Final Link in Hudson River “Greenway” Almost Finished

by - May 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm -

Bicyclists and runners who use the Hudson River path that stretches from Battery Park City to the George Washington Bridge have had to make a detour at 83rd Street that takes them away from the river. But that’s about to change.

Map of the detour.

Map of the detour.

Around Memorial Day, the last link in the Hudson River Greenway bike and running path will be completed, so athletes and weekend warriors can traverse the full length of Manhattan next to or near the river, Streetsblog reported.

The new path will be 14 feet wide and have four lanes for bikers and pedestrians. Street lamps are already set up. Streetsblog also reported that the Department of Transportation wants to install new lighting between 63rd and 72nd Streets.

The Greenway is wildly popular and we imagine it will only get more so — the detour made biking on the path  more difficult because riders have to climb a hill and travel through the 91st Street Garden, where the pavement is cracked and it can be hard to maneuver around people.

The new section of the Hudson River Greenway, looking North from 83rd Street.

The new section of the Hudson River Greenway, looking North from 83rd Street.

We’d like to think this bike path is a finger in the eye of old Robert Moses, who thought the Hudson River belonged just to drivers, and built the West Side Highway so they could have something to look at while they were stuck in traffic. See, Robert Moses, you didn’t get to destroy everything!

Here’s a map of the various Greenways in Manhattan (not to quibble with Streetsblog, but there does appear to be another section around 125th Street where the connection with the river is broken. Update: Streetsblog is right about it being the last link. The map was outdated. A commenter straightened us out.)

(photos by Avi)

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  1. Harriet says...

    The map is not up to date. The segment from 125th -133rd St. opened late last year and runs right along the river in front of the Uptown Fairway.

  2. Alan Miles says...

    I think that’s slightly unfair to Moses. When the west side highway was built, no sane person wanted to be walking or biking near the polluted industrialized Hudson River. Moses wasn’t taking away a riverfront; he was putting a roadway in an otherwise undesirable location.