The Meadowlands are smack dab in the middle of one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the country. Despite this fact I spent days out in a canoe and didnt see another person on the water. I wondered where all the fishermen, birders, and even jet skiers had gone. The isolation of the place was amazing.
The stench coming from a waste water treatment plant was unpleasant. Just as smelly is the level of political corruption. One marsh that I visited is now controlled by developers because of a so-called business arrangement that was made in the 1970s. These developers allegedly paid a bribe to local officials for use of the land. And even though the officials eventually went to jail, the developers 99-year rent-free lease is still valid.
There are many weird stories surrounding the Meadowlands. At one time Donald Trump wanted to build a Roman theme park here. There was also talk of erecting some sort of Stonehenge on top of a dump. And one woman proudly informed me that the Tidy Bowl man now lives in Secaucus.