The westernmost stop on the PATH train, across the Hudson, Hackensack, and Passaic Rivers from New York, is Newark Penn Station. From there, walking further due west sees neighborhoods and landscapes switching in rapid succession, from inner city to near wilderness. Starting early on President’s Day, on foot and navigating by the sun, cutting straight across the landscape without regards to city planning when I could, I set out to see exactly how far across the landscape I could get.  Newark, southwest of the station.      Some cops pulled by while I was scoping this abandoned lot, then came back around right after I left, parking just out of sight of the gate, presumably in order to catch me coming out, had I still been in there.     Weird desolate parkland (or parking lot?) surrounded by new prefab-looking homes.     At last, the top of the hill: gull-infested Home Depot lot.  And then what might be Irvington, and might be West Side, and might just be an in-between zone forsaken by both.      The lead image for this post, would, chronologically, have fallen right here.       "400 yrs of slavery"   Lots of the more gutted buildings were sporting horrifying signage offering to help all those poor, beleagured landlords toss out their tenants on the street.    On the other hand, many of those same vacant houses had become tidy, landlord-free squat-sites, it appears.    The book was a collection of Bible stories illustrated with “magic eye” stereograms, the sticker reminded residents of the benefits of regular mammograms.   Guard dog on the roof.    Virus/AIDS.  "crack kill"     Room with a view.      Once across the Garden State Parkway, Irvington stabilized, the homes were better kept, the neighborhoods much healthier.  And had canals.      I think these might now be getting into “Upper Valisburg”.      There: the first leg, a couple hours walking, Newark to what may be the edge of South Orange, at Seton University. I’ll pick up from here next post.

The westernmost stop on the PATH train, across the Hudson, Hackensack, and Passaic Rivers from New York, is Newark Penn Station. From there, walking further due west sees neighborhoods and landscapes switching in rapid succession, from inner city to near wilderness. Starting early on President’s Day, on foot and navigating by the sun, cutting straight across the landscape without regards to city planning when I could, I set out to see exactly how far across the landscape I could get. DSC_7473
Newark, southwest of the station. DSC_7474 DSC_7476 DSC_7477 DSC_7482 DSC_7485
Some cops pulled by while I was scoping this abandoned lot, then came back around right after I left, parking just out of sight of the gate, presumably in order to catch me coming out, had I still been in there. DSC_7487 DSC_7489 DSC_7490 DSC_7493
Weird desolate parkland (or parking lot?) surrounded by new prefab-looking homes. DSC_7494 DSC_7495 DSC_7497 DSC_7501
At last, the top of the hill: gull-infested Home Depot lot. DSC_7502
And then what might be Irvington, and might be West Side, and might just be an in-between zone forsaken by both. DSC_7503 DSC_7505 DSC_7506 DSC_7507 DSC_7509
The lead image for this post, would, chronologically, have fallen right here. DSC_7512 DSC_7513 DSC_7514 DSC_7515 DSC_7516 DSC_7519
"400 yrs of slavery" DSC_7520 DSC_7522
Lots of the more gutted buildings were sporting horrifying signage offering to help all those poor, beleagured landlords toss out their tenants on the street. DSC_7523 DSC_7525 DSC_7526
On the other hand, many of those same vacant houses had become tidy, landlord-free squat-sites, it appears. DSC_7534 DSC_7535 DSC_7537
The book was a collection of Bible stories illustrated with “magic eye” stereograms, the sticker reminded residents of the benefits of regular mammograms. DSC_7540 DSC_7541
Guard dog on the roof. DSC_7542 DSC_7544 DSC_7545
Virus/AIDS. DSC_7546
"crack kill" DSC_7547 DSC_7549 DSC_7551 DSC_7560
Room with a view. DSC_7562 DSC_7563 DSC_7566 DSC_7567 DSC_7569
Once across the Garden State Parkway, Irvington stabilized, the homes were better kept, the neighborhoods much healthier. DSC_7572
And had canals. DSC_7574 DSC_7578 DSC_7579 DSC_7580 DSC_7581
I think these might now be getting into “Upper Valisburg”. DSC_7582 DSC_7583 DSC_7584 DSC_7585 DSC_7586
There: the first leg, a couple hours walking, Newark to what may be the edge of South Orange, at Seton University. I’ll pick up from here next post. DSC_7588