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“Bike riding in the New York City wilderness”
Review of Riverside Park

Riverside Park
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Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour
Ranked #70 of 1,115 things to do in New York City
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

You'll never forget your bike ride along the Hudson River greenway. They've built a safe bike path running all the way along the western shore of Manhattan. It's about 12 miles from Battery Park (24 round trip) or about 6 miles from the NY Waterway terminal in mid town (12 miles round trip).

We used to like to park our car in NJ and take the NY Waterway Ferry over, but with the Ferry now costing about $10 each way (including an extra $ for the bike), we've gotten used to taking the Staten Island Ferry instead. The pedestrian path is right there outside of the terminal building. For much of it, there's a walking lane and two bike lanes, one for each direction. It's a totally flat ride, and there are stoplights wherever traffic has to cross the path. So it's safe and fun. If you don't have a bike, there are ample places to pick up a ride.

From midtown, we usually ride north up past the Aircraft Carier and the huge ocean liners, and within a couple of miles you're out of the site of traffic on a secluded path that could almost be in the country. It's deep in the park with hardly a view of New York's skyline or traffic. Well, you and a bunch of other people. It does get crowded. But it's well worth it. We almost always continue all the way up to the George Washington Bridge to gawk at the tiny Little Red Lighthouse. Then we come back down and stop at the 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe. It's a great informal dining spot, and is sometimes listed as one of the top scenic places to eat in New York.

Then we head back down the path - back within view of the big city and larger crowds as well. The further south you go, the more people use this park.

You'll find restrooms at the Ferry Terminals and also way up at the north end of the park almost under the GW bridge. There are also portable commodes at various spots along the path.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Riverside Park begins at the northern end of Hudson River Park, & extends along the Upper West Side through Harlem. Especially the southern stretches are pleasant, with beautiful gardening, interesting modern sculptures, & fine views of the George Washington Bridge & over to New Jersey. The drawback is that further north, it is often difficult to find ways to get from the narrow riverside trail to the wider park in the middle of the slope, or vice versa. Along the park is also interesting architecture, e.g. the General Grant National Monument & the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. In general, it's worth taking the time to explore the Upper West Side more thoroughly, preferably with the architectural book AAA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Riverside Park goes to 159th, but friends and I often start at 110th, near Columbia and head south. You get three different perspectives. You can walk parallel to the park along Riverside Drive, with its many old stately buidlings and townhomes, descend a few feet into the park and enjoy the various playing fields and gardens, or go all the way down to the riverside promenade, often surprisingly peaceful in this bustling city. There's a cafe for drinks in the 90s, another in the 77s cafe with view of the marina (where some people live on their boats year round), free kayaking in the 60s and a third riverside cafe around 60th street near a long pier hat extends way into the river.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Rent a bike and ride from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge. In the middle is Riverside Park and that is a wonderful 20-some block span of city life. Plan to make it a day, there are great stops along the route. You'll see pleasure boats, you'll pass Chelsea Piers, you'll see The Intrepid, and a few other stops for ships and boats in the various slips on the Hudson River. When you hit Riverside Park you'll find places to eat (in the summer) at 70th Street and then again at 79th Street Boat Basin. You can walk or ride up into the Park at 72nd Street. There is a dog run (only a New Yorker and a dog lover can appreciate a cordoned off spot for dogs to play and pee off leash!) The gardens and the small parks and playgrounds are dotted along the route and give you a great flavor or city life for its residents. It's a great flat route for runners (with water spots along the way.)

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Riverside Park on the extreme west side of Manhattan is a great place to relax on the lawns, toss a ball or a Frisbee, grab a bite at the Hudson Cafe or exercise your dog at the 105 St Dog Park. There is a long promenade for strolling or jogging. Hearty souls can follow the path down to the Green-way where they can join cyclists, joggers and skaters as they roll along the side of the magnificent Hudson River.
Adjacent to the Green way there are clay courts for tennis, partitioned areas for volley ball, gymnastics, and even an area that appears to be dedicated to Tai Chi. There are public restrooms and water fountains and lots of benches facing the river and on the promenade. The park is also host to many free concerts. I was even able to see the Fourth of July Fireworks from one of the paths.
If you need a bite, the Hudson Cafe has small plates and reasonably priced drinks. The are open only on the weekends in the fall.
The park has wonderful trees and grassy areas. It is also very clean.
I visit every day, and I bet you would enjoy it also.

2  Thank Thea C
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