I’m always a little aggravated when people say “I can’t believe people raise children in New York City, it’s so dangerous”. Granted, I don’t want to have children (I knew this since I was 13 years old), but I get a little upset that someone is bad mouthing my city. Especially since it comes out of ignorance and fear.
New York is an amazing city. Not just for business people, but also for singles (unless you’re a single woman, since 53% of the population is female which puts you at a disadvantage), and for families with AND without children. parques de NYC son una de las razones que hacen de Nueva York una buena ciudad durante tantos tipos de personas, and Riverside is one of my all time favorites.
REASONS TO LOVE RIVERSIDE PARK
It’s huge: According to the NYC Parks website, Riverside spans 4 miles starting at 72nd Street all the way to 158th Street and covers 323 acres. He re-trazado del parque para mi gusto. For me, it goes all the way from 158th Street to the Financial district (this is considered the Hudson River Greenway). I love to get on my bike and drive all the way downtown, have a nice caloric meal, and bike back up to burn the calories.
The site where Riverside Park is situated was once made up of glaciers and rocky areas. Before the initial European migration, it was barely populated by Native Americans. In 1846 it got its first railroad, and by 1854 there was already talk of adding a scenic drive. The park was commissioned in 1873, and it took a little over 25 años para llegar al parque inicial se estableció. El parque fue inspirado por el estilo pastoral Inglés, it had a retaining wall and paths for walking.
Lugares de interes en Riverside Park
79th Street Boat Basin
Aquí es donde todo el mundo que es más rica de lo que soy mantiene sus barcos. It is also home to the Boat Basin Cafe, a great spot to hang out in the Summer. The food is not so great, and the drinks are meh, pero no vas allí para este. Vas, ya que puede traer a su perro, get together with friends, and check out the view. La rotonda fue un encargo de Robert Moses para la firma McKim, Mead and White.
To me, this garden just shows the beauty of New Yorkers. The garden is maintained by volunteers, and I enjoy its beauty on a daily basis. The garden was started in 1977, and it is full of flowers such as tulips, irises, and roses.
(Riverside Drive and West 72nd Street) This is a fairly new addition to the park. Eleanor joined us in 1996 y es obra del escultor Penélope Jencks. Each time I walk past Eleanor, I feel a sense of calm, de tranquilidad. Eleanor es el primer monumento encargado por la ciudad de Nueva York para una mujer estadounidense y la primera estatua de una mujer estadounidense en la ciudad de Nueva York que fue diseñado para ser un monumento público.
(Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street) This biggest mausoleum in the US is the final resting place of President Ulysses Simpson Grant who is kept company by his wife, Julia.
Joan of Arc Statue
(Riverside Drive and West 93rd Street) If you’ve ever taken an art history class, usted sabrá que las estatuas ecuestres se dejaron durante sólo los guerreros más admiradas. This is the case in Anna Hyatts’ Joan of Arc. Hyatt engendered Joan while in Paris. The sculpture was so successful that replicas were erected in Blois.
Riverside Park South
(Riverside Park bet 72nd & 59th St). This is my hood. Me encontrarás en el Muelle I Cafe al menos 3 times a week, sipping on wine and watching the sunset. Antonio plays basketball every Saturday with his Meetup League (there are 3 basketball courts). If basketball is not your thing, you can play handball, soccer, and even baseball. Over at Pier I, there are lots of activities including concerts, movies, and more.
Robert Ray Hamilton Fountain
I had always wondered what this gorgeous sculpture was. Turns out it was a watering hole for horses designed by Warren and Wetmore. It is actually the only decorative horse watering through that still exists in NYC. As horse traffic declined, the city got rid of these. I wish there were more, they could have easily converted them for puppy use.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
(Riverside Drive & 89th Street) This gorgeous neoclassical temple-like monument by Charles and Arthur Stoughton was built for Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War. Fue inspirado por la linterna de lisícrates en Atenas y cuenta con columnas corintias. If you make it here, look accross the street. There are some gorgeous homes on Riverside Drive.
(Riverside Park & 69th Street) This ruin was a part of the West Side Line of the NY Central Railroad. It served as a spot for transfering of railroad cars from Weehawken Yards. It was no longer used and was almost demolished, but it is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and makes for a gorgeous view.
Lugares para comer en el parque de la orilla
No existenincreíble places along Riverside Park. Siempre estoy deseando Danny Meyer se haría cargo de los espacios y nos conectar con un poco de Shake Casetas. Until then, these will do. The food is not bad, es simplemente no es genial. But what they lack in food, they make up with gorgeous views.
Si comes allí, I recommend the burger, and the corn (delish). Skip on the edamame. They have wine and beer. Get there early, this place gets packed. Normalmente estoy allí a las 16:00 de lunes a viernes de trabajo en mi portátil Almacenamiento de una mesa para mi grupo de amigos. This restaurant is very family friendly. Vas a ver los cachorros y los cochecitos de todo el mundo. They sell pastries and coffee in the am (if they sold eggs, I’d be there every morning).
