Hurricane Sandy: The Devastation of New Jersey and Its Impact on the Car Industry

While it cannot be denied that Hurricane Sandy caused serious destruction along its path, there is one good thing that came out of it – it brought the best out of people. So, while it caused immense physical damage to property and business interruption enough to be considered as the second costliest Atlantic hurricane after Katrina, Hurricane Sandy inevitably strengthened a lot of people’s faith in their fellowmen.

Like most industries, the car industry was also affected by the disaster. A lot of cars were either flooded-out or tree-flattened during the height of the storm’s fury. So, what does it mean for the industry? Let us take a closer look.

Another Look at Hurricane Sandy

While Hurricane Sandy started as a Category 1 storm, it quickly became a Category 2 storm which left a good part of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States devastated. It likewise affected the Southeastern and Midwestern states to a slightly lesser degree. This horrific natural disaster caused $65.6 billion in losses and claimed the lives of 131 people all over the United States.

However, Sandy’s tale of disaster is not confined within the United States. In fact, it wrought havoc in six other countries, including Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Canada where it also caused considerable damage to life and properties.

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey

New Jersey was one of the states that took the worst beating from this natural disaster. For the record, more than 70,000 homes and businesses along the storm’s path were destroyed, about 2 million households were left without power and 34 people were left dead during the storm.

In addition, New Jersey suffered an estimated $30 billion in business losses. It also experienced massive flooding, public transportation shutdown and serious gasoline shortage. As such, Governor Chris Christie publicly declared this as one of the worst disasters ever to hit New Jersey to date.

Hurricane Sandy and the Car Industry

Due to massive flooding and serious storm surges, a lot of vehicles in the area inevitably got damaged. Official records showed that more than 16,000 new cars in New York and New Jersey were destroyed while about 100,000 to 250,000 used cars needs to be scrapped.

While this figure seems high enough, it is still expected to increase once General Motors and Ford, two of the biggest automobile makers in the US, announce how many unsold vehicles have been damaged by the recent calamity. Nissan, Toyota and Fisker also suffered significant losses as a result of the calamity. Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, car insurance companies are expected to pay about $250 million in claims for New Jersey alone.

Hurricane Sandy may have left a devastating mark in the history of New Jersey but it will definitely take more than this to bring New Jersey down.

Time to Flock the Jersey Shore… The Boardwalks Are Open Again

Time to enjoy the numerous hot spots along the Jersey Shore this summer. Numerous boardwalks along the Jersey Shore have re-opened since Hurricane Sandy thanks to both resident donations and city contributions. Here I list several Jersey Shore boardwalks and their attractions traveling from north to south along the Shore.

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant located in northern New Jersey Shore has a mile long boardwalk known as the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk with a wide variety of attractions perfect for the whole family. Attractions include the Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Amusement Park, arcades, and games of chance. It has three mini-golf courses, batting cages, and sweet shops to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Enjoy Oceanside dining or grab a quick bite to eat at one of many concessions/restaurants. One such restaurant that offers an assortment of foods is the Pavillion restaurant. There you’ll get burgers, pizza, sushi, Mexican food and more. The Boardwalk Bar & Grill restaurant gives a spectacular elevated view of the boardwalk with a wide variety of foods. Spend the whole day at this beautiful well kept beach or check out the aquarium and get up close to animals from around the world. Jenkinson’s is great for all ages.

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights features a very developed boardwalk. This boardwalk has the endpoints of Casino Pier on the north and Funtown Pier on the South. Numerous food stands and arcades line in between.

At the north end is Casino Pier with its roof top mini golf, rides, arcades, and eating spots. Included also is Breakwater Park with its water slides, pools, and also go cart track. Dont forget it also features a merry-go-around built in 1913.

At the South end is Funtown Pier.

It has an amusement ride area, enclosed arcade buildings, its own carousel, eateries, shopping booths, games of chance and games of skill.

Mid way on this boardwalk is numerous food stands and arcades but mostly beach for the serious beach goer.

