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Riverside Park Manhattan

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Riverside Park
475 Riverside Drive/Suite 455
Manhattan
NY
10115
Tel: (212) 870-3070

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Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community activists, today Riverside Park Fund is a strong nonprofit partner with both the City and the community.

Listed from south to north, the following is a sampling of Riverside Park features to explore and enjoy.

Pier I - 70th Street at the Hudson River Pier I and most of Riverside Park South were originally part of the abandoned Penn Central railyard between 59th and 72nd Streets. Reconstructed to its original length of 795 feet, the pier has been narrowed considerably and is now only about 55 feet at its widest part where it once was wide enough to fit four parallel railroad tracks.

96th Street Clay Tennis Courts - at the Hudson River

In the early 90s, hundreds of RCTA volunteers spent thousands of hours replacing the old dirt with tons of new, red clay, transforming the courts into the magnificent public, red-clay facility that exists today.

Riverside Park Skate Park - 109th Street, lower level of the Park

The Riverside Park Skate Park, opened in 1995, was New York City’s first skate park and was built specifically to appeal to adolescents. The skate park features various skating surfaces, including two half-pipes, and other ramps and rails. The park is open Thursday – Monday from May through October.

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    Riverside park is sloped down, terrace like park overlooking Hudson river and New Jersey. Due to a lot of noise from the Parkway below, it may not be the best park to be alone with your thoughts, but on a sunny day it is great for walking, jogging or riding a bicycle. Picnic with a company is great activity for this park. There are various concerts happening during the summer usually on weekends. Not a lot of buskers and definitely not a lot people who are intercepting you trying out sell you candies or whatever. No food vendors as well. The architecture...Read More

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    Great park for a run or other activities along the river. While running the length of the park I encountered picnics, fisherman, and plenty of bikers. Be careful on the paths with crazed bikers, but overall a great park for outdoor activities. Beautiful views of the river and into NJ as well.

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    I love that place because it is soo nice and i think i will visit one day soon.

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    A great get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A sure way to get a few moments of peace and scenery. I love it!

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    Good place to go by yourself or with a group of friend or family. Fine place to read a book or have a picnic; there is a nice trail to jog or have a Stoll. There is a fantastic view of the river and Jersey. It"s also, the perfect place to just do nothing and relax and, get some fresh air.

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by Vladimir Jovanovic

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Riverside park is sloped down, terrace like park overlooking Hudson river and New Jersey. Due to a lot of noise from the Parkway below, it may not be the best park to be alone with your thoughts, but on a sunny day it is great for walking, jogging or riding a bicycle. Picnic with a company is great activity for this park. There are various concerts happening during the summer usually on weekends. Not a lot of buskers and definitely not a lot people who are intercepting you trying out sell you candies or whatever. No food vendors as well. The architecture of the buildings on West End avenue is beautiful and ads to overall experience here. There are tennis courts as well.

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