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.
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.