I took a short ride on the east side, from Houston down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is in terrible shape, barely rideable. Many years ago, I can't remember how many now, there was a lot of hoopla about the bike paths that circumnavigate Manhattan, so I decided to ride it. This was before I got back into cycling, and to ride that far was a big deal to me. I remember thinking that the east side was in bad shape, with construction everywhere but it was never clear what was being constructed. The west side otoh was looking pretty good, and it is a great path now.
So why is it, about 10 years later I think, it still is in such crappy shape. Can't it at least be paved smooth? Never mind that it was never a fully contiguous route but at least make what is there a decent place to ride. We all know 1st, 2nd and 3rd are too crowded to ride during the week, so make the one place at least a decent alternative.