Baltimore to Atlantic City Bus Trip!

Hey, Maryland Residents!

Do you live in Maryland? Would you really like to go on a vacation? Are your finances getting you down? Well, don’t let that stop you! There are numerous ways to get from Baltimore to Atlantic City and the prices are not too bad. Even if you are short on time, it is OK. You can plan a great day trip and have plenty of fun. Let’s explore some options.

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If you live anywhere near Baltimore, you should be able to get to Atlantic City without any problem. You can pick between a train, a bus, a tour bus, or even a car if you have one.

Your first option is taking a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia, and then from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. I am going to be honest with you – this is not your cheapest option. There are some folks that will tell you it is the fastest way to get there. Personally, I do not care. You have to transfer from one train to the other, and I find the entire process stressful. Also, it is about triple the price of the bus depending on when you go.

Your next option is, of course, the bus. For about $30 to $40, you can take a Greyhound bus or you can take a tour bus. Greyhound buses are going to offer plenty of options as far as departure times, so that is the plus when using them. However, you are going to pay twice. The $30 or $40 listed above is not the round trip price when using Greyhound.

Probably the best option is taking a tour bus. There are plenty of places that offer bus rides to Atlantic City. Companies that offer tour bus trips price the ride at about $30 to $40 also, but they are round trip. Often these trips include vouchers to use at the casinos. One time, I took a trip to Atlantic City for $25 and received a voucher for $30. I went to the first slot machine I thought looked cute (it had owls on it), used my voucher, and won $200! My trip certainly paid for itself and then some. I am not encouraging gambling; I really went on the trip to go to the beach but did not want to waste the voucher. It was a good trip and the only time I’ve ever really won anything.

As far as finding a tour bus, often you can find great deals through different companies. My apartment building sponsors a trip each year. A company I used to work for had a trip or two each year for its employees and their friends. If you can’t find any deals like that, that is no problem. There are two tour bus companies that constantly take groups to Atlantic City. Even if you want to go by yourself, it is not an issue. They pick individuals up at bus stops in various Baltimore locations. The companies are Hunt Valley Motor Coach and Superior Tours, and I’ve listed their links below.
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Fun in Atlantic City

So you may wonder, what kind of fun awaits you in Atlantic City? It depends on what you enjoy doing. There are always plenty of shows to see. In some cases, you could see the same performers in your own city for about half the price, so make sure to check into that before committing to an expensive concert ticket. Otherwise, it can be a really fun experience.

The Pier Shops at Caesars is a huge mall right on the ocean for those that like to shop. I highly recommend visiting It’sugar located in the lowest level of the mall. It sells novelty items that are perfect for souvenirs or gifts. Also, it sells so much candy! You can buy giant sized items of all your sugary favorite treats.

If you are into gambling, of course, there are numerous casinos. If you are taking a tour bus into Atlantic City, it is likely you will receive a voucher for the casinos. When you win anything at all, (even just a few bucks), you still feel great because the voucher came with the trip. No need to fork over your own cash!

If you have the kids with you, you and the gang can go to one of the museums, the Steel Pier’s rides, or the aquarium. There is also a long boardwalk with lots to do. The boardwalk has plenty of arcades, games, shops, and boardwalk performers. If you go in the summer, you can hit the beach. There are plenty of beach bars, as well, if that is your scene.

Atlantic City really has something for everyone. If you’ve never been to Atlantic City, I highly recommend it. Just because you are on a budget does not mean you can’t have some fun. Atlantic City is located in New Jersey, and it is close to Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and New York. It is a great place to visit. Even if you do not have a car, you can find a way to get there. Since the casinos are eager to bring customers in, you can usually find a tour bus going there for a great deal and even adding a voucher to the bargain. So I say, give it a try to have some fun!

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Peter Pan Bus Lines History

Beginnings

Peter C. Picknelly began his transportation career as a chauffeur in the early 1900s and started a small transportation company called Orange Valley Bus Company in 1920. The company was founded in East Orange, New Jersey. By 1925 Picknelly decided to pool resources with three other bus operators and relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. The new merged company was called Interstate Buses Corporation and provided bus service throughout New England. Picknelly sold his interest in the Interstate Bus Corporation in 1932 and established his own company based in Springfield Massachusetts. The new company was named Peter Pan Bus Lines and got its name from the popular children’s story Peter Pan, which was Picknellys favorite bedtime story.

Peter Pan Bus Lines began operations in 1933 with four Buick jitney vehicles with its first route being from Northhampton,MA to Boston via Stafford Springs, CT. The route took 3 ½ hours to complete and cost $3.50 for a round trip. After a lengthy battle with the state of Massachusetts Peter Pan Bus Lines was granted permission to operate a route directly from Springfield, MA to Boston in 1940, cutting travel time to under 2 ½ hours.

In 1957 the Massachusetts Turnpike opened and Peter Pan Bus Lines was granted permission to operate an express bus service from Springfield to Boston decreasing travel time to less than two hours. This gave birth to the concept “as quick as an automobile and faster than a train”. During this period the company expanded operations throughout Massachusetts to include many smaller communities. By 1963 Peter Pan Bus Lines had achieved 1 million dollars in annual sales and had a fleet of 28 buses.
Peter Pan Bus #170 circa 1979
Peter Pan Bus #170 circa 1979 | Source
Expansion

Company founder Peter Picknelly died in 1964 leaving the company to his son Peter Louis Picknelly. Peter Pan Bus Lines saw tremendous growth and success during this period providing service to the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City. Services included “all-expense paid” tours from western Massachusetts and Connecticut to the New York World’s Fair. These tours proved to be immensely popular with travelers and lead to the formation of Peter Pan World Services.

The Springfield Bus Terminal was constructed in April of 1969 and would become the corporate headquarters for Peter Pan Bus Lines. The terminal was unique in the fact that it became the only terminal in the United States that would provide services to both Greyhound Lines and Trailways. This would become the first intermodal terminal in the United States.

Continuing from its successes during the World’s Fair the company expanded its charter and tours business throughout the 1960’s and 70’s and by the end of the decade tours and charters accounted for two-thirds of the company’s overall sales. The 1980’s saw continued expansion as Peter Pan Bus Lines established Coach Builders. A company specializing in repair services for trucks, trailers, inter-city, transit and school bus industries. The company was also in charge of providing maintenance and repair services for the entire Peter Pan Bus Lines fleet.
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Peter Pan Trailways Coach 2252 enroute to NYC
Peter Pan Trailways Coach 2252 enroute to NYC | Source
Trailways

Trailways Bus System was a national to Greyhound Lines but by the mid-1980’s Trailways had been suffering from a severe decline in ridership and was a shell of its former self. By 1987 Trailways was in desperate straits and its largest member Continental Trailways was purchased by Greyhound Lines. This purchase effectively eliminated Trailways as a national competitor to Greyhound, with the later becoming the major provider of intercity bus service throughout the United States. Peter Pan Bus Lines had already acquired the ailing New England Trailways in 1985 effectively doubled the size of its scheduled services, and bringing the company into New York City for the first time.

