting in the background

Two people apart.

Unmoved by the melody,

"Besame Mucho."

Central Park charioteer taking a photo of his recent fare, a father and daughter

Ride available.

White chariot, lined in red.

Remember this day.

Girl on a cell phone, seated alone in the distance

Bethesda Plaza.

The one thing I share with you.

Lost in the moment.

Photographer taking a photo of a couple on Bow Bridge

Document our love.

Compare it to the skyline.

Our smiles, brighter still.

Street musician playing without an sudience


plays music for us to dance,

in social distance.

Alice in Wonderland statue, Central Park

We're all mad, Alice.

We were different people then.

Curiouser now.

Well-dressed couple posing for photo outdoors

We are not posing.

We are in a fairy tale.

You do not exist.