(Riverside Park & 79th Street) Slightly more “fratty”. This is a really good spot for bachelorette parties. They carry food, wine, beer, and cocktails.
(Riverside Park & W 103rd Street)
(12th Ave & 44th Street) I don’t frequent this spot. It tends to be too touristy and there are just too many good spots in NYC. But if you happen to be in the area, you can grab wings, chicken fingers, and a beer.
Cosas que hacer en Riverside Park
I mentioned the basketball courts, the baseball field, and a few goodies the park has to offer on a daily basis. Hay mucho más que Riverside Park ofrece. Take for example”
Si eres lo suficientemente valiente como para correr el riesgo de las aguas del Hudson, you can Kayak for free on Sundays.
There are concerts all Summer long at different venues in the park. Free music is always a win.
Each year, hay un nuevo calendario para la libre Tai Chi en el parque
Se encontrará con actuaciones improvisadas a los soldados y monumento de los marineros.
Each year on Riverside Park there are art installations for each season. Currently, the League de Nueva York del arte de los estudiantes has taken over and the exhibits are gorgeous. On this post there are images from the 2013 and 2013 installations.
Artworks include (This was the 2013 list – 2014 images are up and descriptors will be up shortly).
- Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz – Preservation a Wonderful Life: The ball and chain made up of the memorial plaques people can purchase in honor of loved ones to put on park benches. This piece makes me feel melancholy for those I lost, and thankful that there are ways to remember them. Its shape as a ball and chain also serves to remind this viewer that although the dead should be remembered, that we can be weighed down by their memories. It serves as a reminder and warning.
- Reina Kubota – Ringu – I like to call it the NYC engagement ring. This sculpture is exactly what I love to see in a space like Riverside park. It is colorful, playful, y tiene un elemento de arte pop de Andy Warhol. The gem in the ring has been replaced with a red apple (NYC) of which someone has taken a bite. We love New York, display our city with pride and take a bite out of it all at once. This is one of the most used pieces at the park. He visto personas que toman fotos de compromiso, little kids playing on its steps. This piece is exciting.
- Anna Kuchel Rabinowitz – Preservation: High and Dry: That’s the little boy holding the paper airplane.
- John Erianne – A Frolicking Stray (Aluminum): The ballet dancer, I love that she is in Riverside park, just a short walk away from Lincoln Center.
- Sherwin Banfield – Transitions Through Triathlon: An athletic group that looks as if they are about to start their events in the Olympics.
- Beñat Iglesias Lopez – The Bathers (Winterstone and steel): An eerie group that looks as if they have just come ashore after a boat has sunk into sea. They have red noses, tired eyes, and some wear either towels or life preservers.
- Anne Stanner – Wave: A metal wave with frolicking fish.
- Elizabeth Allison – River Gazers (Plaster) : This pair reminds me of fleshier Giacometti sculptures. The couple stares at the Hudson River with solemn expressions.
- Selva Sanjines – Flight, from Past to Future (Aluminum & cast stone): One can’t help but think of Brancusi’s Bird in Space. aves de Sanjine son mucho menos abstracta y muy apropiado cuando se acompañan de los rebaños sin fin de gansos canadienses que frecuentan Riverside.
- Olga Rudenko – Existence Within: This is a set of Matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls). They sat away from each other. Uno tomó un asiento en uno de los bancos del parque. She was colorful, bright, fleshy. The other was more of a skeleton, it looked as if the original had been melted down or rusted.
- Sequoyah Aono – Watching Upon the Present (Marble, Aluminum, Steel): This seated woman definitely makes you stop and think. There was something unexpectedly uncomfortable about her. Her reclining pose initially made me feel as if she was just a woman sitting in the park enjoying her day. Upon closer inspection, she has a frown on her face and seems to be troubled by her thoughts. Her panties also peek out under her skirt which creates a feeling of voyeurism since she appears to be completely occupied by her thoughts.
- Morito Yasumitsu – Spirit (bonded bronze, ceramic, steel): She so reminds me of a Rococo female nude. Unlike our photoshopped ideal images of the nude, this sculpture, while idealized, still has flaws.This woman has never gone to the gym, yet she is beautiful. She stands in a pose that would be impossible to hold for too long.
- Sitting areas: There are plenty of areas to sit back, relax, picnic, and have fun.
- Birding: No soy un observador de aves, but I think I soon will be one. I find myself googling birds on a daily basis. And I love my baby hawks.
¿Cómo llegar a Riverside Park
Estoy asumiendo que ya estás en Nueva York.
Subway: Take the 1/2/3/B/C train to 72nd Street. Walk West towards the water until you hit the park. You can get off at numerous other spots, but this one will do.
Bus: Lots of buses go to Riverside: M4, M5, M50, M57, M66, M72, M79, M87, M96, M116. Walk towards the Hudson River. Buses are nice because you get to see the city, but they take forever. I recommend the subway.
By Car: Take Riverside Drive, get off at 72nd or an exit above. This will increase your chances of finding parking.
Riverside Park está situado en el Upper West Side de Nueva York