Hudson River Park

July 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Christopher Street Pier, Hudson River Park - Photo: Hubert J. Steed, Pbase.com

When it comes to New York City’s green spaces, Central Park gets most of the attention.  Given its size, not to mention its history and the number of events taking place on a daily basis, this is understandable.  However, once you make your way past the “grande dame” of NYC parks, you’ll find there are many others that, while smaller in scale, boast their own charms – Riverside Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, The High Line.

I recently made my first visit to another one of these, the newly rejuvenated and expanded Hudson River Park.  Trust me, if you’ve not been, you’ve got to go.

Running along the Hudson, between Battery Park in lower Manhattan and West 59th Street, the park and estuarine sanctuary covers 550 acres and offers a wide range of sites, activities, and flora and fauna.  Joggers and cyclists get their daily fix, to be sure, but there’s more.  There are basketball courts, tennis courts, and dog runs, not to mention snack stands, places to get a tan, and spots to go kayaking.  There’s the Chelsea Waterslide, the Chelsea Piers, and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  In other words, there truly is something for everyone.

Hop on one of the cross-town buses and make a day of it.  The Hudson River Park beckons on hot, steamy summer days … days just like today, actually.

Enjoy!

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