When you live in the apartments at 70 Charlton, you have 500 acres of waterside park right on your doorstep. And you just have to make the most of it — especially now that spring is in full bloom. Hudson River Park is a sanctuary from urban life; it’s a place where you can embark on peaceful promenades, let off steam with a variety of sports and activities, or spend a relaxing evening under the stars watching a movie.
Walk (Or Bike) It Off
Often, the simplest pastimes can be the best. Treat mind, body, and soul to a break from city life by wandering Hudson River Park’s paths, admiring the vista across the Hudson River and musing over the sculptures peppered along the way. Cover more ground by renting a bike and cycling the entire length of the park, via the New York State Hudson River Greenway. Got a furry friend who is champing at the bit for a much-needed stroll? Head to one of four designated spots, including the well-equipped, and much-renowned, Tribeca Dog Park and Pier 84 Dog Park.
Games and Activities
Just try to name an activity that Hudson River Park doesn’t offer. You can arrange a game of doubles on the tennis courts; practice your swing in the batting cages; show off some moves at the skatepark; or make figure eights on the skating rink. Daredevils will want to tackle one of the park’s climbing walls, or learn the art of the flying trapeze. (How many New York parks have one of those?) And no one can overestimate the joy of a round of miniature golf — especially when played on an 18-hole professional-grade course, boasting waterfalls, a pond, sand traps ... and a cave!
Get Out on the Water
Leave dry land to experience one of the park’s many water activities. Commandeer a kayak or rowboat, and see New York from an entirely different perspective (while giving yourself a workout). Learn the art of sailing by arranging a lesson at Pier 25 and Pier 66. If you catch the bug, you may even want to sign up for the park’s boat-building lessons. Otherwise, do things the easy way, with fine dining aboard one of the many available boat excursions. Champagne and stunning sunset views? We’re on board with that.
Indulge in Culture
Culture is in full bloom in Hudson River Park, especially during the spring and summer months. Take in an iconic NYC movie at Pier 63. Watch virtuosic dance routines burst into life before your eyes on Tuesday evenings throughout the balmier months. And, if you’re inspired, take a beginner’s lesson, too. Learn more about the park’s flora and fauna from an expert on one of the regular Hudson River Nature Walks. Let a live music act soundtrack the sunset at a Friday night waterfront concert. They’re free, and they take place all summer long. You may occasionally have to remind yourself that you have a residence to go home to.