Greetings from Asbury Park

Asbury Park, New Jersey, a small, yet storied city alongside the Atlantic Ocean is one of my favorite places. People flock to it for the music, the food, and, of course, the beach. Over the past decade, my wife and I have built a tradition of visiting Asbury Park for an off-season vacation every spring or autumn.

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Greenwich Village with H.P. Lovecraft

Greenwich Village was the New York City epicenter of modern art, experimental literature, and radical politics in the 1920s. During his brief New York sojourn (1924-1926), author H.P. Lovecraft loved visiting this neighborhood for its architecture and urban design. He wandered its streets — often at dusk or deep in the night — and swooned at the simple sight of a vintage lamppost, a curving alleyway, or a door knocker.

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A Railway to Somewhere

While venturing beyond my own Jersey City neighborhood for only the second time in 2021, I stopped at an overpass above an abandoned rail corridor, the Bergen Arches. Several local organizations are advocating for this space — unused since 1957 — to be reactivated as part of the East Coast Greenway. This would connect Jersey City with surrounding municipalities and provide both a recreational pathway and park to residents. It would be transformative.

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