Atlantic City

Further south a little ways is the oldest boardwalk: Atlantic City. Atlantic City may be known for its casinos but it’s also known for the oldest boardwalk on the US’ eastern coast. It was built in 1870. It is presently 60 feet wide and just over six miles long, currently the world’s longest wooden& structure walkway. This 6 mile stretch of boardwalk features some rather elegant hotels,restaurants,attractions, gift shops, in addition to the casinos.

Atlantic City Boardwalk attractions include the Steel Pier amusement park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and more. Ripley’s is filled with oddities from all around the world and is sure to entertain everyone in the family. Steel Pier is another family hot spot offering rides, games, and boardwalk delights. If you’re really adventurous, you may book a helicopter ride that departs from the pier.Be sure to check out the calendar at Boardwalk Hall for their lineup of top entertainers and family events.Want to check out a movie? Then you’ll want to head to the IMAX Theater located in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

The Historical Museum of Atlantic City gives you a look into some of the history of Atlantic City. Don’t forget to pop into the Pier Shops at Caesars for The Water Show.Every hour beginning at noon, the fountain illuminates with lights and music provides the background for the choreographed show. After the show, head out the back of the shops onto the deck and take in the surrounding views.

Ocean City

If we travel a little further south we encounter the Ocean City boardwalk. This boardwalk is more family oriented.The Ocean City Boardwalk offers fun for the whole family during the day and well into the night. There are 2 amusement parks on the boardwalk, each with a wide range of rides from kiddie rides to thrill seekers. There is no shortage of places to eat on the boardwalk. Don’t forget pizza at Manco. Manco’s is a tradition that most people take seriously. Stop by the Fudge Kitchen for a sample of delicious fudge and to watch them make it in the window. Mia’s Christmas Gallery is filled with a wide selection of Christmas decor that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit even in July. This boardwalk offers something for everyone.

Wildwood

Our final destination is Wildwood boardwalk near the southern end of the Jersey coast. The Wildwood Boardwalk is over two miles long and has four different piers and more rides than Disneyland. It is one of the largest amusement parks in the country. One of its many features is the “Great White” which is the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the east coast.

New York City Tourism Industry Boosts Newark Hotel Market

The Newark, N.J., hotel industry is thriving heading into 2012. While the continued evolution of the city’s entertainment, cultural and corporate draws can be credited in part for the strong performance, the real catalyst can be found in New York City’s burgeoning tourism industry.

According to a January 2011 press release from the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2010:

-48.7 million people visited New York City, up 6.8 percent from 2009.
-39 million of these visitors were from the U.S. and 9.7 million from abroad-both records.
-The hospitality industry added 6,600 jobs across all industry sub-sectors; the industry employs the most people in summer, and July 2010 set an all-time record for total jobs with 323,200.
-25.7 million room nights were sold, a new record, exceeding the previous high by 2 million room nights.
-Average daily room rates rose to $330 in December 2010, an 8.9 percent increase over 2009.

The mayor recently announced that the city’s hotel inventory will reach 90,000 rooms by the end of 2011. This record number represents a 24 percent increase over the past five years. More than 7,000 additional rooms are in the pipeline.

These numbers all translate to an overall upward trend for New York City’s $31 billion tourism industry, according to a recent press release from Mayor Bloomberg’s office. It reads: “The City is on track to reach a record number of visitors this year…occupancy remained at close to 85 percent, the highest in the nation.” In short, the city is on pace to meet its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2012.

What does this have to do with Newark? Simply put, New Jersey’s largest city is an outstanding cost alternative to Manhattan. Guests staying at four- and five-star hotels in Newark pay about half of what they would to stay in New York City. Yet they can still get there quickly and easily via an outstanding public transportation network. Newark Penn Station offers 15 minute transit to Manhattan with trains running 24/7. Newark’s strong transit infrastructure also includes a Light Rail line and bus service, as well as Newark Liberty International Airport.

Over the past few years, we have seen an influx of New York City visitors-especially international travelers-staying at our Best Western Robert Treat Hotel (located at 50 Park Place in Newark). While they may initially have been motivated by a recession-based drive toward savings, the trend has continued to gain momentum as the recovery takes hold.

