Manhattan's Beloved Treasure: Riverside Park (LOCALISM FEATURED)

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Riverside Park stretches over four miles along the Hudson River from 62nd to 158th Streets, the 330 acres of Riverside Park provide recreation and relaxation for a uniquely diverse population.

Riverside Park/Riverside Drive

Riverside Park is widely regarded as Manhattan's most spectacular waterfront park. As one of only 10 officially designated scenic landmarks in the City of New York, it has a long and storied history.

Riverside Park/ Bike Trails

Rugged bluffs and rocky outcroppings created through prehistoric glacial deposits once descended directly to the Hudson River shore. They were densely wooded until 1846, when the Hudson River Railroad cut through the forested hillside.

Riverside Park/ Dog Run

Today it is enjoyed by all through it's many playgrounds, bike paths and dog runs.

Riverside Park/Playground

In 1865 a scenic drive and park was built on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The development of the park encouraged the construction of mansions along the drive. Monuments placed along the drive during this era included Grant's Tomb (1897), Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (1902), Firemen's Memorial (1913), and Joan of Arc (1915).

Riverside Park/Soldiers and Sailors

In 2000, seven acres of land stretching from 68th to 72nd Streets was added to Riverside Park, called Riverside Park South. This section of the park now known as the Joe DiMaggio Highway, and Trump Place (the site's developers).

Riverside Park/Trump Place

Riverside Park South includes a soccer field, three basketball courts, and a public pier extending 750 feet into the Hudson River.

At 79th Street is The Boat Basin and The Rotunda a hidden Manhattan treasure that many New Yorkers enjoy once they discover the hidden treasure below the west side highway.

Riverside Park/ Rotunda

Recreational facilities include a range of sports courts and fields, a skate park, a large portion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (for bicycles), and the 110-slip public marina at 79th street, The 79th street Boat basin an important part of New York State's Water Trail.

79th Street Boaty basin

For more information events and schedules NYC Parks and Recreation


Photos Courtesy of:

Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group Real Estate

I make buying and selling Real Estate pleasant and stress free...Just like a walk in the Park!


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Comments (25)

Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Mitchell - you've done a wonderful job sharing the "feel" of this park - thank you!

Jul 21, 2008 10:27 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC


New York has some wonderful green spaces---surely appreciated by the residents.  Enjoyed your photos.

Jul 21, 2008 11:52 PM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Using such wonderful photos is such a great way to give readers/home buyers a really good idea of just how beautiful it is.  Well done!

Jul 22, 2008 12:13 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

It's been several years since I have visited New York.  Thanks for the tour.   The pictures are great. 

Jul 22, 2008 01:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Mitchell - what a wonderful Localism post and well deserved feature. I love Riverside park. Was only there one time years ago but it still sticks in my memory. You have truly brought it to life for those who know it and those who don't.


Jul 22, 2008 01:21 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Penny, Thank you

Diane, Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment

Diane, Thank you. I took these pictures before my camera broke. lol. Now I'm using my i-phone.

Joan, Thanks. It's time for you to come visit us.

Jeff, Thanks, I sold an apatrtment to a couple a few years ago. I recently ran in to them and they were raving about Riverside Park. They just discovered the boat house cafe.


Jul 22, 2008 02:15 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Mitchell, I "discovered" Riverside Park last year when my son graduated from Columbia.  Not much time to explore it on that over-scheduled weekend, but it's on my list when I return.   Your photos capture the flavor of one of NYC's undiscovered treasures.

Jul 22, 2008 03:40 AM
Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Mitchell, well deserved. everytime I drive thru, I just shake my head in disbelief. You see the most amazing structures, walls, park, etc. thanks.

Jul 22, 2008 05:47 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mitchell, what wonderful pictures of a NY favorite of mine.  My first apartement in NY was on Riverside Drive and 105th.  Of course, it had a view of the air shaft, not the park, and I spent a lot of time outdoors. 

Jul 22, 2008 06:26 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Mitchell, what a great post and the photos are very well done.  Nice job.

Jul 22, 2008 10:20 AM
Marilyn Katz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - Westport, CT
ABR, e-PRO -

Mitchell-  Nice Localism post.  Most people don't realize how much park and scenic watefront property there is, in Manhattan.

Jul 22, 2008 11:20 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Norma, Thank you. Everyone knows Central Park but Riverside Park is mostly for westsiders. Congratulations Columbia is a great school.

Peter, Thanks, there are amazing structures and sights.

Pat, By any chance did you live at 325 Riverside Drive? Many pre-war buildings have air shafts. Usually out the kitchen window.

Gary, Thank you. I appreciate your feed back.

Marilyn, Thank you. It's so true, most people don't realize it because of all the skyscrapers but Manhattan is an island totally surrounded by water with many scenic parks. 



Jul 22, 2008 11:22 AM
Kaye Thomas
Real Estate West - Manhattan Beach, CA
e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA

Mitchell- Wow .. what a lovely neighborhood.. with prices to match I'm guessing...  Isn't there an old movie with the address of Riverside Drive in the title???

Jul 22, 2008 05:34 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Kaye,

6 Rm River Vu - starring Carol Burnett and Alan Alda they both answer an ad for a vacant apartment on Riverside Drive and get locked inside.

Jul 22, 2008 11:46 PM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

MITCH - You're giving away the best kept secret in Manhattan!  I used to live on 72nd and West End, and we constantly went to Riverside Park.  I love the Boat Basin Cafe.  We actually went there as a department when I worked at Billboard.

Jul 23, 2008 02:57 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Lovely photos and information. Love New York but it has been awhile since we were there. Thanks for the update.

Jul 23, 2008 09:06 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Adam, I lived on the UWS for years and didn't really know Riverside Park. I always went to Central Park. I thought Riverside Park was a little strip that ran along Riverside Drive for locals to walk their dogs. One day riding my bike I saw a tunnel by the off ramp of the highway and went through it and discovered this whole incredible park on the other side of the highway. It must have been fun going there with Billboard. I hope it was for fun but it would be an interesting place for a  sales meeting.

Bob & Carolin, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to come visit again.  

Jul 23, 2008 01:22 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for the post. I will make sure to go to the park on my next visit to NY.

Jul 28, 2008 11:48 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Thank Gita, I'm sure you will enjoy Riverside park on your next trip.

Jul 31, 2008 02:34 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

My oldest daughter Elizabeth lives in have a few more people there than we have in Maine!

Apr 06, 2009 03:34 PM