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West Harlem Piers Park transforms a recently forlorn dock front into a scenic and breezy urban escape. Located on the Hudson River, at the foot of West 125th Street, it bridges the historic inlet that once flourished as part of the 19th-century town of Manhattanville, established in 1806. The narrow landscaped greenway unfolds with all the intriguing possibilities of a Swiss Army knife, incorporating a bike path, recreation pier, excursion pier, kayak launch, children's water feature, public art and a priceless view of the noble Hudson River and the palisades of New Jersey.Like Add a Comment
At Manhattan's forested, northernmost point, the Henry Hudson Parkway Bridge frames the dimming horizon as it extends from Inwood Hill Park to the Bronx mainland. The park's picturesque ridges, crags and outcroppings graph a glacial migration from prehistory's deepest chapter. By sunset, the result of that ancient formula is intoxicatingly romantic. Today, the park is the convergence of the Dyckman Marina, a link of New York State's Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, a hiking path and the Hudson River Bike Trail. Parks Department notes say Inwood Hill Park's natural salt marsh is Manhattan's very last. Yet in the gloaming of a given spring evening, its blueish reflection may well seem as promisingly sweet as a curaçao cocktail.Like Add a Comment
Straddling Convent Avenue on the north side of West 135th Street in upper Manhattan, The City College of New York was founded in lower Manhattan in 1847 as the Free Academy. In 1907 the institution moved uptown to the former site of Manhattanville College (which was originally the mid-19th-century Academy and Convent of the Sacred Heart). City College’s published history notes its Neo-Gothic campus buildings, designed by George Browne Post, to be "superb examples of English Perpendicular Gothic style and are among the first buildings, as an entire campus, to be built in the U.S. in this style." If the walls of this august pile could talk, they'd likely share a lesson in recycling. The structure retains a goodly amount of Manhattan schist that was amassed when the New York City subway tunnels were excavated. A white glazed terra cotta mantling sets off Shepard Hall's dark subterranean stone to an ennobling effect.Like Add a Comment
Although extinguished ages ago, the Little Red Lighthouse is a timeless beacon of inspiration from Fort Washington Park under the Manhattan tower of the George Washington Bridge. The 40-foot structure was built in 1880 on the Sandy Hook, NJ, peninsula. Nautical technology rendered its 1,000-lb fog signal and flashing red light obsolete by 1917, and the U.S. Coast Guard pulled the plug, dismantled the structure and reassembled it on the Hudson River banks of Jeffrey's Hook in upper Manhattan. The opening of the George Washington Bridge in 1931 again stole the little lighthouse's thunder, but not its magic spell. In 1942, "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge," a children's book written by Hildegarde Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward, rallied enough champions for the diminutive structure to dissuade the Coast Guard's wrecking ball. For over six decades since, the winsome little red tower has continued to elicit blinding smiles from visitors and passersby.Like Add a Comment