Hudson River waterfront talk-n-walk

7/15/2008:

From the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy of NJ president Helen Manogue:

Take a Talk-n-Walk on the Hudson!

On Sunday, July 27 the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy celebrates 20 years of Hudson River Walkway development with a Talk-n-Walk along the famous shoreline path. The tour begins at 1 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours covering an easy one mile length. Participants meet at 12:45 p.m. in the Erie Lackawanna Terminal main waiting room. (The Terminal is on the waterfront just east of the PATH station on Hudson Place.) A reservation may be made by contacting info@hudsonriverwaterfront.org or calling 201-963-3511 or just arrive at 12:45 p.m. to sign in. Fee is $20, $10 for seniors and students and is tax deductible.

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The focus of the Walk will be the wealth of historic events that have occurred on Hoboken’s Hudson River shore since 1609. The tour will also include a review of the many recent developments. Paul Neshamkin, board member of the Hoboken Historical Museum will be joined by Helen Manogue, initiator and first chairperson of the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission in guiding the tour.

With this event, the Conservancy kicks off an annual series of Talk-n-Walk events focused on the history and current development along the Hudson River Walkway. Hoboken was chosen for the first event since it is the place the concept of the Walkway at the river edge was developed. Next year Weehawken’s Walkway will be the focus.

The Walkway is a 30 foot wide, free public-access path abutting the river edge. It was initiated by state administrative guidelines in 1984 and by law in 1988 as a required amenity for development along the riverfront from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge. The 18 linear miles of Walkway run through nine municipalities, seven in Hudson County and two in Bergen County. Sections of the Walkway have been constructed but there are still gaps in what is intended to be a continuous walkway. The Waterfront Conservancy works with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to close those gaps and to ensure the rights of the general public to a safe and accessible Walkway 24 hours a day.

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8 Comments on "Hudson River waterfront talk-n-walk"

Margaret
Member

I have myriads of stories from the times before that waterfront got there, whole chapters which didn’t get stolen yet, and those people who charge for what they don’t have should be ashamed. Life was altogether different that it is now, and the river became the big issue it is now.It was so filthy we avoided it, except for an occasional swim when the winch was there. Now it is amazing.Christie Whitman signed the legislation to get that walkway started and wanted it to extend
and our culture took it from there.

Margaret
Member

The 1609 Henry Hudson papers were my work, and neither of those people did the history here.

Biffy B For Mayor
Member
Biffy B For Mayor

What about a Bike tour? I rode from Hoboken to Liberty State Park, this weekend. Had a BLAST!!! — good times at Sand Bar too — even if it is a little run down and dirty.

elainetyger
Member
elainetyger

If you want a faster pace — less talking, more walking — try shorewalkers (dot org). Most of their walks are 2-3 miles an hour, with the longer and more rural walks done more quickly. They already did the NJ/Hudson walk in May, but maybe they will do it again next spring. It used to be the 11 miles from the GWB bus terminal in NYC down to the Hoboken PATH station, and now they have extended it to Jersey City if you want to keep walking. The guy who leads that tour does a pretty brisk clip with 1 or 2 15-20 minute breaks. He also does their monster tour — all the bridges in Manhattan that allow foot travel. He and a couple of other guys don’t use public transit between any of the bridges, so that is over 40 miles in one day.

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