I was thinking about what type of activity could Highlands possibly have that could attract people in the non-summer months? (Besides the bars) Then I had talked to some people that visited the new Middletown ice rink over the holidays and said it was packed.
So then I thought, how many outside ice rinks are there in NJ? There are two, one in Jersey City that boasts “Romantic Views of NYC” and another one is Glassboro that just opened in November 2013. The South Jersey one boasts a nearby fire pit and little chalets to buy sweaters, scarves, mittens etc.
Outside rinks can be pretty easy to construct and maintain. You could take advantage of the local NJ Youth Hockey leagues and give them a place to practice. You boast views of NYC but views of the water. You could open the door for vendors/businesses to have concession stands with hot chocolate, maybe Kranky’s could branch out into ice skate rentals as well as bikes. Sasha’s could have “Highlands” sweaters, scarves and hats”.(Actually having some stuffed harbor seals might work too.) It would give the local B&B’s another reason to have the NY’ers come down for a weekend in the winter.
And just like NY’s Rockefeller center has the statue of Atlas, we could have the twin light statues.
But I have a strange feeling that Bay Ave wouldn’t be zoned for Ice Skating..