In the 1990’s Peter Pan acquired American Coach Lines in Washington, DC. This purchase bought scheduled service to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and other mid-Atlantic cities and included a maintenance facility and office in the DC area. Also during this period Peter Pan Bus Lines began operatioing under the Peter Pan Trailways name when it joined the Trailways network and provided services to Norfolk, VA and the Delmarva Peninsula paralleling services operated by Carolina Trailways . in 1999 there was an alliance formed with rival Greyhound, coordinating schedules, marketing, and ticket sales that continues to this day. Peter Pan Trailways ended its affiliation with the Trailways network in 2005 and reverted to its former Peter Pan Bus Lines name.
Bonanza Bus Lines Coach 39804 operating with Peter Pan livery
Bonanza Bus Lines Coach 39804 operating with Peter Pan livery
Acquisitions

Peter Pan Bus Lines opened a major office and maintenance facility in Secaucus, NJ running an expansion operation to its Coachbuilders division primarily providing maintenance services to its Metro New York area fleet as well as providing services to other bus company fleets. In 2003 Peter Pan once again expanded when it acquired the New England division of Coach USA including the subsidiaries of Arrow Lines, Boston Coach and Bonanza Bus Lines. This increased the size of the company to over 300 vehicles and sales to over $2 million per week. The purchase also brought some older RTS buses into their fleet which were significantly different from the more modern equipment the company was operating at the time.

The rapid rate of acquisitions continued as Peter Pan acquired the Connecticut-based tour company, ShowBus Tours in 2005, expanding their offerings to include Broadway shows as well as Yankees and Red Sox baseball games. In 2007 a joint venture with Greyhound called BoltBus was launched providing “city center to city center” service using internet-based sales and non-terminal pick-up locations. These buses featured on board WIFI services and convenient electrical plug-ins for passengers and more leg room for comfort. BoltBus has become one of the fastest growing and most popular bus services in the United States. Continuing its positive working relationship with Greyhound a new premium service non-stop direct express service was started in the Northeast . This service began in 2011 and included private waiting areas in terminals where Guest Specialists greeted passengers and provided an extra level of service.
Peter Pan Coach 796 exiting the Springfield, MA Bus Terminal southbound to NYC
Peter Pan Coach 796 exiting the Springfield, MA Bus Terminal southbound to NYC | Source
Peter Pan Bus Lines Today

Peter Pan Bus Lines is now one of the largest privately owned intercity bus companies in the United States and primarily provides services to passengers in the major cities throughout the Northeast including Boston, Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Despite its humble New England beginnings the New York Metro area is the main hub of the company’s routes and services. Today Peter Pan Bus Lines operates a modern fleet of over 250 vehicles and employs over 750 people.

A competing form of intercity bus transportation entered the market in the late 1990’s called Chinatown Bus Lines. These were older buses operated by small independent bus companies that provided street pick up service in Chinatown communities throughout many East Coast cities. The companies were usually owned and operated by Chinese Americans with the vast majority operating out of the Northeastern United States although similar operations are run on the West Coast.

Substandard safety practices in these bus operation led to several fatal accidents causing many of these companies to either be temporarily or permanently shut down by regulatory authorities opening up the lucrative Chinatown market to companies like Peter Pan. In 2012 Greyhound Bus Lines in affiliation with Peter Pan launched YO! Bus and ran express service between New York and Philadelphia and Boston and Washington, D.C. After several years of successful operations it was announced that on December 21, 2015 all YO! Bus services would be discontinued and merged into the existing BoltBus network.

The Twisted Sister History: Once an S.M.F., Always an S.M.F.!

The classic Twisted Sister lineup, L-R: A.J. Pero (dr), Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass), Dee Snider (vox), Eddie Ojeda (gtr), Jay Jay French (gtr)
The classic Twisted Sister lineup, L-R: A.J. Pero (dr), Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass), Dee Snider (vox), Eddie Ojeda (gtr), Jay Jay French (gtr) | Source
“Old SMFs never die… we just smell that way!” – Dee Snider

On April 7, 2015, heavy metal heroes Twisted Sister announced that they were calling it a career. The band marked the 40th anniversary of the formation of their “classic” lineup in 1976 by embarking on a series of farewell dates – dubbed “40 and F**k It” – with former Dream Theater/Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy taking the place of longtime Twisted drummer Anthony “A.J.” Pero, who passed away unexpectedly on March 20th, 2015. The last show of this tour took place on November 12, 2016 at the Corona Northside Rock Park Meeting Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, after which the glam metal legends hung up their makeup bags for good.

Led by the lion-maned, leather-lunged Dee Snider, Twisted Sister earned their stripes the hard way – by clawing their way to the top of the cut-throat late ’70s New York City club circuit thanks to their outrageous image, their never-say die attitude, and their sheer volume. Ignored by record company scouts for years, they signed a major-label deal just in time to reap the rewards of the early ’80s Hair Metal boom with the now-classic anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

After a brief spin atop the MTV hit parade, they split up in the late Eighties, but reunited in 2001 and have been a regular fixture on the retro-metal tour circuit ever since.

The retirement announcement was not unexpected in the wake of Pero’s sudden passing, but it was still sad news for the band’s worldwide legion of fans, who are affectionately referred to as “SMF’s” (shorthand for “Sick Mother F***’n Friends of Twisted Sister”).
RUFF CUTTS EP (1982)
RUFF CUTTS EP (1982) | Source
In The Beginning…

Though they are closely associated with the New York scene, Twisted Sister was actually formed in Ho-Ho-Kus, a small town in the northern New Jersey suburbs, in 1973. The young T.S. was heavily inspired by the British “glam rock” scene (i.e. David Bowie, Slade, T-Rex, etc.) and they hoped to be the Garden State’s answer to the then-hot New York Dolls. Guitarist Jay Jay French was the only member of this “original” lineup who stayed in the band through its entire run.

After several years of revolving-door band membership, the “real” Twisted Sister finally began to take shape in 1976 when they were joined by brash new lead singer Daniel (aka “Dee”) Snider, whose heavier musical influences and songwriting skill soon turned him into the band’s driving force. The Sisters re-located to Long Island, New York and began attacking the local club scene with a vengeance, altering their pretty-boy “glam” look in favor of a rougher, dirtier image that resembled a group of deranged drag queens. The “classic” lineup of Twisted Sister eventually came together with the additions of guitarist Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, and finally drummer A.J. Pero. By the early 1980s, Twisted Sister had become the tri-state area’s “you gotta see this!” rock act.
“Under the Blade” (1982)
“Under the Blade” (1982) | Source
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Labels Finally Start Listening…

Twisted Sister had a fanatical local following in the early ’80s — they held the attendance records at dozens of New York area venues and boasted thousands of fan club members – but as hard as they tried, they couldn’t get arrested by the record industry. Legend has it that a major label once returned their demo tape to them with a note that read “Dear Twisted Sister: You suck. Don’t ever send us your music again.”