As a result, the Robert Treat Hotel has seen a significant jump in occupancy. Through the end of October, our average occupancy rate was 87.9 percent for 2011-as compared to 81.4 and 86.1 percent year-to-date in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The hotel reached 100 percent occupancy during June, July and August 2011, representing record bookings for our property. Additionally, Smith Travel Research reports that, among hotels considered competitors to the Robert Treat in Newark, average occupancies increased from 78.3 percent, to 81.4 percent to 82.9 percent, year to date in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Further illustrating the strength of the Newark hotel market, Courtyard by Marriott broke ground in April for a 150-room hotel-the first new hotel in downtown Newark in 39 years-right outside the Prudential Center Arena. Additionally, Indigo Hotel has proposed a boutique 100-room property just two blocks away.

Obviously, some travelers want to stay in New York, and they will continue to do so. However, others are motivated by economics. Newark clearly is a great choice for that population, and smart hotel operators are working to accommodate its needs. We have intensified our concierge service to offer transportation to the train station. We have New York City maps and brochures available, and we even help guests get tickets to shows and events.

Many of New York tourists staying in Newark also are discovering that there is a lot to do right here. We have world-class venues like Prudential Center, which serves as home to the NJ Devils hockey and Nets basketball teams, and as a venue for countless concerts and productions. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, parks, universities and fine dining are among many additional highlights.

More and more, Newark is becoming a destination. As the Bloomberg Administration continues to invest in the New York City tourism industry and initiate new programs to attract visitors, the hotel industry here will continue to reap the benefits.

How The Jersey Barriers Came To Be Known

Several variations of concrete road dividers were introduced from time to time under various names, ever since the first model was successfully deployed in the year 1946, on the Grapevine Grade, a risky mountainous stretch on the US route 99 in California. These first experimental models were precast, concrete parabolic median barriers, 26 inches high and 28 inches wide and weighed 3000 lbs.

However, the name Jersey barriers became known only after New Jersey highway engineers installed them on the accident-prone Jugtown Mountain section of U.S. Route 22 in rural Hunterdon County. The 19 inches wide and 30 inches wide barriers with parabolic concave faces on either side would clear the mudguards if the vehicle swiped against it; and the smooth parabolic concave surface would redirect the errant vehicle back into the traffic flow without bringing it to a sudden halt. However, though the number of accidents reduced, they still occurred when trucks scaled these barriers.

After experimenting with several specifications of height and width on the median barriers, New Jersey highway engineers noticed the reduction in accident rates, using taller barriers. They finally settled on the 32 inches high and 24 inches wide parabolic median concrete barriers in 1959, and other state highways followed suit to adopt these measures, which remained the standard specification for barriers for many decades.

Past decades saw the introduction and deployment of different types of barriers and the search for the perfect barrier continues. Here is a look at the innovative designs on median barriers, some of which continue to be in use.

GM barriers or GM shape: These barriers were the first ones to be crash tested before deployment. However, because smaller cars tended to roll over after impact with the barriers, this design was discontinued.

California K-Rails: K-Rails are temporary concrete barriers for work zones but if installed using pins- loops connections and 4 stakes, these may be semi-permanent structures for a period of 2-5 years. However, removing the barriers from paved surfaces is expensive and exposes workers to risks.

F-shaped barriers: These barriers are almost identical in function to the Jersey barrier and the only difference is the break point; which is lower in the F-shape barrier and sits at 10 inches from the road as compared to the 13 inches break point of the Jersey barrier. The low breakpoint in the F-shaped barriers reduces lifting of the vehicles and reduces chances of roll over, but the Jersey barrier continues to be the most favored design for crash tests and meets the criteria laid down by the Federal Highway Administration.

