I can’t think of an urban park I admire more than Hudson River Park running south from Chelsea all the way to the bottom of Manhattan Island. The features vary; it’s not a single design. Some of the piers have been renovated, but each differently. The gardens are gorgeous, each one surrounded by a distinct fence or rail or set of posts. People set out blankets and picnics on the grass. They kayak (for free). They jog and bike and skate. They sit on benches reading and looking out at Ellis Island. Especially in the section that forms the western edge of Greenwich Village, the people using the park could not possibly be more diverse, and everyone seems so at home. Here are some views I caught while walking about five miles down and back up the promenade on a cool sunny Sunday.
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