East River Blueway (to be) vs. Hudson River Greenway
While the Hudson Greenway is definitely preferable for smooth riding (continuous smooth road surface), I really prefer the scenic East River bike path. The Hudson Greenway for the most part is not directly adjacent to the river. Riding there is like riding a static bike in a gym, or riding on a track. I think I mentioned this once long ago. It's so boring esp. if you've ridden there many times (I know exactly when to start holding my breath and speed up when approaching the Sanitation trucks). Mostly you just see the fellow cyclists coming and going, as if everyone is rush going somewhere. Plus the lack of shade in hot summer...
The bike path along the East River has very lousy road surface in some parts and it's broken here and there, but it's right by the river, a real enjoyment to ride, and has a lot of cool shade near the Brooklyn Bridge area. Today I rode there for the first time since many months ago and found a lot of new stuffs (tourist attraction I guess) between the bridges and South Ferry, some exercise machines, a lot of benches facing the river (maybe they've been there for some time now it's new to me). The only thing is it's too crowded with pedestrians during weekend in good weather.
There is a "East River Blueway" project supposedly going on. I very much hope the road surface gets great improvement. Wonder if it will take as long as a decade?