The Waterfront (at Exchange Place-PATH station) remains without any doubt my all-time favorite place to hang out, take in the world, or re-discover the quiet, calm solitary walks can achieve. It's probably one of the safest spots in metro NYC. Port Authority's presence seems constant morning, afternoon, and even very late at night.
But logistic basic stuff first:
1. It's totally free. And again, the spot I prefer over all others is on the boardwalk at Exchange Place and Jersey City's HBLR stop. Common sense, for sure, it's still an urban area...but I've been visiting for years as a NYC-lover & much more since re-locating to Jersey City Aug-2013.
2. Why? What is there to do? Answer # 1: BEST VIEW OF NYC's skyline, especially lower Manhattan's newbie VERY tall-drinks of sky, shimmering glass, & chrome. Trust me...It's virtually impossible to appreciate the wonder of it all once you're across the Hudson in the City. (You know: not able to see the forest because of all the big trees.) Don't forget to take your digital cam and/or FULLY charged smartphone! And plan to spend some time trying to capture the perfect shot of the water, sky, and human element combined! If weather is mild, it's hard to be disappointed whether its day or night on your visit. Answer #2: absolutely a NOTHING thereto do if you choose or observe the best spectacle of all--people watch! Or withdraw within your inner world with the lull of the water lapping the shore. It's always calming whether it's busy with the afternoon rush or quiet Sunday afternoon.
3. Key stuff to spot: WTC One inspires me every time I gaze at it in equal measures of awe & reflection on what was...what never changed... and what may yet become. Don't forget to take panorama shots because the Midtown fave blgs including the most recognizable NY golden oldie-ESB & more. Look south towards Staten Isl & Brooklyn and there's the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the distance. Gotta appreciate that from a distance. The old-timers say it's the only man made structure in NYC visible from parts of ALL 5 boroughs. Remember that for Jeopardy, ok.
4. Mix it up with your transportation and catch a ferry ride at nearby Paulus Hook, still scheduled for operation between Manhattan and JC for another year at least.
Please remember to fully charge mobile devices before sightseeing here. Public access to AC outlets nearly impossible...and essential map apps gorge on mobile phone's battery supply.
Nobody asked for an essay but it's my fave...yada-yada... You know.
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