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Old 06-25-16, 09:41 PM   #1
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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?
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I guess I still don't understand why you think the Hudson Greenway isn't by the river. Except for a few portions it is either directly adjacent or up above as it is past the GWB going north. Either way you have river views. Only that one section between 59th and 72nd has a hidden view and usually I just take that stretch as an excuse to hammer.

I ride the East River to work sometimes when I don't want to ride on 1st Ave, and it is OK, but I don't go out of my way for it.
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From the 70th to Battery Park City the river is mostly blocked from the view by trees or buildings. One can only see the river from afar (and by turning one's head). In the past when there were Manhattan Island Swims I couldn't see the swimmers at all from the bike path. There are pedestrian's esplanades next to the river, in much better position. It feels very monotonic riding there with a very narrow view. Seems I'm the only one feeling so. Above the 70s the path is adjacent to the river.
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You can't see the forest for the trees, literally.
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For me it depends on a few factors. Where is my start and end point? If I'm already by mid town east side and I have to go over the Willy B bridge; I'm not going to bother to go to the Hudson Greenway. Then there's the fact that the East river greenway is missing sections from the 30' to the 50's.

The sun feels nice on cold days; plus easier to see potholes/bumps by the Hudson path
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For me it depends on a few factors. Where is my start and end point? If I'm already by mid town east side and I have to go over the Willy B bridge; I'm not going to bother to go to the Hudson Greenway. Then there's the fact that the East river greenway is missing sections from the 30' to the 50's.

The sun feels nice on cold days; plus easier to see potholes/bumps by the Hudson path
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJA9...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
That looks like way up in the 100's on the Hudson Greenway? I like it being closer to the river, though wouldn't ride there after dark. It's hard to tell where you are without any signs.

Next time shoot your ride along the East River waterfront and post the scenary here for comparison .
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I rode the west side yesterday and was noticing that I CAN see the river almost the entire length, with a few exceptions. Chelsea piers blocks the view for a long stretch, and the cruise terminal blocks it some, but the cruise terminal is part of the river life. Chelsea piers less so as that could be anywhere.
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That looks like way up in the 100's on the Hudson Greenway? I like it being closer to the river, though wouldn't ride there after dark. It's hard to tell where you are without any signs.

Next time shoot your ride along the East River waterfront and post the scenary here for comparison .
By the Little Red Lighthouse; under the GW bridge. So around 170's/180's. I used to work nights(4pm-11pm) and rode there a lot trying to catch the 12am closing of the GW bridge.

Yes definitely; will try to get some footage next time I'm by the east side path.
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