Constant slope barriers: Simple vertical barriers do not lift vehicles, so there are no chances of a roll over; but the flip side is the possibility of sheet metal damage to the vehicle, injuries to the occupants and the vehicle is not redirected on to the road. Texas and California have developed the constant slope barriers with increased heights, wider bases. The Texas constant slope barrier stands at 42 inches with a constant slope that makes an angle of 10.8 degrees to the vertical at ground level; the California type 60 constant slope barriers have a height of 56 inches and slope at an angle of 9.1 degrees to the vertical.

Crash tests reveal that these perform as well as the New Jersey barriers and F-shaped barriers respectively. The new safer designs incorporating the increased height specifications, inexpensive installation and unchanged performance of constant slope barriers even after road resurfacing makes them a favorable choice. These barriers are now being deployed as permanent structures.

Heavy vehicle median barrier: The New Jersey Turnpike Authority ( NJTA) effectively crash tested a 42 inches high median concrete barrier using NJ shape forms, with heavily reinforced tops having a thickness of 12 inches. The vertical reveal is covered with asphalt to anchor the barrier firmly so it does not overturn on impact. Heavy vehicles like tractor-trailers are contained and redirected upright on to the road with these barriers.

Concrete Step Barrier: High performance concrete step barriers are approved for roads in the UK and Ireland. This model of median barrier developed in Holland has several advantages such as zero crossover incidents, reduced fatalities; low maintenance cost, maintenance free for 50 years, and can contain all types of vehicles.

Ontario Tall Wall: Way back in 1968, highway authorities in Ontario, Canada crash tested this taller version of the New Jersey barrier at various test levels and it was way ahead of its time then. Gradually over the years as larger vehicles hit the roads, the barrier heights increased to 42 inches. Another feature of this tall barrier was that it cut off glare from oncoming vehicle headlights.

Plastic Jersey barriers: Rotationally molded plastic Jersey barriers replaced concrete median barriers, where it was necessary to deploy the barriers temporarily for short periods at work zones, building construction sites, water and sewer projects, during natural disasters to regulate pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The barriers made from pretreated, heavy-duty polyethylene are able to withstand inclement weather conditions and require almost zero maintenance. Other important features that make these barriers popular are portability and lightweight. These barriers are easily stackable making transportation and assembly an easy task. However, for added strength sand, water or any other ballast materials are filled into the barriers. The brightly colored plastic Jersey barriers are highly visible and adequately warn of any imminent danger.

The Federal Highway Administration allows usage of plastic Jersey barriers along with the necessary reinforcement kit as replacement for concrete barriers, only after these have been crash tested at the specified test levels. Otherwise, these plastic barricades are linked end-to-end, to form a wall and used as channelizers to direct pedestrian traffic or for guiding vehicular traffic near work zones. These are used as barricades for crowd control at event, races, as security installations at airports, parking areas, government buildings and to prevent access to any specific area.

In general, Jersey barriers, both plastic and concrete structures have helped in reducing the number of accidents on highways, roads, and work zones. Moreover, research continues to discover designs and materials that will ultimately give us the perfect barrier; until then the Jersey barriers will continue to dominate our highways.

Start Your Cruise Vacation From New York For A Fabulous Cruise

Introducing New York

New York was first settled by Europeans at the start of the 17th century, when a Dutch colony named New Amsterdam was set up to process beaver furs. In 1664 the English conquered the colony and renamed it New York. Under the control of the British New York expanded rapidly as a key trading center.

Friction between the colonies and the British government led to the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. For much of the war New York was held by the British, who used the city as a military base. In 1783 George Washington victoriously marched into the city when the British left.

The city expanded in population and as an economic hub all throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A highlight of the twentieth century was the construction program which heralded the materialization of Manhattan Island’s amazing skyscraper skyline.

Right through the history of New York its shipping docks located on the Upper Hudson Bay have been key in the city’s rise. A big part of the docks’ significance has been due to the large numbers of immigrants that have come to New York by boat. The first immigration center was Castle Garden, followed in 1892 by Ellis Island. In the early 1900s, many immigrants would arrive at Chelsea Piers, on Manhattan Island’s west bank, and were then transported to Ellis Island for processing.

