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Riverside Park

Attractions, Parks and gardens Upper West Side Free
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This scenic four-mile waterfront park extends from 72nd to 158th Streets along the Hudson River in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Facilities include sport courts, a skate park, bike paths on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway and a public marina at 79th Street. Fans of You’ve Got Mail will recall that the promenade at 91st Street is the spot where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan finally revealed their true identities.


Venue name: Riverside Park
Address: Riverside Dr between 72nd and 158th Sts
New York
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St; 1 to 157th St
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Riverside Park is a nice alternative to Central Park. The park is long and runs along the upper west side. There are beautiful water views and unique public art throughout the park. Be sure to stop by the boat basin for a drink as you walk through the park. The park is a great location to have a picnic or go for a run.

This park is one of my favorites in the city, and also a lovely conclusion to a bike ride up the Hudson Greenway. Awesome views of the water and a wide, tree-shaded path with lots of benches makes this park the perfect reprieve. I've never eat en at the boat basin, but there's another bar inside the park. It's not exactly top-notch: the beer/wine list isn't great, and the food is poor pub food, but the fact that you get to lounge and eat on the cheap while scanning the Hudson is a huge bonus.

This park is great for a nice stroll or for bikes. There are always lots of bike riders, so there are separate lanes for them which makes it easy to walk around without always being in someone's way. They have lots of different grassy areas which usually aren't crowded. It's easy to get a good, quiet spot! There are also several tennis courts and basketball courts along the way. The views of the river are, of course, great. There are also several restaurants along the way such as Pier i and the Boat Basin which are good in case you get hungry :)