Think of New York Harbor and fabulous sights of fall foliage doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Locals, however, know differently. Surrounding the great tidal waters of this busy and bustling estuary are a handful of wonderful parks and preserves to view changing leaves.
Some of my favorite sites to view fall color include Fresh Kills Park, Blue Heron Park, and Conference House Park, all located on Staten Island. In New Jersey, there is Cheesequake State Park in Old Bridge Township and Hartshorne Woods and Huber Woods, both part of the Monmouth County Park System.
Sure, New York Harbor doesn’t have the great richness and variety of color often found in New England or upstate New York, such as in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Green Mountains of Vermont, or the Adirondacks of Northern New York. Northeastern coastlines often lack a good mixture of maple species to produce flaming hues of oranges, yellows and reds. Instead, fall foliage along the shore usually has a different type of appeal and subtle charm.
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MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell