As a world capital of culture, cuisine, and couture, it is easy to forget that Manhattan is an island. Unless, of course, you see the cityscape from the rarified vantage point of the no-fee Midtown West luxury apartments at ARO. There, 60 stories up, and through the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, you can really see the city’s layout — and the great rivers that define its shorelines. To the west, and just a few blocks from ARO, is the Hudson River — a historic lifeline to NYC that helped turn a sleepy trading post into the greatest city in the world.
Today, the shores of this river provide not only lines of commerce but a chance for every New Yorker — especially those living in a no-fee Midtown West rental like those at ARO — a chance to indulge in riverside delights and relaxation. And now that the weather is warm, get ready to experience balmy breezes and commune with Mother Nature at Hudson River Park, the singular waterside recreational space just moments from your home.
Running from the tip of Manhattan at Battery Park all the way up to 59th Street on the West Side, Hudson River Park offers a diverse array of activities and options for your enjoyment. The park is huge, to be sure, but it’s also easily navigable, so one of the best ways to explore it is to get your bike out on a sunny afternoon and pedal around its 550 acres. Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry. Citi Bike has three stations within a five-block radius of ARO, and companies such as Blazing Saddles at Pier 84 have long-term bike rentals. One of the best things about riding your two-wheeler through Hudson River Park is the dedicated bike lane that stretches from Downtown to Upper Manhattan. Ride in safety on this superhighway for cyclists — you never have to worry about traffic. (Well, almost never, anyway. There are a few points where traffic crosses the bike lane. Be vigilant and follow the handy bicycle-only traffic lights.) Prefer two legs over two wheels? The park has been a favorite spot for runners and walkers for decades. There’s nothing like a sunset run as you watch boats glide across the water to the west and the lights of the city skyline sparkle to the east. And don’t forget: This is a great place to walk your dog.
If you want to get on the water and show off your sea (or river) legs, take kayak or stand-up paddleboarding lessons, or try a tour with Manhattan Kayak Company at Pier 84. Just imagine skimming across the water next to the stately Intrepid, an aircraft carrier turned museum.
All of this activity will undoubtedly work up a well-deserved hunger. Grab a blanket and find a shady spot to have a picnic. Or, hop on the North River Lobster Company’s one-of-a-kind floating lobster shack that cruises out onto the Hudson at regular intervals and has one of the best lobster rolls in town.