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“Reveals the beauty and wonder of one of America’s most familiar yet least appreciated waterways and shorelines.”—Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan borough president Cy Adler authored the first complete guide to walking from the southern tip of Manhattan at Battery Park all the way up to Bear Mountain near West Point. With all the new changes to the West Side of Manhattan since that guide was published, Walking the Hudson, the new and fully revised guide to this fabulous route, will be much appreciated by walkers, history buffs, and anyone who wants to experience this great area up close and under their own power. The route is nicely broken into segments of 2–9 miles each so one can walk as little or as much of the route as desired at a time. The average walker can finish the entire route in two to four days.
This completely-revised guide to hiking the Hudson River Valley reveals 50 walks and hikes from Westchester County to Albany County. Still the bestselling hiking guide to the region, this new edition features hikes that offer some of the most breathtaking views in the Hudson Valley—vistas that inspired the Hudson River School of painting and are today no less wild and pristine. Most hikes are within 2 hours of New York City.
“Reveals the beauty and wonder of one of America’s most familiar yet least appreciated waterways and shorelines.”—Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan borough president Cy Adler authored the first complete guide to walking from the southern tip of Manhattan at Battery Park all the way up to Bear Mountain near West Point. With all the new changes to the West Side of Manhattan since that guide was published, Walking the Hudson, the new and fully revised guide to this fabulous route, will be much appreciated by walkers, history buffs, and anyone who wants to experience this great area up close and under their own power. The route is nicely broken into segments of 2–9 miles each so one can walk as little or as much of the route as desired at a time. The average walker can finish the entire route in two to four days.
The Hudson River Valley, an invaluable connection between New England and the rest of the colonies during the American Revolution, continues to be a major crossroads today. The Hudson River bridges were architectural marvels of their time. The Bear Mountain Bridge was the longest suspension bridge, while the Newburgh Beacon second span was built with a new type of weathering steel. The bridges were constructed during important times in history. The Bear Mountain Bridge was built as the automobile became an integral part in the country's development, and the Mid-Hudson Bridge was built during the Depression. Labor disputes helped develop labor laws, and world wars led to changes in activity on the bridges. Through historical photographs from sources including the New York State Bridge Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Hudson River Bridges documents how these structures remain beautiful testaments to cooperative efforts during trying times in America's history.
This guidebook from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Series takes you to 50 of the best short excursions in New York, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey.
TRUE ACCOUNT OF A SAILOR CASTAWAY ON A DESERT ISLAND FOR "UNNATURAL ACTS" & LEFT TO GOD'S MERCY. In 1725, a sailor aboard a Dutch East Indiaman was forcibly marooned on Ascension Island. Accused of unnatural acts, the man, Jan Svilt, kept a journal of his fight for life on the dry, deserted island in the south Atlantic. Set against a background of puritanical & avaricious Holland, exotic Batavia, Capetown--the Tavern of the Seven Seas--& the harsh environment of Ascension, this book tells the story of Jan Svilt & his fellow servants of the Dutch East India Company, the most powerful & ruthless multinational the world has ever known. Svilt's officers felt that his affection for his ward Bandino would bring the wrath of God down on the Dutch fleet--as it had on Sodom. Yet the company offered slave prostitutes to its men in Capetown & Batavia, the lush capital of their Spice Islands empire. "The story is absolutely fascinating. I couldn't put the book down..."--Martin Mitchell, After Dark. "Charming & harrowing...special..."--Ruth Cavin, Two Continents Publishing. "THE QUEER DUTCHMAN is a book with an impact not unlike that of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe... " says a Christopher Street review. An enormous hellfire & brimstone audience awaits THE QUEER DUTCHMAN'S arrival, to judge from the remarks of the Episcopal Bishop of New York, the Rev. Paul Moore, who wrote, "It reads like a novel...This is an important & fascinating book." Bishop Moore is an author & prominent theologian at St. John the Divine.
The best guide to the Westchester outdoors just got even better. Walkable Westchester, an indispensible handbook to hiking, walking and exploring in Westchester County, has been issued in a second edition. It includes more than 600 miles of trails in over 200 parks, preserves and sanctuaries. Discover Westchester as you walk, hike, run, ride a horse, walk your dog, bike, cross country ski, or snowshoe. This edition, at 448 pages, is bulging with new and updated information, including details on 26 new parks, 42 more miles of trails, and intriguing sidebars on history, lore and nature. There are plenty of new photographs, detailed maps as well as county locator maps and driving directions with GPS coordinates. Every park description has been updated and enhanced, all making for informative, yet delightful reading. The book covers a wide variety of walking, from level, paved pathways to narrow woodland trails. The environments range from salt-water wetlands to rock outcroppings. So for any kind of walking this book is the perfect companion, whether a suburban mom looking for a paved path or a veteran hiker out for a day-long trek. It's even fun reading on a treadmill. One doesn't have to walk them all, because the authors already have, several times; just let them be your guide so you can pick the best ones for yourself. The book features: Information on 200 parks, preserves, sanctuaries, and protected open space including 26 additional parks not in the previous edition. Descriptions of over 600 miles of trails including 42 miles of new trails. County-wide locator maps and detailed maps of all but the smallest parks. History, science and local lore. Great photographs to encourage you to visit. Icons of activities permitted in each park. Driving directions, GPS coordinates, and availability of public transportation. Links to websites for additional information about the parks. Park contact information.

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