Hudson River Park has done for Manhattan today what Central Park did in the 19th Century. It has added 4.5 miles of park which has opened up the whole western side of Manhattan from 59th Street down to Battery Park along the North River (Hudson River). Central Park provided the heart of NYC, Hudson River Park is now the watery artery which gives Manhattan back it’s riverfront.
Hudson River Park is this magic combination of a recreation space with cycling paths, walkways, children’s playgrounds and tennis and soccer fields among other facilities along with access to rejuvenated piers offering everything from a trapeze school to what will shortly be a fabulous new food court at Pier 57.
It goes through a whole heap of busy downtowna areas including WTC, Tribeca, Greenwich Village and Chelsea up to the Hudson Yards development with it’s soaring new skyscrapers and the newly opened 34th St end of the Highline and then continues uptown.
Of course the North River once housed the piers that were the heart of NYC’s once dominant maritime trade where ships like the Lusitania sailed from and the Titanic was slated to arrive at but never did. Now many of these piers have either already been or are in the process of being redeveloped. There are now 2 huge convention centers just beside the Hudson River Park, there’s the Intrepid Sea-Air Museum and when you arrive right at the north end it runs into Riverside Park.
In the video cyclists talk about their joy in using this park, given that it’s the longest, safest bike trail in the whole City.This is the warm, pulsing heart of New York change, turning derelict areas into areas that then become part of a wonderful experince of living in NYC>