However Chelsea Piers was unable to handle big cruiseliners, and longer piers were built between West 44th and 52nd streets in the 1930s, to make the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal, nicknamed ‘Luxury Liner Row’. Passenger volumes dropped rapidly after the start of transatlantic air flights.

But the cruise lines came back to life when the New York City Passenger Ship Terminal reinvented itself in the 1970s as the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Demand for cruising continued to grow and two further cruise ports opened for business in the Hudson Bay area, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal.

New York Cruise Terminals

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is situated by West 44th through West 52nd on the west Hudson River side of Manhattan. The cruise terminal has three docks, piers 88, 90 and 92. A terminal building sits atop each pier. The services at the terminal include customs and immigration, check-in areas, cafes, VIP areas, rest rooms, newsstands and seating areas. A parking lot is located above each of the cruise terminal buildings. Piers 88, 90 and 92 offer a total of 5 cruise ship berths. Manhattan Cruise Terminal is almost exclusively used by Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival cruise ships.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Located facing Governors Island in Red Hook, the Brooklyn cruise terminal is a modern building adjacent to pier 12. On account of its long history as a commercial port, the area the terminal sits in has a very industrial docks feel. The terminal has food vending machines, immigration, customs, check-in desks and restrooms. Adjacent to the terminal is parking area with a capacity of 500 cars. There is one cruise ship berth at pier 12. Princess and Cunard Cruise Line ships dock at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Bayonne Cruise Terminal

Cape Liberty cruise terminal is located on the southern pier in Bayonne Harbor. Inaugurated in 2004, the cruise port was originally part of the Bayonne Navy base facility. The terminal contains customs, immigration, restrooms, a snackbar and check-in desks. The cruise terminal is about half-a-mile from the quay, so passengers are transported by buses from the terminal to their ship. Adjacent to the cruise quay lies the 9/11 Tear Drop Memorial Park. Convenient parking is located next to the cruise terminal. The terminal has just one cruise ship berth. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises ships dock at Bayonne Cruise Terminal.

New York Sightseeing

Manhattan Sightseeing

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building Observatory with its panoramic views across Manhattan is a must-see attraction in New York. Take the escalator to the Observatory and wander around the airy promenade, 1050ft above the city’s bustling streets. The Empire State Building is a half-hour walk from Manhattan cruise ship terminal.

Central Park

Make a visit to Central Park, a huge green area in the middle of skyscraper filled Manhattan. Worth seeing are the Botanical Gardens, the Obelisk, Strawberry Fields, Sheep Meadow and the Zoo.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This famous museum, opened in 1870, displays a huge number of works of art from around the world. Don’t miss works include Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, the medieval tapestry The Unicorn in Captivity and Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer. The museum is sited on the edge of Central Park between East 81st and 82nd streets.

Brooklyn Sightseeing

Brooklyn Bridge

Arching nearly 1600ft across the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, when finished in 1883, was greeted as an amazing triumph of construction. There is a pedestrian pathway the length of the bridge, which you can reach at the junction of Tillary and Adams streets or by a staircase on Prospect St. As you walk across the bridge you are treated to great views across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Upper NY Harbor.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden was opened in 1910, on the site of a rubbish tip. Wander around the Tropical Pavilion, the Aquatic House, the Desert Pavilion and the Bonsai Museum. Also in the garden are a garden shop, a souvenir shop and café.

Brooklyn Heights

This pathway cantilevered over the Brooklyn-Queens expressway is a popular venue for locals, giving magnificent vistas of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Nearby you’ll find art galleries, chic shops, historic homes, bars and restaurants.

Bayonne Sightseeing

Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park is a large green space in the center of urban northern New Jersey. The old Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, important in New Jersey’s history, sits prominently towards the northern end of the park. A two-mile path, Liberty Walk gives visitors a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River. A year-round ferry service is operational from the Park to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

For the numerous immigrants that travelled from Europe to the US, the Statue of Liberty was the first view they had of the United States. A gift from the French people, the statue, originally called Liberty Enlightening the World, was fabricated in Paris, and completed in 1894. It was then dismantled and transported to the USA where it was rebuilt on Bedloe’s Island in Upper Bay to be finally inaugurated in 1886. Tickets to the pedestal area may be booked or obtained at the site. Tickets to the inner stairway and crown have to be reserved, as access is restricted to 240 people each day.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the first stop for more than 20 million settlers to the United States of America as the official immigration office in the years 1892 to 1954. The museum details Ellis Island’s role in immigration history and include interactive presentations, voice recordings, passenger records, photographs, personal items and archive films.