Twisted eventually attracted attention from Secret Records, a small British indie label that was known mainly for punk rock. Secret brought Twisted Sister to the U.K. in 1982 and while they recorded their debut album Under The Blade on British soil, they opened shows for Motorhead and played a pivotal gig at England’s prestigious Reading Festival, where their over-the-top stage presence, take-no-crap New York attitude, and an endorsement from Lemmy Kilmister himself won over the initially-hostile crowd. It looked like things were finally falling into place for the band… until Secret Records went bankrupt just as Under The Blade hit store shelves. (D’oh!!)
“You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll” (1983)
Success!

The U.K. division of Atlantic Records swooped in to snap the band up when Secret closed up shop – a move which reportedly earned them a reprimand from the label’s home office in America, who had already rejected T.S. several times. However, the musical tides were beginning to turn in Twisted Sister’s favor. Thanks to the breakout successes of MTV-driven hard rock bands like Def Leppard and Quiet Riot, heavy metal was gradually becoming big business. While Twisted’s Atlantic debut, 1983’s You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll, didn’t set the charts ablaze, it was an underground success that helped to expand their rapidly-growing cult following.

1984 was when Twisted Sister’s ship finally came in — BIG time. Powered by massive MTV support for the cartoonish “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” music videos, their second Atlantic album Stay Hungry went multi-platinum and turned the band into household names. By 1985, even top 40 and pop fans who normally hated metal music knew who Dee Snider was, thanks to his trip to Washington D.C. to speak out against the music-censorship efforts of Tipper Gore’s P.M.R.C. (Parents’ Music Resource Center), where he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with John Denver and Frank Zappa on Capitol Hill. The world was Twisted Sister’s oyster – for about a year.
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)
“Come Out and Play” (1985)
“Come Out and Play” (1985) | Source
The Decline and Fall…

What goes up must come down, and by the time they released Come Out and Play in late 1985, Twisted’s wheels were beginning to fall off due to a toxic combination of egos, overexposure, and record company pressure. The album’s first single, a cover of the Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (which had been a fan favorite during their club era) failed to catch fire with the MTV generation, and Atlantic quickly pulled the album’s promotional plug. Come Out and Play sold less than half as many copies as Stay Hungry, and the rest of the band was growing tired of standing in the background while Dee Snider hogged the media spotlight. A.J. Pero left the band at the conclusion of the disastrous Come Out and Play tour and the dream seemed to be over.

1987’s Love Is For Suckers was originally supposed to be Dee Snider’s debut as a solo artist, but Atlantic refused to release the album unless it had Twisted Sister’s name on it – even though Snider had recorded it with studio players (including future Winger members Kip Winger and Reb Beach) instead of his bandmates. Suckers’ slick pop-metal sound did nothing to reverse the band’s waning fortunes, and in 1988 Dee Snider announced that he was leaving Twisted Sister. The band split up under a black cloud of hurt feelings and grudges; Mark “The Animal” Mendoza once told VH1 that he’d wanted to “hospitalize” Snider after the breakup.
“A Twisted Christmas” (2006)
“A Twisted Christmas” (2006) | Source

Snider remained the most visible of the former Sisters during the 1990s – trying his hand as a solo artist, a talk-radio host, and an actor (he wrote and starred in the 1998 horror cheapie Strangeland, based on the Twisted Sister song “Captain Howdy”), while French retired from performing to manage and produce other bands. Given the amount of bad blood between the Sisters when they split up, a Twisted reunion seemed unlikely for many years, but VH1 host and radio personality Eddie Trunk pulled off the impossible in late 2001 when he convinced them to headline a special 9/11 benefit concert dubbed “New York Steel.” Though the New York Steel gig was intended to be a one-shot deal, response was so positive that Twisted Sister performed several more reunion shows over the next few years. and eventually returned to the studio to release 2004’s Still Hungry – a 20th anniversary re-recording of their classic Stay Hungry album with meatier, more “metal” sounding production – and 2006’s surprise holiday hit, A Twisted Christmas. Twisted never went back to the full-time recording/touring grind, but they performed at least a handful of live gigs every year.
Adrenaline Mob with Jay Jay French:
R.I.P. A.J.

A.J. Pero passed away on March 20, 2015 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob – a band he’d joined in 2013 to perform with during down time from Twisted Sister. His Mob band mates discovered him unresponsive in his bunk on their tour bus and quickly rushed him to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack. Rather than cancel their next scheduled concert date at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Adrenaline Mob turned the hometown show into a celebration of A.J’s life, with Mike Portnoy (whom A.J. had replaced in Adrenaline Mob) returning to sit in on drums while Jay Jay French made a special appearance onstage to bash out the Twisted Sister classic “You Can’t Stop Rock N Roll.” It was a fitting salute to A.J…. and the beginning of the end for the legendary Twisted Sister.
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After A.J.’s funeral the remaining members of Twisted Sister announced that they were coming to the end of the road. They performed two shows in Pero’s honor, in Las Vegas (in May) and New Jersey (in June), with Mike Portnoy filling in on drums at both concerts. The Vegas gig was recorded for release as a live album/video, and the Jersey date was a benefit show to raise money for A.J.’s family. Twisted Sister already had a number of European festival gigs and other 2016 shows booked prior to A.J.’s death, which they honored before they officially closed the Twisted book for good. .
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The Twisted Movie!

Twisted fans got one last memento from the band in 2016 – the long awaited documentary film We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!, which started racking up raves on the film festival circuit in 2014, was finally released on DVD/Blu-Ray in February. Director Andrew Horn received full support from the band members during the making of this documentary, sitting down with him for hours of interviews and providing unprecedented access to Twisted’s memorabilia and video archives. We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! is a fascinating in-depth look at the band’s formative period and their ten-year struggle to escape the tri-state club scene and it’s required viewing for all SMF’s!

Jersey Job Finder

For establishing your career in Jersey, you would need a trusted Jersey Job finder. There are opportunities galore for qualified and skilled professionals. The numerous recruitment agencies and the official website offer a platform for showcasing these jobs.

Jersey lies to the south of Great Britain and has been a popular tourist destination. It also has a thriving business environment and is the center of several offshore investment funds. Therefore, besides the traditional jobs in travel and hospitality industry, new career avenues are opening up in banking and financial services, telecommunications, retailing, management consulting, graphic design and fashion design. Finding a suitable job is very easy with the Jersey job finder.

