Thursday, May 22, 2008
A River Runs Through It
Main Street in Hackensack is pointedly urban. I hadn't thought much about its river connection until I had the opportunity to get a bird's eye from a friend's apartment. From the eighth floor of a Main Street apartment building with a panoramic view, I could see the river's curves and grassy banks define a terrain just east of center city. The contrasting parts of the city -- waterway and street -- had a pleasing harmony in the midst of a jumble of stuff: the NY skyline, steam from a factory of some kind, and the odd patchwork of the Hackensack's urbanism. My friend said they had taken the apartment for the joy of the view. "One night there was a full moon reflecting off the river -- it was so beautiful, but we hadn't seen that before."