Hudson River Parks

I’m so happy that the city is able to turn unused space into newly minted parks. The Hudson River Parks along the west side of the island is just one great example. Many of the abandoned piers are now green space for lounging and picnicking. While the parks are still a work in progress in some places, there are plenty of existing ones to choose from, stretching from West Houston St all the way to West 56th St. The following are two personal favorites of mine – Pier 45 off of West 10th St and Pier 63 off of West 23rd St.

Pier 45 has a long stretch of lawn and is dotted by trees.  There’s a tent space at the end of it for events.

Hudson River Parks

Hudson River Parks

Because this pier juts out pretty far into the water, you get a good view of the Manhattan skyline from here. It’s even more beautiful at sunset.

Hudson River Parks

If you choose to walk uptown towards Pier 63, you will pass some interesting relics. You also might glimpse some ducks or geese.

Hudson River Parks

Hudson River Parks

Located next to Chelsea Piers, Pier 63 has both an outdoor cafe setting with lots of flowers and bushes and a large lawn that’s perfect for a picnic.  The trade-off is that it doesn’t stretch out into the water compared to the other piers, so the view isn’t quite as impressive.

Hudson River Parks

Hudson River Parks

Since the parks are right along the Hudson, you will want to take the A, C, or E if you’re aiming for one of the parks above 14th St. Take the 1 if you’re headed to a park below 14th St. To see all the parks that are finished and those that are still in progress, click here.  There are a ton of free concerts, movies, and other events that take place at the parks during the summer.  For a list of current events, click here.

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