The state government has been encouraging the creation of jobs for the economic development of the youth in the island. While outsiders might find fulfilling careers in Jersey, there is widespread belief that the local youth should be trained to take up responsible positions. While the investment in education is high, training to cater to the job market is not adequate. Several Jersey Job finder agencies like 1st Recruitment regularly conduct mentoring initiatives to develop self-esteem and positive attitude in the youth. The youth receive training in temporary positions and often find permanent jobs.

Jersey recruitment agencies form a strong network for providing information on the jobs available. The official website lists most of the opportunities and the offerings by the external recruitment agencies. The Offshore Executive Recruitment Limited is an agency dedicated to providing professionals for the financial services sector. The Jersey Evening Post regularly carries a job finder segment. It regularly runs motivational and informative articles by highly placed executives in leading companies. These articles are eye-openers for the youth of the island.

The main thrust of Jersey job finder agencies is to bring the latest job opportunities besides tracking the trends in the market.

Jersey Car Hire

Taking off on a vacation calls for good preparation so that the experience remains memorable. If one were to pick a holiday destination that is a complete and convenient package, then it must surely be Jersey. It is well connected by air and the options for accommodation are varied depending on one’s budget. Exploring the island can best be done with car hire.

Jersey has some unique features that make it more attractive to go round in a car. It is a very small island but has plenty of variety in terms of geographical features. Long beaches stretch on to rugged cliffs with stunning views. You would want to get off now and then, savor an interesting moment or capture it on your camera for posterity. One would be able to enjoy these pleasures fully only with car hire. When vacationing with your family, driving around in a car brings intimacy and privacy besides being far more convenient to your family’s specific needs.

Jersey has well laid roads with helpful traffic signs. Petrol is cheaper than in mainland UK and there is no road tax. One would have to carry a valid driving license without which one cannot have a car on hire.

There are several agencies that provide prompt and courteous car hire services to travelers. Zebrahire, Hertz and Avis are the more popular car hire agencies. They provide cars for travel in all of the Channel Islands. Most of them accept online booking and issue a contract. You could contact the local service provider on arrival and produce a couple of other documents. These include a valid credit card, driving license and photo identification.

It is always better to read the contract carefully to ensure that it meets your requirements. In case you have special requests like additional accessories, extra drivers etc. you would do well to include them beforehand to prevent disputes in amounts charged.

With a little preparation, your holiday could be a memorable affair. Opting for car hire saves you from much of the monotony associated with conducted group travel.

New York City: Take A Bite Out Of The Big Apple.

Take a bite, or many bites, out of The Big Apple. So we took the New Jersey Transit to New York City. The modern coach bus goes to the 42nd Street Port Authority. The Port Authority is one of the many hubs of ground transportation in NYC. Most of your major bus companies are located there and you can make connections with almost every subway line via a walking tunnel to Times Square. The rail hubs are Grand Central Station, connected by subway shuttle from Times Square, and Penn Station, a two-stop jaunt on the subway. The subway system in Manhattan is the quickest and most efficient form of transportation on the island, with stops within four to six blocks of each other. The system used to be confusing with many independent lines designated by different letters: IRT, BMT, etc. Today the various routes are designated by colors and either numbers or letters. A map shows all of the routes and their connecting points. The subways system today is very easy to follow. It is also safe, contrary to some people’s perceptions. Here are a few little known facts about the system. The tunnels go at least eight stories below the ground. There are miles of mazes even under the tubes themselves, where the homeless have made their homes. On one of the lines from Manhattan to Queens, the tracks literally ride on water under the East River. Even engineers do not know how to correct the problem. The money collected at the ticket booths is sent by a special train which travels the system. The trains are very long, at least ten cars in length. Most of the cars have benches along the sides, which leaves most of the car for standing room. There are three exits on each side of the car, which allows quick entrance and egress. The riders are called strap hangers, because they hold on to straps hanging from the ceiling while riding. The newer cars post the next stop on signs in the car. Some even have a map of the route and the present location of the car lit up on the map.

The city of New York consists of five Boroughs: Kings (Manhattan), Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Richmond (Staten Island). All of the boroughs are connected by subway or train or bus, except for Staten Island which is serviced by the famed ferry. More about the different areas when we visit them.

Went for desert at Café Lalo, where part of the movie “You’ve Got Mail” was filmed. Then we walked up Broadway to Fairfield Market, a few blocks South of World famous Zabars, a grocery and kitchen appliance store (but so much more: an experience). I was surprised by the variety of fresh produce and meats, fish, and poultry and relatively low prices. The aisles are very narrow in the store, due to the fact that space is at a premium in Manhattan. Buy an unlimited Metro Pass, $21.00 for the week, and hop on a Downtown bound bus on Broadway. Downtown means towards the Battery, the Southernmost point of Manhattan.

Uptown is Northbound and Cross-town is either to the East River(East Side) or the Hudson River(West Side). What a wonderful and safe way to see the city. We passed by Columbus Circle, the edge of Central Park, Julliard, Lincoln Center, the Theater District, and of course glitzy vibrant Times Square. The bus then turned East on 42nd Street and passed by the Public Library, Grand Central Station, and ended at The United Nations Building.

As long as fate brought us there, we toured the famed United Nations building. Mati from Senegal in Western Africa, was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the workings of the UN. It is not the paper tiger that some people claim it is. It is a real forum for all of the nations of the world to discuss mutual concerns: military conflicts, land mines, disease, hunger, trade, etc. Perhaps the real tigers are the ones who want to control the other nations or make huge profits by fostering these problems. Some of the Chambers were in use, namely the Security Council, and the Council for Economic and Social Justice. They were in session.

The Lexington Avenue bus goes further Downtown. Along the way we passed Chinatown, the Bowery, Little Italy, skirted Greenwich Village, and ended at city hall. There are so many different types of restaurants in NY that you could eat at a different one every single night and not repeat yourself for your entire lifetime.

Today we rode the subways. First we went Uptown to the Northern tip of Manhattan to Tryon Park and the fort. This is the highest point on Manhattan, overlooking both the Hudson and the East Rivers. At the northern most point of the park is The Cloisters Museum. This unique museum consists of five medieval cloisters rescued from buildings being demolished in Europe, along with chapels and numerous artifacts. Some of the statuary was being used as scarecrows by farmers, while others were found in junk piles. One outstanding room is the Unicorn Tapestries, which tell of the hunt, death, and resurrection of the unicorn-a symbol of Jesus Christ. The tapestries contain over one hundred different species of medieval plants woven into the stories. They are just breathtaking not only from their beauty but also from the textures of the weave.

