You can’t think about the Hudson River without thinking about trains and train lines. Trains and the lower Hudson Valley go hand in hand because the area is just a few miles from the financial capital of the world. For Westchester residents, trains are a way of life, and that makes good sense since many residents make the daily trek from their Westchester homes to Manhattan. Thanks to Metro-North, the trip is quite painless and efficient.
The Hudson Line – (or the green line) that runs along the river has the added bonus of providing its riders excellent views of the Hudson River to begin and end their work day. Many friends of mine who make the commute on this line tell me that they look forward to it as a time to decompress. And the views of the Hudson are a big part of that experience.
For myself, I have tried to capture the eclectic nature of the Hudson River in my photos. The modern transportation hub juxtaposed alongside the bucolic, peaceful nature of the Hudson. You can see both sides clearly in places like Tarrytown where the quiet simplicity of the Lighthouse Landing is facing north while the brightly lit, heavily traveled Tappan Zee Bridge is facing south. Behind the Tappan Zee, there is the New York City skyline to remind you that although the river towns are a world away from New York City, the city is really just a few miles away.
This photo was taken at Scenic Hudson Park in Irvington at dusk. The train passing by was photographed using a slow shutter speed and the New York City skyline was brightly lit to the south as if opening its arms to welcome the train to its last stop on the line, Grand Central Station. It is said that the New York City never really sleeps. Well, Westchester has its own dynamic as well. It is alive and kicking long after dark, as this photo clearly shows.
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