Picking A Cruise From New York

Favorite all year long cruises include the Bahamas (Freeport and Nassau), and the Eastern Caribbean (St Maarten, Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Antigua). These destinations offer warmer weather even in winter, with sunny days and balmy evenings.

In summer, sailings to Bermuda typically include a one-night stopover, so you can savor the nightlife. Also on offer in summer are cruises following the north-eastern states and Canada, visiting historic and charming ports.

An alternative possibility during summer and fall is the classic transatlantic crossing to Europe.

Traveling to the Cruise Terminals

Manhattan

By Air

Newark International, John F. Kennedy and La Guardia airports are the nearest airports to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Cabs are available from each airport. Some cruise lines organize a shuttle bus.

By Car

Entrance to the terminal is from the north at the intersection of 55th Street and 12th Avenue. Parking is available on top of each of the three cruise terminals.

By Train

Grand Central Station and Penn Station are the closest train stations from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Taxis are easy to catch at either. Another option is to catch the subway to Columbus Circle, and walk onwards to the cruise terminal.

Brooklyn

By Air

LaGuardia is just 11 miles from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, John F K and Newark Liberty are slightly a greater distance away. Cabs are readily available from each airport. Often cruise lines organize a shuttle bus transfer.

By Car

Cars access the cruise ship terminal at the junction of Imlay Street and Bowne Street.

By Train

Grand Central Station and Penn Station are the closest stations to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Cabs are available at either.

Bayonne

By Air

Newark Liberty Airport is the most convenient airport for Bayonne at a distance of about 5 miles. Both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy are around 25 miles away, on very busy roads. Taxicabs are available at each airport. On cruise days cruise lines often organize a shuttle coach.

By Car

The cruise terminal is accessed from Highway 440, via Cape Liberty Terminal Blvd.

By Train

The best-situated train station is the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at 34th street. Take a taxi from there. Be aware that no public transport goes directly to the terminal, and pedestrians are banned from the terminal.

Jersey Holidays: Things to Do in January

Jersey holidays are celebrated throughout the year with various celebrations, events, shows, fireworks, and parades all the way through the Garden State that can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors, from kids to old. These holidays are always festive with many attractions like fireworks, shamrocks, jingle bells, pumpkins, haunted houses or valentines.

The yearly calendar of the best things to do in Jersey holidays are packed with recommendations for fun filled, exciting seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages. January is the freezing month of the year and a time for many indoor events, and for the more adventurous, there are some great outdoor winter fun activities. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, skating or snow tubing in the northern skylands. Winter festival in Lambertville is a great family festival to join. MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King and to the principles for which he lived and died. The holiday also celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. There are top class basketball and hockey teams to watch in Newark and Piscataway. Awesome Disney ice show usually held in the cold of January at East Rutherford and also at Trenton. There are various museums to visit, like The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton; The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial in Camden; The Newark Museum in Newark, all of which offer a wide variety of exciting arts and natural science treasures and programs that are educational, fun, and adventuresome. Don’t miss visiting Jersey City, which is rich with lifestyle variety, attractions, entertainment, and restaurants. It is also a city with fascinating small ethnic neighborhoods, modern high rise condo towers, and attractions that include museums, a nationally recognized science learning center, and unbeatable, world class harbor views overlooking the New York City Skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. You can take the kids to Environmental Education Center in Somerset County Park to watch Maple sugaring, how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. And there is always something to do in the Atlantic City, which is full of theaters, casinos, delicious restaurants, night clubs, music shows and concerts. And of course visit the spa at your romantic weekend in jersey holidays.