We went back to Times Square and then hopped on the route #7 subway to Queens and Flushing Meadows, the site of the 1963 Worlds Fair with its massive sculpture of the world. On either side of the train station are Shea Stadium, home of the NY Mets baseball team and Arthur Ashe Stadium, site of the US Open Tennis Tournament. Back on the train to Times Square and on to W route to Coney Island at the tip of Brooklyn. We ate a Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dog. It cannot compare to a Chicago Vienna Hot Dog. The amusement park was closed, open only on weekends while school is in session. The Cyclone, their famous roller coaster, had just closed up. Thank our growling stomachs for this lack of timing. It is open daily from 12:00 to 4:00. The coaster does not look like much. But looks are deceiving. This baby shakes, rattles, and rolls. I wanted to see if it still gave me the same thrills as the last time I rode it in 1963. But that was to be for a later day, which never came.

This day was reserved to visit the grand dame of New York City, the Statue of Liberty. Taking the train to Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan, we purchased our tickets at the Castle Clinton, once a fortress guardian for the harbor, then a concert venue (the American debut of Jenny Lind), then an immigration port of entry, and now the ticket office for our lady. Circular in design, it is only fitting that one must pass through a fortress to gain access to greet the great lady. On the fifteen minute boat trip to Governors Island it is easy to imagine the awe and deep feelings of overwhelming joy of the millions of immigrants who first envisioned her while sailing through the Verrazano Narrows into New York Harbor. The statue, donated by France over one hundred years ago, stands on another fort, one of five which guarded the harbor. The pedestal rises eleven stories and the lady herself stands one hundred fifty-one feet. Once again security is very tight and visitors are not allowed either in the museum, on the pedestal, or into the crown. But just being in her presence was as said in Hebrew, “Dayenu” (It would have been enough).

Embarking on the boat again we went to Ellis Island, built in 1892 to process the great flood of immigrants. Both of our ancestors arrived before that date, so they might have come through Castle Clinton, AKA, Gardens or a different port of entry. Charlie Walker was our Ranger tour guide. Once a drill instructor, he has a voice to match. He also missed his calling to the stage, because the tour he gave was more of a living presentation with a cast of characters than a boring recitation of facts and figures. He definitely loves his job. The experience of Ellis Island was reserved for passengers in steerage class. Remembering the movie “Titanic”, steerage was the lowest of the low. The passengers in first and second class were processed on board ship. After they disembarked, the ship proceeded to Ellis Island. There the steerage class ran the gauntlet of the eyes of the inspectors. I was reminded of the pictures of the holocaust where the prisoners were “selected”. If you walked funny, protested, or looked frail, your clothing was chalk-marked for further inspection and processing. Many of these people were fleeing tyrannical regimes and were terrified of uniformed men. Here in America they were being ordered about by more men. Families were separated, while the processing took place- men on one side and women and children on the other side of the room. The good news is that the process generally took less than five hours and only 2% of the twelve million immigrants were deported back to their home lands. The ones who remained took the trains Westbound out of New Jersey or stayed in NYC, digging the subways or other back breaking jobs.

Arriving back at Battery Park we walked to Broadway. At the entrance was the sculpture of the Peace Globe which stood in the World Trade Center Plaza. Miraculously it withstood the tragedy and is now at the foot of Broadway being kept vigil by an eternal flame. Although damaged, the globe still stands for peace in this world.

Walked through the financial district, which looks like a war zone, barricades and armed police patrolling the area. Our goal was Federal Hall at the corners of Nassau, Broad and Wall streets. Federal Hall was the first capital of the United States. Here Washington was sworn in as president and the Congress met. The building has long been torn down. In its place is a Neo-Classical designed building, Parthenon-like exterior and Pantheon-like interior. Used as a customs house and then as a depository for US gold reserves during the Civil War, it is now a museum remembering our first capital. One of their prized possessions is the Bible which Washington used for his inauguration (the one that President Bartlett wanted to use on “The West Wing”)

Walking down famed Wall Street, where never have so many been raped by so few (written over five years ago), we went into Trinity Church where many come to pray after losing their life savings down the street. Built in 1696, the church has withstood many Wall Street crashes. Notable people buried there include Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton.

Many people talked to us about visiting St. John the Divine Cathedral. Happily, we took their advice. Started in 1892, this Gothic house of worship is over two football fields in length. The cathedral is still unfinished, but is still spectacular. Each set of stained glass windows has a different theme: poetry, medicine, law, etc. Standing in the immense interior is a humbling experience not to be missed. Around the high altar are side chapels, one which is reserved for local artists to show their work. At this time the children from the Cathedral’s school have their artwork on display.

From St John’s is a short bus ride to Grant’s tomb, where he and his wife lay at rest. The interior is similar to Napoleon’s tomb in Paris. Mrs.Grant chose New York, because the people were kind to them after they had become penniless. The tomb sits high on the palisades overlooking Riverside Park and the Hudson River.

Adjacent to the tomb is Sukaru Park, so named because of the numerous cherry trees in the park, which were donated by the Japanese government. In the park is a statue of General Daniel Butterworth, the composer of Taps (remember Berkeley Plantation in Virginia). He is looking over to Grant’s tomb, keeping his eyes on that hallowed ground.

Across the street is Riverside Church, a Presbyterian Church noted for its grand carillon of over seventy bells. The nave of the church is Gothic in style, but not quite as large St. John’s. The Church is part of Union Theological Seminary, which is connected with Columbia University also present in the neighborhood.

Hopped on the train again to Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace. This is a large brownstone at 28 East 20th Street. The original house was torn down and a reconstructed one was erected according the similar design plans of others in the neighborhood. His sisters, still alive gave instructions about floor plans and the arrangement of furniture in the house, as they had remembered. Roosevelt, born in to a very wealthy family, suffered from asthma. After losing his first wife and mother within the same week, he moved out to North Dakota to find himself. There he rediscovered his love for nature and the independence of the common working man. To prove his virility, he longed for a war, which he got when the Battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, Cuba. The Spanish were blamed for the sinking. He formed the Rough Riders in San Antonio, Texas, and the rest is history. Of his presidency he claimed that the building of the Panama Canal was his greatest achievement. Even though he was a war monger and empire builder, he is the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his help in ending the Russian Japanese War.

A short distance South is Greenwich Village, not quite the Bohemian atmosphere it was in the 60s. It is still a thriving area of restaurants, small theaters, interesting shops, and people watching. Washington Square, the quasi-official entrance to the area, still has its checker and chess tables set up with games constantly going on.

Stopped by Lincoln Center and bought tickets for the New York City Ballet’s Matinee Performance. Lincoln Center, at 64th and Broadway is the Performing Arts complex of New York City. Flanking a beautiful fountain, which has been a focal point in many movies are the Metropolitan Opera House dead ahead, Avery Fisher Hall on the right, home of the New York Philharmonic, and New York State Theater on the left, home of the New York City Ballet. Just outside of the horseshoe is Julliard School of music.

