A Profile of Riverside ParkPosted 11.13.2015
Riverside Park offers a serene refuge from the din of the city. In many ways, it seems to function as a separate entity entirely, enticing locals to enjoy its expansive vistas and lush landscapes as often as possible. An official scenic landmark of NYC that’s widely known as the city’s quintessential waterfront park, Riverside Park is at its most vibrant in the fall, when its colors shift in ways that seem to match the more mild climate. There is a certain inimitable warmth to the park that comes alive each autumn.
Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted—the man behind Central Park and Prospect Park—and later by a series of other landscape architects, the layout of Riverside Park was formatted so it would feel like a natural extension of all that surrounded it. And while it still feels like such an extension to a degree, it also maintains its healthy detachment.
The Hudson River borders the entire western expanse of Riverside Park, infusing it with a natural, calming energy. This is just one reason why Riverside Park is undeniably one of the best places in New York to visit for some relaxation; as you walk its paths, you will likely pass others who are enjoying a welcome, relaxing respite as well. Furthermore, Riverside Park holds the distinction of being one of the cleanest and most well-maintained parks in the entire city. Staff members go to great lengths to keep every inch of the park’s acreage from 72nd to 158th Streets absolutely pristine.
Beyond its relaxation factor, Riverside Park also offers a daily array of activities and events. Its bike path, which is part of the Waterfront Greenway, provides one of the most beautiful rides in Manhattan. It also extends all the way down to Battery Park for those in the mood for a longer ride. Riverside Park is a popular destination for runners as well, as the breeze off the Hudson keeps the shoreline cool on even the most blistering of summer days.
There are also gorgeous landscaped gardens, basketball courts, baseball fields, a roller hockey court, fitness areas, dog runs, and even a place to rent kayaks and canoes. Public art installations are scattered throughout the park as well, adding a humanistic element to its highly organic aesthetic. Moreover, Riverside Park hosts an array of events for kids as well as musical performances and open-air art exhibitions. On December 12th, it will host “Holiday on the Hudson.” From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the large celebration will feature a tree-lighting ceremony as well as musical performances and various holiday-themed craft stations.
The iconic 270 Riverside Drive is located just across the street. The bright granite and limestone facade of this luxury residential building, originally constructed in 1910, has recently undergone a beautiful restoration. Thanks to other recent updates, 270 Riverside not only exudes the look of classic New York, but now boasts more modern luxuries throughout. While new residents of 270 Riverside will enjoy a stunning mix of old and new at home, they’ll also be able to simply cross the street to visit one of the best parks the city has to offer.