I’ve lived on the lower west side of Manhattan all my life. Throughout this time (the last 20 years) the area has undergone a transformation. Once only a haven for artists, homeless people, rats, and others alike, neighborhoods like Tribeca, the West VIllage, SoHo, and the Meat Packing District now boast some of the most desirable and priciest real estate in the World. The gentrification of these areas prompted the City of New York to invest millions of dollars towards both improving existing piers and board walks and building completely new ones. Rebuilt within the last 10 years, the boardwalks that line the lower west side of Manhattan, along the Hudson River, were redesigned with emphasis’ on being clean and green. WIth it’s meticulous landscaping, it becomes easy to forget you are in a huge city as you stroll down the boardwalk. That is, until you look past the line of sun flowers and tall grass and see the skyline, highlighted by the Freedom Tower, in the distance. This is one of my favorite places to stroll and take in the beauty of the river, the city and its inhabitants.
Here are a few photos I took this summer while on the boardwalk and piers.