12th Avenue

I walked 12th Avenue today - almost 13 miles.

Today's walk

Today's walk

This was one of my favorite walks - 12th Avenue (Riverside Dr. above 59th St., West St. below Gansevoort St.) runs down the west side of Manhattan along the Hudson.  It's lined with parks almost its entire length and is just plain pleasant.  

It starts around 181st St., just north of the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights and is lined with mansions and grand apartment buildings on one side and Riverside Park on the other for a few miles down through the Upper West Side.  This walk was in early May, so everything was in bloom and super scenic.

Below the UWS 12th Avenue passes along the remnants of old piers and warehouses (many of which have been renovated and re-purposed, but not all), recalling New York's days as the world's largest shipping hub.  Some of the piers have been rebuilt and now hold parks out over the river.  They're pretty cool.

At its base in lower Manhattan it passes by the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial and ends in Battery Park.

Here are the pictures: