February 26, 2013
This was taken on November 25, 2012, a month after Hurricane Sandy swept away east coast.
The boat is lying on a bridge in the Sea Bright-Rumson area… maybe the Shrewsbury River? I wasn’t the navigator, so I’m not entirely sure where this was.
Ed.: The navigator speaks!— this is the Navesink River, as seen from Middletown, NJ.
This represents the level of destruction in that area, I think… as long as the road was passable, a boat on a bridge didn’t fricking matter.
January 26, 2013
Last night, some coworkers and I left the office together, and we were surprised to find the world covered in half an inch of snow, with more falling as we walked.
“This is the first real snow we’ve had in, like, two years!” said one of my coworkers, excitedly.
I turned to her, to argue the point, and realized: New York City hasn’t had much of any snow for a couple of winters. All the snow has been falling in New Jersey.
We admittedly didn’t have much last year, but we’ve had two or three so far this winter. There was a nor’easter—which I took a vacation day for—and there was another four-or-five inch snowfall last month, which stuck around for the next three weeks. A couple weeks ago, I woke to the sound of snowplows at 4:30AM.
This may be the first snow that’s stuck to New York ground in two years, but New Jersey has been no stranger to snow during that time.
…And half an inch doesn’t count as “real snow!”
January 11, 2013
When I began extending my radius-of-photography to include more of New Jersey, I figured this would allow me to pull from my years of archival photographs from the Jersey Shore (and elsewhere) when I was running low on local New Providence photos.
Unfortunately, as I look through my years of archival photographs from the Jersey Shore, I realize I haven’t been to most of those shore areas since Sandy, and I have no idea whether or not the subject of my photo is still there or not.
I have, however, been to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall/ Paramount Theater/ Grand Arcade recently, and I can confirm that the building is still standing.
Asbury Park even still has a boardwalk to the north! (not shown in this photo, but trust me, it’s there.)
(Image originally posted at Monmouth County Daily Photo.)
December 14, 2012
Just another old scene from NJ Transit.
Usually, rail commuters are either sleeping or engrossed in their newspapers, and they miss scenes like this.
December 1, 2012
Just the Allenhurst water tower. Everyone like sunsets, right?! And water towers, who doesn’t love those, c’mon.
…This actually has nothing to do with Waterloo. If the Kinks had written a song called “Watertower Sunset,” well, I’d be all set, wouldn’t I? But they didn’t, and so we must make do with what we have, which in this case entails a blog post title that makes very little sense in context. So it goes.
November 10, 2012
You’d never guess that this whole area was flooded just a week and a half ago! (Actually, I don’t know whether or not Deal Lake flooded. Still, it probably looked a lot worse than it does now.)
The temperature’s been reasonably warm (above freezing, anyway) since Wednesday night’s blizzard, so a lot of the snow has melted already. Which is good.
A lot of places in New Jersey barely got a dusting of snow anyway.
On the subject of snow being a pain in the arse, here’s what JCP&L has to say about the power situation:
Late yesterday heavy, wet snow and high winds from the Athena nor’easter resulted in approximately 120,000 additional power outages in the Jersey Central Power & Light service territory. This is in addition to the approximately 149,000 customers who remain without power from Hurricane Sandy.
So Winter Storm Athena almost doubled the number of customers without electricity. Awesome.
But on the bright side, current promises are that most people (except those in devastated shore areas) will have power back by Sunday (November 11). That’s cool. Maybe I can go back to New Providence soon.
November 9, 2012
Train tracks in Allenhurst, NJ, unused for nearly two weeks
Commuting from New Jersey into New York, which isn’t fun under NORMAL conditions, has become downright awful since the hurricane.
The buses are more-or-less working again, but out of NJ Transit’s 10 rail lines, 4 are running, and only 1 goes into New York. (Ironically, one of the lines that’s running is Atlantic City, which took the most direct hit from Hurricane Sandy.)
And they can only run 13 out of the 63 morning-rush-hour NJ Transit trains that usually come into New York.
This means a LOT of rail commuters suddenly need to find alternative ways to get into New York.
Which basically means we all need to find the nearest bus stop and hop on a bus.
Here are some facts:
Obviously, if you suddenly try to put tens of thousands of displaced rail commuters on buses, and you don’t increase the number of buses, that’s not going to work.
NJ Transit has been good enough to arrange “emergency shuttle bus service” from a few NJ origins into New York. (It’s free, which annoys the hell out of commuters who already paid for their monthly passes.)
This is great, but it hasn’t been working too well. Since buses are the only logical way for suburban New Jerseyans to get into New York, the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) has been mobbed. (I nearly had a panic attack trying to navigate the crowds, and it took me an hour just to find my damn bus gate on Tuesday.)
As of Thursday afternoon, NJ Transit announced that it would be adding six new emergency shuttle buses to its lineup. These new bus solutions all go to a ferry terminal, where commuters transfer to a ferry to take them into New York. This will bypass the PABT and hopefully reduce the ridiculous overcrowding.
Hopefully this will all be over soon, but I have my doubts.
In the meantime, here are some links I’ve been refreshing obsessively to stay as on-top-of-this as possible:
October 27, 2012
At some point, I had aspirations of compiling a photo project titled “Scenes from New Jersey Transit.” It would be a collection of photos of New Jersey, all taken from the windows of New Jersey Transit cars. You’d behold the beauty of New Jersey! You’d enjoy the limitations of photos taken through smudgy green-tinted train windows! You’d laugh! You’d cry!
You’d… roll your eyes at another amateur trying to make her mark on the world with sub-par photography?
I don’t know that the project will ever be appealing to anyone but me, but it is a bit of ongoing self-indulgent fun.
This one, of Newark, shot from the North Jersey Coast Line, is from November 2011. I’m a little out-of-date, but I imagine the scenery hasn’t changed that much in the past year.
August 5, 2012
This unremarkable sunset image is brought to you by S, K, and the number 6.
(It’s Taylor Park in Millburn, for those who are keeping score at home.)
…Is it obvious that I should be in bed right now, not blogging?