Weehawken Cove

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Image of Weehawken Cove taken by NASA. (Image on the right with red line shows where it is.)

Weehawken Cove is a cove on the west bank of the Hudson River between the New Jersey municipalities of Hoboken to the south and Weehawken to the north. At the perimeter of the cove are completed sections the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, offering views of Manhattan and the Palisades. The name Weehawken comes from the Lenape, and can translate as "at the end of",[1] either the Hudson Palisades or the stream which flowed from them into the cove, later the site of the nearby Lincoln Tunnel.

Half Moon[edit]

The first European to record visiting the cove was Robert Juet, first mate of the Half Moon captained by Henry Hudson, who anchored his ship in the cove on October 2, 1609.[2]

He wrote: "We got down two leagues beyond that place and anchored in a bay clear from all danger of them on the other side of the river, where we saw a good piece of ground, and hard by it there was a cliff that looked of the colour of white-green, as though it was either a copper or silver mine, and I think it to be one of them by the trees that grow upon it, for they are all burned, and the other places are green as grass."[3] The cliff described is now known as Castle Point.[4]

Lipton Tea and Lincoln Harbor[edit]

Looking north to Lincoln Harbor
Hudson Tea Buildings were the former plant and warehouse of Lipton Tea

A prominent landmark on the south side of the cove is the Hudson Tea Buildings, a converted residential complex in former plant and warehouse of Lipton Tea. Additional apartment complexes have been built along the cove in the last decade. The cove is two blocks north of 14th Street (Hoboken). On the north of the Cove is Lincoln Harbor, a residential, commercial, and recreational area on the site of the former Erie Railroad Weehawken Yard, which had partially filled the cove to be built.[5][6][7][8]

Proposals to build residential buildings along the southern perimeter of the cove have been met with local opposition, including city officials in Hoboken, who contend the waterfront area is better used for public open space.[9]

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway[edit]

In September 2010 construction of an 800 foot section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway along the western perimeter of the cove was announced by county officials.[10][11] which will eventually be adjacent to the proposed Hoboken Cove Park.[dead link][12] The riverfront walkway connecting Weehawken and Hoboken was completed in April 2012.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weehawken, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, accessed June 13, 2007. "A township in Hudson County, N.J., seven miles northeast of Jersey City [sic]. The name was originally an Algonquian Indian term and later changed by folk-usage to a pseudo-Dutch form. Its exact meaning is unclear, but variously translated ... at the end (of the Palisades)..."
  2. ^ Hoboken's earliest days: Before becoming a city, 'Hobuck' went through several incarnations, Hudson Reporter, January 16, 2005. "On October 2, 1609, Henry Hudson anchored his ship, the Half Moon, in what is now Weehawken Cove. Robert Juet, Hudson's first mate, wrote in the ship's log, "[W]e saw a good piece of ground ... that looked of the color of white green." The rock of which Juet wrote makes up Castle Point in Hoboken; nowhere else along the Hudson River exists a white-green rock formation."
  3. ^ Juet, Robert (1625). "Juet's Journal of Hudson's 1609 Voyage". Purchas His Pilgrimes. New Netherland Museum. 2006.
  4. ^ http://www.stevens.edu/sit/about/campus.cfm
  5. ^ "WEEHAWKEN IMPROVEMENTS; Filling up of the Cove--New Railroads--A City of Termini over the River". The New York Times. June 4, 1869. 
  6. ^ De Palma, Anthony (July 7, 1987). "River City is Planned for Jersey". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  7. ^ Hartz Mountain Industries: Lincoln Harbor
  8. ^ "5 Weehawken Piers, Warehouse, 2 Trains and 30 Barges Burn". The New York Times. November 4, 1921. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  9. ^ Smith, Ray (January 8, 2012). "Monarch at Shipyard controversy continues". Hudson Reporter. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  10. ^ Diaz, Lana Rose (September 26, 2010). "Walk this way". Hudson Reporter. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  11. ^ Mestanza, Jean-Pierre (September 21, 2010). "Walkway being extended along Weehawken Cove to connect Hoboken and its northern waterfront neighbor". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  12. ^ "1600 Park Avenue Overview". HobokenParks.org.[dead link]
  13. ^ Fedschun, Travis (April 4, 2012), "Hoboken, Weehawken and county officials hail opening of waterfront walkway linking two Hudson towns", The Jersey Journal, retrieved 2012-04-04 

Coordinates: 40°45′23″N 74°01′30″W / 40.756425°N 74.025053°W / 40.756425; -74.025053