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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Something Old, Something New

Train tressle, Riverside Park, NYC
Photo by myself in Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side.

Here's another photo from my visit to Riverside Park this weekend. An abandoned structure just off shore looks very mysterious. It turns out that the area between 59th to 72nd Street was once a rail yard. The elevated structure is part of the West Side Highway, which runs the length of Manhattan.

Like most public spaces New York, Riverside Park was run down and dangerous in the 1980's. Since then, the city and volunteers have worked together to rehabilitate the park into a thriving destination.

There are ball fields, free tennis courts, basketball courts, community flower beds, and running tracks. Separate lanes keep cyclists and rollerbladers clear of pedestrians.

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A series of residential towers called 'Trump Place' line the edge of the water. The apartments and condominiums have great views of New Jersey and the Hudson River, but the buildings are rather monotonous.

For more about Riverside Park, click here.

Related posts: Along the West Bank, It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Living in Style on Riverside Drive.

10 comments:

Olivier said...

les deux donnent une superbe photo ;o)

spandrel studios said...

In their monotony, those buildings look like a child's drawing of a city skyline.

But nicely captured in your photo!

roentarre said...

The texture and the contrast are stellar in deed!

magiceye said...

beautiful

James said...

Great photo!

Ken Mac said...

monotonous is right. Large gold structures that kill the view for residents less unable/unwilling to spend millions on Trump's ego. But the old piers like the collapsing one you feature, reveal the city's more humane maritime past.

Lily Hydrangea said...

ken Mac, so true.
well done photo miss kitty.

Will Hennessy said...

nice photo...the buildings sort of look like they're built with lego blocks ;o)

Bryan said...

On Friday, April 10, 2009 at 03:25 Eastern Time, instead of a photo there was a message: "This photo is currently unavailable - Flickr"

Thanks for the great blog. I look forward to your photos each day.

• Eliane • said...

And you are in my 'hood again. ;)
I absolutely love that old carcasse. It almost looks like a sculpture. So glad it is still standing there.

Trump Plase is quite an eyesore, It is so generic, a total lack of imagination.