I spent the better part of this long weekend wandering through the many parks of New York City.  The weekend weather was absolutely perfect to spend the whole day in a park and as you’ll see from the pictures below - I wasn’t the only one who thought so.  Now, I know I’ve said this before but, Miami could learn a lot from these cities.  New York’s ever growing park infrastructure is absolutely amazing.  Over the weekend, I wandered through Central, Union Square, Washington Square, and most importantly: the new Hudson River Parkway and Hoboken’s Pier A Park.  NYC and Hoboken have rejuvenated their waterfront with quality design and infrastructure, enabling access to the vast open space along the shores.  There certainly is not a valid reason why our Waterfront parks and river greenway shouldn’t be able to emulate the success of these great public spaces.  A brief walk through of either of these two linear riverside parks will reveal why they too will become great public spaces - accessible green space, limited concrete, varied structured and unstructured activity spaces, and multimodal connectivity…

We began the day Saturday with an obligatory trip into Central Park.  This was the scene pretty much throughout the park.  The park offered us a great escape from the crowds we had just walked through in Midtown - it seemed like the other half of the city had flocked to Central Park.

This was the scene at Hoboken’s Pier A, just across the Hudson River from NYC’s Hudson River Parkway.

This whole park is built upon a pier and provides some great open space in which to enjoy the panoramic views of Manhattan.  It reminded a lot of Brooklyn Bridge Park on the opposite side of Manhattan…

Like the Hudson River Parkway, New Jersey is working to connect their entire waterfront park system with bicycle paths - creating safe, healthy, and clean ways for residents to access the waterfront, transit, and Business Districts.

Shade.  If there had’t been a nice cool breeze, I’m sure we would have seen more people enjoying this area.

Being the transit junkie that I am, I just had to go for a ride on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail.  These trains are fast, efficient, quiet, and a wonderful way to commute through Jersey.

4 Responses to Addressing Waterfront Open Space

  1. Johnny says:

    I currently live in New York City and at times the chaos and madness of the city can be extremely annoying. However, when you have places Central Park to escape to…it’s almost another world in there. Trees, ponds, rocks, hills, did I mention trees? These parks are great open spaces and every city needs one. I think Miami’s waterfront has great potential. If only we could get some decent city planners and county commissioners to help our city out.


  2. Collin says:

    Just curious, is there any plan in NYC to make the Brooklyn side of the East river any nicer? I saw tons of large scale condo projects taking place over there, but when I walked along the river, I was wildly unimpressed. The area is so nice I’d love to see the waterfront improved over there.


  3. mike lydon says:

    Miami just received the dubious distinction in Planning Magazine as one of America’s worst cities for maintaining park space. That is, we build over it and neglect the rest of it.


  4. Reznik Group says:

    Nice photo! I think this place is the best place in the world.


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