Riverside Park

Riverside Park is a long narrow strip of land between Riverside Drive and the Hudson River, extending from 72nd street to 158th street. Prehistoric glaciers left rocky outcroppings and steep bluffs on the site and before European settlement the rough terrain was only sparsely populated by Aboriginal Americans.

In 1846, the Hudson River Railroad was built along the shoreline. Between the end of the civil war (President Grant's tomb is in the park) and 1875 the land between the tracks and the bluffs was acquired by the city and plans for a park were commissioned from Frederick Law Olmstead, the chief designer of Central Park. His plan (with numerous modifications) was implemented between 1875 and 1900.

Between 1934 and 1937 a plan known as the West Side Improvement was executed along the Hudson riverfront to double the size of Riverside park to include the West Side Highway and the railroad tracks (which were covered by a promenade). As such the park is split in half by the West Side Highway, the main north-south freeway on the west side (it's East side counterpart is the FDR drive which runs along the East River).

Riverside Park's long, narrow shape makes it defy convenient cartography, but here's an attempt.

Riverside Park Map, December 2007
Hudson River
Riverwalk 72nd - 79th St.
72nd Street Dog Run
72nd Street Eleanor Roosevelt Statue
72nd Street Track
72nd Street Underpass
73rd Street Meadow
74th Street Playground
76th Street Barge
76th Street Basketball Court
Hamilton Fountain
76th Street Neufeld Playground
79th Street Boat Basin
79th Street Interchange
80th Street North Lawn
83rd Street: Red-Tailed Hawks
82nd Street Cyrus Clark Memorial
82nd Street River Run Playground
83rd-91st Street Promenade
Hudson Riverwalk (83rd St. - 92nd St.)
83rd Street Underpass
Warsaw Ghetto Memorial
84th Street Rock Outcrop
87th Street Comfort Station
87th Street Dog Run
89th Street Soldiers And Sailors Monument
Crab Apple Cove
91st Street Garden
West 91st Street Marine Heroes Tablet
91st Street Playground
91st Street Serpentine Promenade
Driftwood Art: Hudson Riverfront 96th - 125th Street
96th Street Bridge
96th Street Clay Courts
96th Street Interchange
97th Street Playground
Carrere Memorial
100th Street Cherry Walk
100th Street Firemans Memorial
101st Street Soccer Fields
106th Street Hudson Beach
106th Street Mall
107th Street Volunteer House
108th Street Riverside Drive
109th Street Skate Park
111th Street Basketball Courts
116th Street Overlook
119th Street Tennis Courts
120th Street Forever Wild
120th Street Structures
General Grant Memorial
123rd Street Overlook
123rd Street Sakura Park
125th Street Amiable Child Monument
125th Street Claremont Playground
125th Street Riverside Drive Viaduct (BIN 2246660)
125th Street West Harlem Piers
135th Street Riverside Ramparts
143rd Street Building
148th Street Bridge
151st Street Overlook and Gantry
153rd Street Trinity Church Cemetery
Windstorm - June 11, 2008

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