Photo by myself of Riverside Park, from the West Side Highway.
Riverside Park runs along the west edge of Manhattan and overlooks the Hudson River. The park spans more than 100 blocks, from around 120th Street to Battery Park City. It's perfect for runners and cyclists.
Across the Hudson lies New Jersey. The tall buildings are in Jersey City, a major hub. Jersey City is relatively convenient to Manhattan via bus or train.
No, no, don't worry, this is not another post about exercise and geometry. Mark and I drove down the West Side Highway the other day at the right time. It was beautiful.
Whoever named the West Side Highway, meant it. The multi-laned high speed road on the west side whips around curves and exits every so often. You can get out at 42nd Street and 79th Street, but pay attention! The exits zip by.
On the east side, there's the FDR, or Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive. Both roads are not for the cowardly. You compete with aggressive taxis and veteran New Yorkers like Mark, who do not take kindly to newcomers. However, if you want to get up or down the island in a snap, it's a great way to go.
Related posts: Sunset Views, Subway Sunsets - On the Ride Home and City Portraits - Shelter Island.