Exploring Peekskill

main street in a usa small town

The traffic is bumper-to-bumper south of Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. A five-minute drive to the first exit for Bear Mountain takes an hour. When we learn the park is closed, due to reaching capacity, we realize we won’t make Oktoberfest.

parked cars
on the highway median
foot traffic

Peekskill’s Downtown Art district consists of a short row of restaurants and Galleries on North and South Division Streets. Fallen, brown leaves litter the sidewalks and street, along with a subtle grime. One grill we enter looks like a Gallery in its own right. But its prices are too high, as is the wine bar next to it.

clear sky
under a gazebo
a couple kiss

The Flatiron Gallery on South Division is in a building designed like its namesake in New York. Narrow hallways lead to studios: some open, some closed. Photographer Bob Pinch has a show of his work. He explains his process to an intrepid photographer. I show Mira one of his Black and Whites—a view of Rockland and Westchester from Perkins memorial.

watercolors
the jewelry
we don’t buy

Greenpoint Park and the Peekskill Landing Gardens by the Hudson—what Mira had in mind by revitalization. The sun, just above the hills, a broad beam across the rippling tide of the Hudson. A faint odor of mulch. Grasses and perennials out of season. The playground Frankie indulges. The trex decks ot on the water. The path through gardens not yet grown to a gazebo and back.

swaying
with the dock
two girls

Photo by Brandon Jean

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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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