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.
I’ve heard this idea floating (pun intended) around for quite sometime now. Similar systems are already integral parts of other transportation networks including:
Now, I don’t want to completely discredit the idea either. The ferries would transport commuters from two fairly affluent neighborhoods, a concept which was recently proven to be successful with Metrorail station boarding statistics. The park and ride idea could also work well given that it doesn’t completely remove vehicular use from the commuter. I think the fare should be split between rides and parking however, to further encourage the reduced costs of carpooling or seeking alternative forms of arriving at the departure marinas. The commuter ferry should be a driving force for the city to vastly improve all of our waterfront space. Rather than creating a terminal by
There are serious hurdles which need to be overcome, none of which can be solved by just the MPO or any other single branch of local government. In order to make our transit options successful we need to work to centralize our city while making commuting options as comfortable, seamless, and attractive as possible.
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