Farewell to the Claddagh

Another beloved institution to its locale has bitten the dust. Demolition began a few days ago and continues today on the Claddagh, an Irish pub in Highlands, NJ. I only visited there once, probably four or five years ago, but it was a cool place and I enjoyed driving past it seeing a little piece…

A Seastreak Voyage to Cold Spring, New York

After going with a friend herself last year, my mom wanted to gift Justin and I tickets aboard the Seastreak for their fall foliage cruise to Cold Spring, New York. The three of us took the journey this past weekend. It was my first time aboard the Seastreak, which departed from Highlands. I was impressed…

Photo of the Day: June 28, 2018

A picnic at Popamora Point in Highlands along the Henry Hudson Trail. Perfect spot, but not-so-perfect subs. Quick Chek has always been passable to me. People rave about Wawa subs, but they ain’t so great either.

Photo of the Day: June 9, 2018

I am up at Twin Lights in Highlands several times a year for work, but rarely do I actually go there and enjoy the sights.

Restaurant Review: Water Witch Coffee (Highlands, NJ)

It was really the perfect day when I think about it. I worked out on Sandy Hook with an awesome group of fourth graders on a beautiful morning, and then ended the day grabbing lunch at this nifty little spot. I had driven past the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Company numerous times. I’ve known…

Photo of the Day: May 1, 2018

I feel like I take a picture every time I see one of these, because such sightings are so few and far between. Taken at Off the Hook in Highlands.

Restaurant Review: Off the Hook (Highlands, NJ)

Long before Guy Fieri was blathering the phrase “Off the hook!”, there was the restaurant Off the Hook which is, in self-explanatory fashion, located just feet from Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area. Admittedly, I had driven past this restaurant hundreds of times over the years. Each time, I would glance up at…

Photo of the Day: February 9, 2018

Some buildings of the Fort Hancock Historic Site out on Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It may look nice and peaceful, but the temperature was brutally cold. This was a day after the “bomb cyclone” storm hit our area early last month. My friend and I headed down there to shoot some footage for Ghosts on…

Photo of the Day: September 8, 2017

A view from inside one of the towers of the Twin Lights Lighthouse in Highlands, New Jersey. There was a storm brewing as I made my way up and down giving tours and history talks to school groups as part of my work with Brookdale’s Ocean Institute program. It’s a lot of fun, but I…

Restaurant Review: Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits (Keyport, NJ)

Yes, the name of this restaurant has a plus-sign in the title. I guess the word “and” was not hipster enough. Anyway, as you read this review of Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits, you might get the feeling that I did not like the place. Actually, that was not the case. We both enjoyed it somewhat,…