Attended the Ballet. On the program were Concerto Barocco, Sinfonia, Symphony in Three Movements, and Carnival of the Animals. Music was by Bach, Stravinsky, and Saint-Saens respectively. The corps de ballet under George Balanchine was noted for its precision and beauty in the details and technique. Today that toe shoe should be handed over to the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

A new production of an old ballet was on today’s schedule, The Carnival of the Animals. The choreographer is Christopher Wheeldon, a great talent at the age of twenty-nine. He asked John Lithgow, star of “Third Rock from the Sun”, to write a narrative for the ballet. Mr. Lithgow has written numerous children’s books and jumped at the opportunity. His story is of a young boy, Oliver, locked in a Natural History Museum for the night. The animals come alive, but they resemble people from his own personal life. The costuming give hints of the animals depicted and the narrative brings the different parts together seamlessly. Mr. Lithgow acts as the narrator and has the part of the Elephant, Oliver’s school nurse. This ballet is very entertaining, both in its humor and choreography.

Take a Different Trip With a Guided Bus Tour

While one option is to travel to the area and tour the attractions on your own, another option that is popular with travelers is to use bus tours. There are many benefits that you can enjoy with a bus tour.
A guided tour to the area may be highly affordable as well as convenient. There are several Niagara Falls bus tours available to choose from, and they may depart from cities throughout the region and beyond. Some tours will visit other cities as well, and others will only take you to attractions in the Niagara Falls area. In Niagara Falls, they may include stops at attractions on both sides of the U.S. Canadian border, and these attractions may include Niagara Falls State Park, the Skylon Tower, CN Tower, the Niagara Falls IMAX movie, the Maid of the Mist tour and other attractions.

Many people enjoy the convenience of Niagara Falls bus tours as much as the affordability of these tours. With these tours, getting to your destination truly is half the fun. You will not have to worry about trying to catch a flight or fight traffic on the road. Instead, you can sit back and chat with your spouse, a close friend or new friends that you make while on the tour while beautiful scenery of New York’s countryside rolls by your window. In addition, you will enjoy transportation throughout Niagara Falls, and this can make your trip far more enjoyable. You will not have to worry about getting lost, trying to find a parking spot or any other common concerns that you may have when traveling on your own.

If you would like to book a bus tour to Niagara Falls, take time to explore the options today. Keep in mind that the tours are highly popular, so you should make your reservation as soon as possible.

Niagara Falls is a beautiful and awe-inspiring wonder of nature any time of year. If visitors want to ride on the Maid of the Mist, only April through October will do. Winter tours may substitute IMAX movies of the falls, the Corning Museum of Glass or trips to Fort Niagara in lieu of Maid of the Mist rides.

Many American bus tours stay on the American side of the falls so that visitors will not have to obtain passports and Visas for the trip. Overnight tours include a hotel stay in a Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn or similar locale.

Bus tours to Niagara Falls also have on option for seeing the Thousand Islands as well. There are about 1,000 islands along this passage, and tour guests also get to take a boat tour of the Alexandria Bay to take in the scenery in this area, which is notable.

Bus tours to Niagara Falls leave from New York City and Parsippany, New Jersey. Tour days start on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The tour of Niagara Falls State Park includes views of the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

Warm weather tours do include rides on the Maid of the Mist with the necessary souvenir rain ponchos. A close-up view of the roaring power of vast amounts of water blasting over the cliff is certainly memorable and exciting. The Maid of the Mist tours started in 1846, and visitors have not tired of them in 167 years. That is saying something in this day and age of computerized images.

It’s a short, refreshing vacation away from the city, without a lot of fuss, and visitors have seen something amazing by the time they return. Let the tour guides do the hard work while you take in the scenery and relax.

Niagara Falls is a great American destination, and many Americans want to be able to say that they have seen the falls with their own eyes. Don’t let it stay on the Bucket List.

There are several different ways that you can experience the breathtaking grandeur of Niagara Falls as well as other fun and memorable attractions in and around the local area. Many travelers who visit the area will travel via car or air on their own. They must book their own accommodations, make flight plans and take other steps. For each travel decision, they must compare prices and read reviews to ensure that they are making the right decision. One bad experience on a trip can make the rest of the trip unpleasant, and this is not what you want to experience on a Niagara Falls vacation.

An improved way to visit the area is with a Niagara Falls tour. Bus tours are available from cities like New York City, Boston and other New England cities, and these tours provide you with a convenient and affordable way to travel across the region and reach Niagara Falls. Some tours may also make stops in other cities so that you can explore other attractions and landmarks on your trip.

When many travelers review the benefits of Niagara Falls tours, they make the decision to book a bus tour. With a bus tour, you can relax both to and from the destination. You won’t have to contend with fighting traffic, standing in long lines at the airport or other hassles. In addition, tours make it convenient for you to visit all of the popular attractions in the area. You won’t have to worry about spending too much time admiring the falls and not seeing other attractions. Tours may take you to the Maid of the Mist boat ride, Bridal Veil Falls, CN Tower, Skylon Tower and other hot spots.

Niagara Falls tours are ideal for travelers of all ages who want to see the area in an affordable and convenient way. Individuals who don’t want to travel alone, couples who want to make the most of their vacation and even families with kids of all ages can put these tours to use. You can take time to explore the different tours available today, and make your reservation for the tour that is most appealing to you.

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Moving to West New York – New Jersey

It’s a Great Relocation

So you are thinking of moving and you are looking for a great point of relocation and even better real estate market, then you might consider the real estate in West New York, New Jersey. It is close to Union City, New Jersey, and only three miles northwest of New York, New York. This is great real estate to be sure, and it is in Hudson County.

Population

West New York has a population of 45,768 residents. Ethnically the city breaks down along the following lines: 60 are White, almost 4 percent are African American, 0.67 percent are Native American, nearly 3 percent are Asian, 28 percent are from other races, and 7.57 percent are from two or more races. And, Hispanic or Latino of any race was nearly 79 percent of the population. So you see, many people have been moving to or finding relocation in this great real estate.

This is a very ethically diverse city, and if you are moving to or finding relocation in this real estate market, it is a good bet because in 2000, West New York had a median family income of $34,083. This makes the area a great place for relocation and worth considering moving to..

West New York Housing

According to the 2000 Unites States census, 20 percent of the housing and real estate in West New York was owner-occupied. If you are looking for relocation and great real estate, you can choose from a variety of real estate from historic buildings to average houses. In addition, if you are moving here you will find many apartments in this real estate market for your relocation.

Commuting

In West New York, 52 percent of people commuting to work drive. However, in this small piece of real estate, it is possible for many people to ride their bikes to work and some even walk. In West New York, they find many ways of moving from one place to another. If you are moving or finding relocation in West New York, you will have a big choice in public transportation, so you may not have to drive. That means saving on gas and becoming more globally conscious.

