New York was desperately sick and awfully scary but, every now and then, we had to leave our glass bubble and get out for some air. Masks were still not mandatory, CDC had just started recommending ‘cloth face coverings’, and we began brushing up on our sewing skills.
An impossible feat in Manhattan but, for a few days at the start of the pandemic – before New Yorkers were ordered to stay at home – Hudson River Greenway between Hell’s Kitchen and Lincoln Center, normally as busy as it gets, fell strangely quiet.
Spotted in DeWitt Clinton Park. We’d been coming here time and again, for two years in a row and somehow managed to miss this. A bit of Belgium nostalgia. (Those who e-met me through my previous blog, will know that our homebase is Brussels).
Otherwise, it was yet another beautiful walk, no surprises, the usual suspects: the Hudson River Greenway Pooper Troopers, Joggers, Totems, NYC Sanitation Neon Lights and those spectacular sunsets that land over the Hudson bathing New Jersey in gold.
Clearwater was founded by Pete Seeger, legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate, and one of the most influential people of the twentieth century. In 1966, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, Seeger announced plans to “build a boat to save the river.” At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger, along with many other concerned individuals, believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the organization began with the launch of the sloop Clearwater in 1969 —a majestic 106-foot long replica vessel. [source]
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