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October 09, 2007



The meadowland marshes seem surprising serene from NJ Transit trains, bursting forth from under Manhattan and the Hudson. This is much contrasted to the sight and smell of the Linden plants as you exit the Newark Airport and head south on the Turnpike.

The Contrarian

I live in the shadow of those Linden plants. They keep our gas cheap, and I am only reminded of that when the wind blows in from the North-Northeast.

That being said John R. Quinn's Fields of Sun and Grass: An Artist's Journal of the New Jersey Meadowlands is a far superior book to Sullivan's work, which to me, read more as an outsider's story of the place.

Bill Sheehan is a great guy. I toured the Meadowlands with him on his pontoon boat back in the mid-90s and as we sailed down the Hackensack just west of Jersey City's Route 440, I saw old trash dumps eroded by decades of wind and tides with layers of 20th-century garbage arranged in a strata like, well a layer cake.


i've done this paddle and i too would highly recommend it to anyone that thinks that the meadowlands haven't come back from abuse swinging.

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