With the addition of light rail services, many commuters can travel within Hudson County real estate with the many connections to PATH train services to New York City. Also, New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and to other New Jersey communities. Moving this way can be less stressful than driving a car. The nearest airport in New Jersey, with scheduled passenger service, is Newark Liberty International Airport. It is located 13.6 miles away in Newark /Elizabeth. New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is 13.5 miles away.

Commerce

West New York is in a state-established real estate known as an, “Urban Enterprise Zone,” This is a program designed to assist businesses in economically distressed communities across New Jersey’s real estate. Businesses within the real estate zone can apply for a variety of incentives. Sometime this is a good reason for moving your business to this relocation. The incentives include a sales tax reduction to customers of 3 percent from the statewide mandated 7 percent statewide sales tax. That savings could sure help many businesses.

In addition, there is no tax on clothing or on purchases made by merchants related to the operation of their businesses. These are great reasons for relocation. The revenue generated from this is kept in a special fund dedicated for use within the real estate zone for specific economic development and physical improvement projects. These means it will become an even better relocation. The real estate zone was established in the winter of 1995 through the efforts of assembly member Rudy Garcia, who later became the mayor of Union City.

History

West New York is located in Hudson County. West New York was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in the summer of 1898. It replaced Union Township as relocation. Until the 1880s, the main commercial area of West New York was located on Palisade Avenue. Henry Kohlmeier, an influential resident, who lived in West New York, objected to the noise created by the earsplitting horse-drawn carriages. Instead of moving or finding relocation and different real estate, he made a fuss. His objections led to a route being transferred two blocks west to what is known now as Bergenline Avenue. It runs parallel to Palisade Avenue and is the city’s main commercial route. It is currently the longest commercial avenue in the state. This real estate has more than 300 retail stores and restaurants. Your business would do well if it were moving here as part of a relocation.

Bergenline Avenue runs through the entire length of West New York from north to south, and through Union City, Guttenberg and North Bergen. This makes it the main commercial strip for North Hudson. Like Chicago, this real estate is known as the “Miracle Mile,” Most of Bergenline’s retail and chains are located at the intersection of 32nd Street in Union City, and continues north to 92nd Street in North Bergen.

Some of the businesses you can find in West New York, New Jersey include Anthony Bracco Art Studio, it is an in-house graphic art and design studio; Met Mortgage Commercial, it offers commercial and hard money private bridge loans for real estate nationwide; and Bambi’s Baby Center.

Education

The West New York School District serves West New York. And if you are considering moving to or finding relocation in West New York your adolescent children would most likely attend one of the following educational facilities: Memorial High School or West New York Middle School. The elementary schools are Harry L. Bain Elementary School, Public School No. 1, Public School No. 2, Public School No. 3, Public School No. 4 and Public School No. 5.

Not only great real estate but also great schools are one of the reasons to consider moving to or finding relocation in West New York, New Jersey.

Also in Hudson County, you will find Hudson Community College. It is a comprehensive community college. Its mission is to offer high quality programs and services that are affordable, accessible, and community-centered. Many students are moving here as relocation to gain further education.

Interesting Facts If you are moving to or finding relocation in West New York, you can brag to your friends that you are living in the location where two popular movies were filmed. Director Luc Besson directed the first one. It is the 133- minute-Léon, which is also known as The Professional in its United States’ release. The very moving movie stars Jean Reno as Leon. He is an assassin and works for the Mafia. He lives in a run-down apartment building. A drug dealer kills everybody in Leon’s next down apartment – except Matilda, who is played by a young Natalie Portman. She seeks solace and relocation in Leon’s apartment. Twelve-year-old Matilda has experienced a tough life and she wants revenge, so when she discovers that Leon is a killer, she offers to pay him for the assassination of all the men involved in her family’s death. She also asks to become Leon’s apprentice.

Another moving movie filmed in West New York is Independence Day. This is an Academy Award winning 1996 science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film’s plot is about an attempted alien takeover of Earth and features several scenes where landmarks such as the White House, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles are being destroyed by Aliens. I guess the Aliens were thinking about relocation to this world.

There’s even a film entitled West New York. It wasn’t filmed in West New York real estate but it deals with some of its fictional residents. Alcoholism cost ex-cop Tom Coletti, played by Frank Vincent, his marriage and job. But he begins working for a New Jersey bank, and watching over the disposal of corporate bonds. Because he is desperate for cash, he pockets some of the bonds before they can be destroyed. And begins thinking about relocation. However, a West New York mobster, Carmine Ferraro, played by Vincent Pastore, is upset when he doesn’t get any action from this theft. So, Coletti is on the run and seeks relocation from the cops and the mob in this action thriller that takes place in West New York.

Cultural and Heritage

The Hudson County Office of Affairs Cultural and Heritage strives to create an environment where the local arts can thrive. The office also sponsors tours and lectures on local heritage, promotes historic preservation, and presents culturally diverse celebrations. Hudson County is great place for relocation.

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Historic Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

If you aren’t from New Jersey, or you have spent little time in the Garden State, you may not be too familiar with some of the peculiarly named towns located around the state. Indeed, with 566 incorporated communities, New Jersey has no lack of uncommon named locales including, Hoboken, Hackensack, Teaneck, Wanaque, Ho-Ho-Kus, and others. Located in Bergen County, in northeast New Jersey, Ho-Ho-Kus is one such town with an unusual name. Let’s take a look at the history of this little community.

With 70 communities, Bergen County is New Jersey’s most populated county with just under one million residents. The county is located just west of New York City and the towns which comprise the county are what many call “bedroom communities” for the city workers who make the daily commute to Manhattan. Indeed, located just 17 miles west of New York is the town of Ho-Ho-Kus, where a large portion of the people who have settled in the town make the daily trek to the city via train, bus, or passenger car. With just over 4000 people living within its approximately one square mile radius, Ho-Ho-Kus has a history that can be traced back to 1698 when European settlers deeded land in what is now Ho-Ho-Kus.

The name Ho-Ho-Kus is a fairly big mystery as well. Town residents take pride in the unusual name and are adamant that commonly used ways of writing the name of the town not be used, including HoHoKus or Hohokus. The Lenni Lenape were the original inhabitants of the area and some believe that a particular native term, Hochaos, is one of the closest words associated with the current spelling. The meaning of Hochaos is not certain as some think that it could be a native term for “running water” or to a Dutch term for high oaks, or it may simply be referring to another native term “hoccus” meaning gray fox. Indeed, there are at least six different explanations for the origins of “Ho-Ho-Kus”, but none are definitive.

Much of the current town saw its growth in the 20th century via the establishment of a railroad station. A walking tour of the business district reveals to visitors charming shops, restaurants, the train station, and a beautiful library. There are no lodging establishments within the town, but several can be found in neighboring Paramus.

The town has just one public school covering grades K-8, with high school students sent to Northern Highlands Regional in Allendale for their schooling. Three churches are located within the town and Ho-Ho-Kus is free of all industry.

