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    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    The new section is not open yet.
    ^and it's really pissing me off. Summer's waning, open it already!

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    I can understand keeping the newly-planted grassy aras off limits, but don't understand the reasoning for not opening access to the paths & esplanade

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    Especially since peds are shareing the bike lane (right, scumonkey?). It's been planted since spring, I really think it was the unfinished river access they've been dragging their feet on, but that's no excuse to keep the public off of every path. Only the geese are living it up. They also need to remove the huge amount of litter from the skyway area - on top of the rock "islands" in particular.

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    ^ you said it!

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    I ran through it today, it is open. There is no barrier to the river, and there are steps down to the waters edge. Interesting seating throughout plus a grassy hillside. Very nice to finally enjoy this park segment.

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    Thanks for the heads up.

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    August 19, 2008, 10:07 am

    Another Phase of Riverside Park South Opens


    By Sewell Chan



    A 60-year-old, 95-ton locomotive engine, known as No. 25, is at the centerpiece of the latest phase of Riverside Park South to be completed. (Photos: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation)


    At a noontime ceremony on Tuesday, city officials will formally mark the completion of the fourth of seven projected phases in the construction of Riverside Park South, a core element in the continuous West Side greenway that has been constructed along the Hudson River over the past decade.

    The park will eventually have 27.5 acres. Phase I, from 68th to 72nd Streets, opened in 2001; Phase II, from 65th to 70th Streets, opened in 2003; and Phase III, from 62nd to 65th Streets, opened in 2006. (Some of the phases overlap.)

    The completion of Phase IV (59th to 63rd Streets) connects Riverside Park South to Hudson River Park, to the south, and also extends the waterfront greenway along the west side of Manhattan from Battery Park to 83rd Street, according to the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which said that 220 acres of waterfront parkland have been created under the Bloomberg administration.

    Riverside Park South is being built with private money — a concession to the community by the developers who have erected large, luxury high-rises over what used to be a train depot.

    The fourth phase of the park cost $10 million and was financed by the Extell Development Company and designed by Thomas Balsley Associates, landscape architects. The design company said in a statement:
    This new space, together with future phases of a skateboard park, ball fields, dog runs and game courts will become the park’s southern activity node. Sunbathers and picnickers are a short walk to larger lawns with promontories that offer a pastoral river setting. With kayak and canoe launchings, visitors seeking a moment of quiet will find custom seating, shade structures and a naturalized shore of rip-rap grasses and riverside “get-downs.”
    Throughout its length, Riverside Park South laces together these nodes of activity with open expanses of walkways edged with native grasses, poetic vistas and references to the area’s industrial railroad history. The result is a park experience reflective of rich diversity of New York City and its culture of recreation.

    New seats, walkways and landscaping have been installed.

    In addition to new walkways and landscaping, the park’s most distinctive feature, officials said, is a train locomotive, parked on a plaza at 62nd Street, that evokes the former train yard. The locomotive, known as No. 25, is a 60-year-old, 95-ton engine that was most recently used on the Brooklyn waterfront. It was built in 1946 and is identical to engines that moved freight cars along the West Side from the 1940s to the 1980s.

    Phases V and VI are still being designed; construction is to start next year.
    Other city waterfront park projects, either under construction or recently completed, include Riverwalks, from 135th to 145th Streets and from 83rd to 91st Streets, along the Hudson, and the West Harlem Piers, from St. Clair Place (at West 129th Street, intersected by 125th Street) to 135th Street.

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...k-south-opens/

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    Cool I did the walk.

    It's very nice. Now you can walk along the Hudson from there all the way down to BPC.

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    There's an overlook at the top
    of the hill


    With a good view of the garbage trucks
    entering the transfer station.












    At the ruins of Pier D, a transition to
    a less formal landscape.





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    The open access down to the river's edge is a terrific feature ... but methinks if folks want to enjoy that aspect of the park then they had better visit soon, as a park "ranger" was telling me today that it seems some sort of barricade will be going up both at the top of the steps and where the grasses have been planted between the unbarricaded path and the rocks -- apparently bureaucratic types are worried that someone will fall and get hurt.

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    Great pictures Zippy. Thanks.

    I love the "street furniture" they have in this area.

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    The weather has been perfect for a visit to our newest parkland ...



    Some folks seem to have set up office on the lounges set into the grass ...







    From the reiver's edge the George Washington Bridge can be clearly seen ...





    There's a ramp to launch your vessel ...





    rps4

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    Some of the street furniture looks great. Especially the benches with the overhanging canopy. Looks like a great place overall.

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    Yeah I am enjoying this (finally) new addition of the park. And my dog does too of course. No more dark bridge tunnel experience.

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