I’m picking up the pace this month and have two trips to share. Fall is my favorite time of year to be in the Big Apple and with the warm evenings we have enjoyed I was finally able to hit a rooftop bar- even in October!
I love hotels and the Public Hotel recently opened in NYC. As it is an Ian Schraeger hotel (he is the founder of Studio 54 as well as the brains behind spectacular hotels like The Royalton, The Hudson and the Shore Club in Miaimi among many others) I love soaking up the vibe of a hip hotels and this one was exceptional. Great people watching. The space has five food and drink venues- we had dinner at Public Kitchen– Jean George Vongerichten’s latest creation and then took the elevator to The Roof. We lounged in the hip white sofas and took in the fantastic city view from the freedom tower to the Empire State and Chrysler building. Note that it’s best to get their early because not many of us are young enough to make the cut and pass though that red velvet rope after 9pm!
I have a dear friend from the UK coming in next week and have made plans for our day together.
We want to hit The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) for the ‘Is Fashion Modern’ exhibition, as well as some of the highlights from the permanent collection and will definitely stop at The Modern (the museum’s premiere restaurant which holds four James Beard Foundation Awards, three stars from The New York Times, and two Michelin stars!)for a late afternoon cocktail. Our dinner plans have not been finalized but I think either ABC v (for vegan) at ABC Carpet and Home or the newly-opened Mexican sensation Atla will be our final destination.
(l. to r. Princess, Pirate, Robot, Witch, Strong Man, Bubble Bath, Cowgirl (or boy), Cow, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jellyfish, Present, Director, Deck of Cards, Rosie the Riveter, Raining Cats and Dogs, Dragonfly) Ideas/Images from Today’s Parent
Halloween can be all about store-bought costumes and months of planning OR they can be all about a bit of creativity and a giant scoop of desperation. We found 16 great costumes based (mostly) on things from around the house or may require a trip to the hardware or grocery store. Best of all- these costumes require no instructions- aside from- HAVE FUN!
As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state.
Below are a few of the best trails, within an hour or less drive from Hoboken and Jersey City, where you can immerse yourself in all of the reds, oranges, and golds that you can handle. Grab your water bottle, hiking boots — and maybe even your furry best friend — and get going!
Palisades Interstate Park (20 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: Take the Long Path, which starts at the stunning State Line Lookout, and moves through the park, hitting many other places of interest along the way.
Location: Bergen County Trail Time: 4 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: State Line Lookout features a breathtaking panoramic view of the Hudson River. The park also boasts Greenbrook Sanctuary (a secluded woodland preserve), three historic sites (including the Kearney House, a nineteenth century tavern), four picnic areas, and three boat basins. More info: Visit http://www.njpalisades.org/index.html.
Cheesequake State Park (40 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: A 4.5-mile hike explores Hooks Creeks Lake, Perrine Pond, and terrain ranging from forests to salt marshes. For this hike, take the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail until you reach the Green Trail, which will complete the loop.
Location: Middlesex County Trail Time: 3 hours Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Why It’s Great: This park boasts a rare combination of vegetation, from salt marshes to wetlands to forests, all of which are easily accessible to hikers through various trails. More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (40 mins from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: Pyramid Mountain staff members recommend a 3.5-mile, moderately challenging trail that begins in the parking area, passes through a scenic overlook, and culminates at Tripod Rock. Plus, the return loop has a stretch along the Taylortown Reservoir.
Location: Montville Township Trail Time: 2.5 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: The trail boasts stunning views of the New York City skyline, waterfalls, wetlands — and an up-close look at Tripod Rock. It’s a glacial erratic — aka, a rock not native to the area — and, as a 160-ton boulder balanced on three smaller stones, it’s a striking feat of nature. More info: Visit http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/pyrmtnmain.asp.
Ramapo Mountain State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: The trails are adaptable, but we like the five-mile route that takes hikers along Ramapo Lake and passes through the ruins of Van Slyke Castle. Take the MacEvoy Trail for about 1.5 miles, turn off onto Castle Point Trail, and use the Todd Trail to loop back around to the MacEvoy Trail.
Location: Bergen and Passaic counties Trail Time: 3.5 hours Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm until November 1, when the trails will close at 6:00 pm Why It’s Great: The trails are flexible, so hikers can mix-and-match routes based on their interests and ability. And Ramapo boasts New York City skyline views — as well as the ruins of Van Slyke Castle. More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/park/ramapo-mountain-state-forest.
Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: A scenic 7.5-mile hike covers Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond. Begin at Buttermilk Falls, head onto the Appalachian Trail until you reach the Crater Lake Trail, you’ll then use the Blue Mountain Lakes Trail to link back up with the Buttermilk Falls Trails and return using that route.
Location: Layton, Sussex County Trail Time: 6 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: Buttermilk Falls is NJ’s highest waterfall and a favorite destination of visitors to the park. Be sure to plan your hike after a period of rain to get the best views of the waterfall. More info: Visit http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/trails.htm.
Hacklebarney State Park (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: Take the Main Trail to the Upper Trail, and then use the Lower Trail to hike along the Black River before looping back.
Location: Morris County Trail Time: 2 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: This trail takes hikers along many streams as well as the Black River, which is a plus as proximity to water causes leaves to change color earlier in the season. More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html.
Norvin Green State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)Standout Trail: This four-mile trail will take you to one of the best views in New Jersey, Wyanokie High Point. Begin on the Otter Hole Trail, until you come to the Hewitt-Butler Trail, and follow this trail to the Wyanokie Circular Trail. Continue on the Wyanokie Circular Trail until it splits from the Mine Trail, at which point you should follow the Mine Trail to the Roomy Mine Trail. Stick to this trail until you once again reach the Mine Trail. From here, follow the Hewitt-Butler Trail to the Otter Hole Trail until you come back to your starting point.
Location: Passaic County Trail Time: 3 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: Wyanokie High Point features breathtaking skyline views, and also overlooks the Wanaque Reservoir. You’ll also see an old copper mine, as well as many streams and unique rock formations. More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/wyanokie-high-point-loop-weis-ecology-center.
Worthington State Forest (90 mins from Hoboken/JC)
Standout Trail: A 7.8-mile trek follows the park’s Dunnfield Creek trail from the parking area for the first 3.5 miles, reaches Sunfish Pond, and returns on the Appalachian Trail.
Location: Hardwick Township, Warren County Trail Time: 5.5 hours Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Why It’s Great: You can enjoy breathtaking views of Delaware Water Gap and Sunfish Pond, a stunning glacial lake. Warning: This terrain is rocky, so hiking boots are a must! More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/worthington.html.