A national historic landmark, The Hermitage, is located within the borough and it is well noted for having been visited by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The manse is a wonderful example of domestic Gothic Revival architecture.

Most of the residential area is located to the north, west, and south of the business district and the homes are recognized for their architectural beauty as well as being pristinely maintained. Indeed, per capita income for town residents reflects the overall wealth of Bergen County and the residences keenly reflect this fact.

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Moving to West New York – New Jersey

It’s a Great Relocation

So you are thinking of moving and you are looking for a great point of relocation and even better real estate market, then you might consider the real estate in West New York, New Jersey. It is close to Union City, New Jersey, and only three miles northwest of New York, New York. This is great real estate to be sure, and it is in Hudson County.

Population

West New York has a population of 45,768 residents. Ethnically the city breaks down along the following lines: 60 are White, almost 4 percent are African American, 0.67 percent are Native American, nearly 3 percent are Asian, 28 percent are from other races, and 7.57 percent are from two or more races. And, Hispanic or Latino of any race was nearly 79 percent of the population. So you see, many people have been moving to or finding relocation in this great real estate.

This is a very ethically diverse city, and if you are moving to or finding relocation in this real estate market, it is a good bet because in 2000, West New York had a median family income of $34,083. This makes the area a great place for relocation and worth considering moving to..

West New York Housing

According to the 2000 Unites States census, 20 percent of the housing and real estate in West New York was owner-occupied. If you are looking for relocation and great real estate, you can choose from a variety of real estate from historic buildings to average houses. In addition, if you are moving here you will find many apartments in this real estate market for your relocation.

Commuting

In West New York, 52 percent of people commuting to work drive. However, in this small piece of real estate, it is possible for many people to ride their bikes to work and some even walk. In West New York, they find many ways of moving from one place to another. If you are moving or finding relocation in West New York, you will have a big choice in public transportation, so you may not have to drive. That means saving on gas and becoming more globally conscious.

With the addition of light rail services, many commuters can travel within Hudson County real estate with the many connections to PATH train services to New York City. Also, New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and to other New Jersey communities. Moving this way can be less stressful than driving a car. The nearest airport in New Jersey, with scheduled passenger service, is Newark Liberty International Airport. It is located 13.6 miles away in Newark /Elizabeth. New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is 13.5 miles away.

Commerce

West New York is in a state-established real estate known as an, “Urban Enterprise Zone,” This is a program designed to assist businesses in economically distressed communities across New Jersey’s real estate. Businesses within the real estate zone can apply for a variety of incentives. Sometime this is a good reason for moving your business to this relocation. The incentives include a sales tax reduction to customers of 3 percent from the statewide mandated 7 percent statewide sales tax. That savings could sure help many businesses.

In addition, there is no tax on clothing or on purchases made by merchants related to the operation of their businesses. These are great reasons for relocation. The revenue generated from this is kept in a special fund dedicated for use within the real estate zone for specific economic development and physical improvement projects. These means it will become an even better relocation. The real estate zone was established in the winter of 1995 through the efforts of assembly member Rudy Garcia, who later became the mayor of Union City.

History

West New York is located in Hudson County. West New York was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in the summer of 1898. It replaced Union Township as relocation. Until the 1880s, the main commercial area of West New York was located on Palisade Avenue. Henry Kohlmeier, an influential resident, who lived in West New York, objected to the noise created by the earsplitting horse-drawn carriages. Instead of moving or finding relocation and different real estate, he made a fuss. His objections led to a route being transferred two blocks west to what is known now as Bergenline Avenue. It runs parallel to Palisade Avenue and is the city’s main commercial route. It is currently the longest commercial avenue in the state. This real estate has more than 300 retail stores and restaurants. Your business would do well if it were moving here as part of a relocation.

Bergenline Avenue runs through the entire length of West New York from north to south, and through Union City, Guttenberg and North Bergen. This makes it the main commercial strip for North Hudson. Like Chicago, this real estate is known as the “Miracle Mile,” Most of Bergenline’s retail and chains are located at the intersection of 32nd Street in Union City, and continues north to 92nd Street in North Bergen.

Some of the businesses you can find in West New York, New Jersey include Anthony Bracco Art Studio, it is an in-house graphic art and design studio; Met Mortgage Commercial, it offers commercial and hard money private bridge loans for real estate nationwide; and Bambi’s Baby Center.

Education

The West New York School District serves West New York. And if you are considering moving to or finding relocation in West New York your adolescent children would most likely attend one of the following educational facilities: Memorial High School or West New York Middle School. The elementary schools are Harry L. Bain Elementary School, Public School No. 1, Public School No. 2, Public School No. 3, Public School No. 4 and Public School No. 5.

Not only great real estate but also great schools are one of the reasons to consider moving to or finding relocation in West New York, New Jersey.

Also in Hudson County, you will find Hudson Community College. It is a comprehensive community college. Its mission is to offer high quality programs and services that are affordable, accessible, and community-centered. Many students are moving here as relocation to gain further education.

Interesting Facts If you are moving to or finding relocation in West New York, you can brag to your friends that you are living in the location where two popular movies were filmed. Director Luc Besson directed the first one. It is the 133- minute-Léon, which is also known as The Professional in its United States’ release. The very moving movie stars Jean Reno as Leon. He is an assassin and works for the Mafia. He lives in a run-down apartment building. A drug dealer kills everybody in Leon’s next down apartment – except Matilda, who is played by a young Natalie Portman. She seeks solace and relocation in Leon’s apartment. Twelve-year-old Matilda has experienced a tough life and she wants revenge, so when she discovers that Leon is a killer, she offers to pay him for the assassination of all the men involved in her family’s death. She also asks to become Leon’s apprentice.

Another moving movie filmed in West New York is Independence Day. This is an Academy Award winning 1996 science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. The film’s plot is about an attempted alien takeover of Earth and features several scenes where landmarks such as the White House, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles are being destroyed by Aliens. I guess the Aliens were thinking about relocation to this world.

There’s even a film entitled West New York. It wasn’t filmed in West New York real estate but it deals with some of its fictional residents. Alcoholism cost ex-cop Tom Coletti, played by Frank Vincent, his marriage and job. But he begins working for a New Jersey bank, and watching over the disposal of corporate bonds. Because he is desperate for cash, he pockets some of the bonds before they can be destroyed. And begins thinking about relocation. However, a West New York mobster, Carmine Ferraro, played by Vincent Pastore, is upset when he doesn’t get any action from this theft. So, Coletti is on the run and seeks relocation from the cops and the mob in this action thriller that takes place in West New York.

Cultural and Heritage

The Hudson County Office of Affairs Cultural and Heritage strives to create an environment where the local arts can thrive. The office also sponsors tours and lectures on local heritage, promotes historic preservation, and presents culturally diverse celebrations. Hudson County is great place for relocation.

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