I could see this happening in Hoboken, NJ.
What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.
- Kobayashi Issa
In 1912, before the World Wars, Japan sent thousands of cherry trees to Washington, D.C., as a gesture of friendship. They were planted 101 years ago and continue to bloom today.
Here’s a little known fact - New Jersey has more cherry trees than Washington D.C. And every spring residents and visitors alike can see the largest cherry blossom collection in the United States.
Branch Brook Park, that runs through Belleville and Newark, has more than 2,700 Japanese cherry blossom trees that burst into full bloom during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival that features various events for visitors of all ages.
Bloomfest of 2013 is Sunday, April 14 from 11am – 5pm at the Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center in the park and is free.<>/p>
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The son of a longshoreman and a factory worker,George R. R. Martin , 64, grew up in the confines of a federal housing project on First Street in Bayonne. “I went to school on Fifth Street, and that was pretty much my world, from First Street to Fifth Street, except in my imagination,” he says. “I was a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy books. We didn’t even own a car, so we never went anywhere.”
Martin’s vivid imagination expanded his limited childhood world. It allowed him to travel beyond Bayonne, even if he was just gazing across Kill van Kull at neighboring Staten Island. “There were always big ships on the way to Port Newark, freighters and oil tankers with flags from all over the world,” he says. “I had an encyclopedia with a list of flags in the back, so I would look at all these flags from China and Liberia and England and Denmark. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be voyaging on some of these ships…. Staten Island was Shangri-la to me. It was just lights shining on the water, lights of people that I would never see, people that I would never touch, but it really kindled my imagination.”
The term Jersey Shore is used to refer to both the Atlantic coast of the U.S. state ofNew Jersey and the adjacent resort and residential communities.
To New Jersey residents it is simply: “The Shore.” The New Jersey State Department of Tourism considers the Shore Region, Greater Atlantic City, and the Southern Shore to be distinct, each having a different character.
Geographically, the term encompasses about 217 miles of the New Jersey coastal area from Sandy Hook in the north to Cape May in the south. The Jersey Shore area includes the easternmost portions of Monmouth, Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.
While there is no defined border between North Jersey and South Jersey, the Manasquan River or Interstate 195 are often mentioned as the border.
still waiting to search for “Jersey shore” on tumblr and only find pictures of beaches and boardwalks
from the boardwalk on Flickr.
Ocean Grove, 2005
Towards Devil’s Hole on Flickr.
Jean Shepherd on Route 22 in Jersey
Mile Marker 19 on Flickr.
holding the dunes - obviously more important than most people in NJ realized
On this date in 1777, George Washington and his troops won the Battle of Princeton.
Washington and his men had just won a surprising and decisive victory over British General Cornwallis at Trenton a week before. Cornwallis, stung by his loss, assembled 8,000 British soldiers to attack Washington’s smaller army.
Cornwallis left an additional 1,200 men behind to defend Princeton, and they departed on January 2, intending to crush Washington at Trenton. The British and the Continentals engaged in a few skirmishes, but darkness fell not long after Cornwallis arrived at Trenton, and so the battle was postponed until the following day.
But in the night, Washington and his troops sneaked around behind Cornwallis’s army and made their way to Princeton. He told 500 of his men to hang back, and they lit campfires and made noise so that Cornwallis wouldn’t realize that most of the colonials had stolen away from their encampment. As for Washington and his men, the going was icy, and although the frozen ground made it easy to move the artillery, the horses and men kept losing their footing. As a result, they didn’t arrive at Princeton until after daybreak, later than they’d planned.
The British viewed this and the Battle of Trenton as minor American victories, but even so, they abandoned many of their posts in New Jersey, and ceded control of the region. The Continental army’s morale was high after the Battle of Princeton, and they began to believe they would actually win the war.