Photo by myself, from the Hudson River.
Another photo from my recent boat ride.
The Trump towers on the Upper West Side along the West Side Highway form a virtual wall. These are upscale apartment towers.
Unlike the above photo, the majority of the Manhattan waterfront is not built up at all. Mass transportation here is centralized. For a pedestrian to get to the water's edge it takes some walking.
Someone living on East End Avenue on the Upper East Side, for instance, has to walk several long blocks to catch the subway on Lexington Avenue. It is no fun in the winter. The alternative is to take the crosstown bus.
The FDR and West Side Highways run along the east and west sides, respectively. You can see the West Side Highway, above, raised up on columns. The drive along this stretch is dramatic, since you're racing at the base of these towers.
For a closer view of the Trump Towers, click here.
Related posts: The Towers, near Riverside Park, Something Old, Something New and On the West Side Highway.