Stealth, guile, cunning and death; this is the way of the ninja.
As you gear up for an extra-long 4th of July weekend, consider a beach escape to Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Long Island, or—gasp—New Jersey. Pack a playlist full of Springsteen and take NJ Transit (with a changeover at Long Branch) 111 minutes to Asbury, home of a revitalized boardwalk, classic rock at the Stone Pony, a growing foodie scene, and the brand-new Asbury Hotel with its very buzzy rooftop bar (locals love it).
Sandy Hook, a Gateway National Park at the northern tip of the Jersey Shore, has something for everyone: wide, sandy beaches manned by an army of lifeguards; fishing and nature walks; history (the oldest operating lighthouse in the U. is more than 250 years old); and the ever-popular nude beach Gunnison.
It’s a 45-minute ride on the Seastreak ferry from downtown Manhattan to the beach, with views of the city skyline the whole way.
Croesus of Lydia was the first king to separate the electrum to issue gold and silver coins circa 545 BCE. Darios I of Persia issued his own gold and silver coinage ca 510 BCE.
Coinage spread quickly in the early fifth century BCE through the Greek city states.
Urban beaches don't have to be concrete slabs overlooking a river.