Tunnels and New York City

Business and fast pace of life in New York City is largely to the impeccable transport means in the city. New York City is one of the most vibrant and busy place where someone is always moving. Bridges, tunnels and subways network is all efficient and customized in New to meet the heavy demand of its citizens.

Notable underwater tunnels of New include:

The Lincoln Tunnel – connects mid-town Manhattan to New Jersey underneath the Hudson River. Using this tunnel is free but coming back to Manhattan means you have to pay $6.00.The Queens Midtown Tunnel- opened in 1940 connects Queens with midtown Manhattan under the East River. Travelling via on each route means paying $3.50. Starting from Canal Street on the west side of Manhattan Island The Holland takes you to the eastern edge of New Jersey. Travelling to New Jersey is free but there is a $6.00 toll when you return to the city. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which opened in 1950, is the longest continuous underwater vehicular in the world. It connects Southwestern Brooklyn with Manhattan. Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and FDR drive are used respectively to pass through Brooklyn and Manhattan. It costs $5.50 each way by car.

Railroad tunnels in New include names such as Clark Street Tunnel, Cobble Hill, Concourse, Cranberry Street Cross-Harbor Rail, Downtown Hudson Tubes, East River, Freedom Joralemon Street, Lexington Avenue Montague Street New York Extension, North River, Park Avenue Tunnel, Rutgers Street Tunnel, Staten Island and Steinway. Another notable system that exists in Newis the Columbia University intricate web, linking various departments.

An important and interesting fact to note is that there exists a completely different world beneath the city’s ground. Popularly called ‘Mole people’ there are actually millions that abide underground in New tunnels and subways. Most of these keep living down never even seeing the sun. In short, they are another story -another tale!

The in New York City are not merely a transport means they carry history and art as well. The walls along the are an impressive sight filled and painted with artistic awe inspiring raw natural talent- something that makes you pause, think and marvel what fantastic artistic souls abide in New York City!

The Best Jersey Shore Vacations: Pet-Friendly Beaches

Despite the fact that most hotels and motels are not exactly pleasing to tourists and guests who prefer to bring their pets along, there are plenty of rentals you can take into consideration and considerably ease your stay.

If you have a particular desire to go to a nice beach location for the summer and spend a wonderful week there, no one says you should leave your furry friend at home. As long as you have great transportation to use (like your own car) and you know your lovely but rather agitated dog or cat will not ruin your relaxation, you have no reason at all to leave the poor guy at home or with your neighbor.

If New Jersey sparks your interest and you have heard tons of great things about the Jersey Shore Area, why don’t you pack your bag, make a couple of phone calls, rent a great beach house, get a nice discount, and go enjoy your vacation? Here are some great looking pet-friendly Jersey Shore beaches that should not pose any problems to you and your vacation.

Island Beach State Park This beach is not solely a top-notch location for surfers, but it is also considered to be one of the best pet-friendly beaches on the Jersey Shore. You can reach the Island Beach State Park by using Exit 82; of course, it might be a good idea to actually look for accommodations somewhere within this particular area. You can also find some cheaper rates in another part of the Jersey Shore area and do a little traveling every day. Everything is convenient in this area, so you should not fear about the risk of ruining your vacation simply because you are forced to use a different beach for your pet. Island Beach State Park is great at hosting wild and domestic animals. You can find a great osprey colony, blue herons, peregrine falcons, and many more. You can also admire the impressive plants that grow here naturally. But, this beach is not really about you, but rather about your dog that will definitely enjoy the sandy beach area that has been designed to cater to his needs. You should know that you will be required to keep your dog on its leash, and you will not be able to swim in the pet-friendly areas of the beach.

However, you can go on a nice relaxing picnic at Ebby’s Café Alfresco which is near the park’s entrance.

Stone Harbor is another great pet-friendly beach that can be reached using Exit 10. As a matter of fact, since 2010, the official authorities have created a wonderful block of beachfront spreading from 80th Street to 122nd Street. This is a special area that has been designed for dogs to “do their thing” starting from 7 p.m. until the sunset.