That shot is about 40 miles SW of NYC, the galactic core barely gets above horizon, but the entirety of it will show through the night during the summer. I'm eventually going to learn how to shoot landscapes with it in a longer focal length, maybe around 50mm. I want to combine this with portrait photography and bring models to shoot with the galactic core as a background. I'm envious of the low light pollution you get, I have to drive 50 miles before I can even get a decent shot of it. The people up north get the Aurora, I never seen that with my own eyes, so it's not all bad for you.
New Jersey clearly has an agenda against people using their public grounds after sunset, since about 90% of all those places have no parking access after sunset.