Make this Sunday an active day outside soaking up the last rays of September sunshine. Begin the morning by testing out a Bugaboo Runner (or runner extension if you have your own) from the Babesta booth at Brookfield Place’s Block Party, going on 11:30-4:30pm.
Borrow-a-runner for a few hours and see downtown’s Hudson River Park attractions in a whole new light. With so many exciting nooks & crannies throughout lower Manhattan’s answer to Central Park, you might forget to keep running. The family friendly trail is chalk full of activities and sights, so we narrowed down the best spots south of Chelsea Piers.
In order of appearance:
1. Begin by catching a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty
2. Bump, set & spike: the volleyball courts at North Cove (between Liberty & Vesey streets) are open through November.
3. Keep the game going by playing on the Rockefeller Park Basketball Court (between Warren & Murray streets). Younger kids can slide & swing through the playground.
4. Teardrop Park (Warren street): is ready to go for the water play fanatic.
5. North End Ave Island Dog Run (between Warren & Murray streets): has separate spaces for big dogs and little doggies.
6. Pier 25 at N Moore Street:
a. Mini Golf-Grab a club & putt over, under and through waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and a cave too.
b. Grand Banks-If all this running around has whetted your whistle (seafood anyone?) why not grab a bite while experiencing some history. Chow down at Grand Banks, a restaurant aboard the Sherman Zwicker, also known as the last original salt bank fishing vessel in existence. Delish eats plus bonus points for helping to support maritime preservation.
7. Catch an organized sporting match at Pier 40 (Houston Street): indoor/outdoor & rooftop fields offer a variety of fun sports.
8. “Everything” by Hanna Liden (at Christopher Street): Public Artwork’s tasty & attention grabbing sculpture that attracts kids and adults alike. Fun Fact: Liden chose bagels to illustrate the “eternal cycle of city life.”
9. 14th Street Park (near Chelsea Market): All you need is a blanket to claim your spot chillin’ along the Hudson.
10. Chelsea Piers (17-23rd streets): Enjoy limitless options from Bowlmor to shopping to the Field House.
Hope you enjoyed your run along the Hudson River Trail! Don’t forget to run (or jog) back!
by: Pia Finnigan