1 Here I am arriving at Hudson River Park with Heather Kirkland - MSLO Administrative Manager, Special Projects.
2 A group shot with Hudson River Park Trust’s Matthew Post - Director of Horticulture, Madelyn Wils - President, and Friends of Hudson River Park's Blake Beatty - Director of Development
3 Across from my offices is the Habitat Garden, designed as a sanctuary for small organisms, like insects, birds, and small animals. It is closed to the public.
4 The red-hulled boat is a historic lightship called Frying Pan. Now docked at Pier 66 Maritime, it is one of 13 lightships remaining from more than 100 built. The US Coast Guard used lightships as floating lighthouses and to mark the entrances to harbors.
5 The Frying Pan actually sank and spent three years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before being salvaged and brought to Chelsea Piers, where it is now part of a fun restaurant/bar.
6 My offices are located in the landmark Starrett-Lehigh building. Dating from 1932, this amazing and massive structure occupies an entire city block and was constructed so that freight trains and trucks could enter the vast ground-floor freight yard to load and unload freight for the businesses located in the floors above.
7 A carousel is found at Pier 62, a menagerie of 33 hand-carved and painted wooden Hudson River Valley animals. The roof over the carousel is a living 'green' one.
8 Pier 62 also features an impressive 15,000 square foot skate park that offers excitement for all levels of skate boarders and roller bladers.
9 At the entrance to the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park is the Display Garden, designed by Lynden B. Miller as a four-season garden. With its Knockout Roses and colorful foliage, everyone loves it!
10 Vibrant salvia in the Display Garden
11 These late-blooming anemones are ‘Honorine Jobert’.
12 You can learn to sail at Pier 25 in Tribeca.
13 The sailing school offers several levels of community sailing on the river.
14 The Hudson River Park Bikeway is the busiest bike path in the United States. It runs the entire length of Hudson River Park from Battery Place at the southern tip of Manhattan to W59th St. where it connects with Riverside Park South.
15 If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can also rent one in the park. Bike education classes are also offered to those who don't know how to ride.
16 These piles are the remains of an old pier and will be kept like this to benefit the underwater wildlife. The river has been slowly re-vitalizing and now has 70 varieties of fish, including white perch, striped bass, sturgeon, and eels.
17 This is Pier 54, which is still in pretty bad shape. Interestingly, this is where the Titanic was to dock on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK in April of 1912.
18 This building is the current City of New York Department of Sanitation. It will eventually be turned into parkland.
19 Another view of the Sanitation Building - I can just imagine how great it will look as part of the park.
20 A view of Jersey City, New Jersey across the Hudson - My 5 siblings and I were born in Jersey City.
21 This is a portion of the Greenwich Village Esplanade planted with Zelcova trees, a hardwood tree in the elm family.
22 Millenium Garden, located at Charles St., is the home of The Apple, designed by Stephen Weiss, the late husband of world-renowned fashion designer, Donna Karan. This garden, dedicated to him, needs a bit of a makeover.
23 This is the eastern end of Pier 45 in Greenwich Village, an 850-foot-long pier that offers shade structures and seating areas.
24 At the northern end of Tribeca there are 3 public tennis courts.
25 This structure is the vent shaft for Holland Tunnel. Completed in 1927, it was the first passenger-car tunnel in the area.
26 A galvanized steel sculpture by Mark Gibian
27 Pier 26 in Tribeca is currently under construction. When completed, it will include a habitat planting zone, lawns, seating areas, overlooks, historic boats, and a variety of active and passive recreation opportunities.
28 To visually improve the construction site, a volunteer program was organized to paint the cement construction barriers.
29 This is a Metasequoia, or Dawn Redwood - A very fast-growing deciduous conifer, this specimen can reach heights of 200-feet!
30 Pier 25 is the longest pier in Hudson River Park and if you're in the mood for beach volley ball, this is the place!
31 It's also the place for basketball.
32 A view of Battery Park City, a 92-acre community at the southwestern tip of Manhattan
33 A view of the new One World Trade Center
34 Pier 25 also has really fun playgrounds.
35 The playground has water features, however, that day, there was a drain problem, forming a wading pool.
36 There's another great playground at Pier 51 in Greenwich Village.
37 This playground has a spiral ramp leading to a pirate’s lookout in the playground’s center.
38 This is the Aids Memorial in Greenwich Village. The quote engraved into the black granite bench reads: 'I can sail without wind, I can row without oars, but I cannot part from my friend without tears.'
39 Pier 83 at 43rd Street is where you catch the Circle Line, the exciting boat tour around Manhattan Island.
40 Next door at Pier 84, you'll find another boat tour upon New York Water Taxi.
41 Just further north is the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where you can tour the new Space Shuttle Pavilion.
42 This sculpture, located at 55th at Pier 96 at Clinton, called Private Passage, was created by Malcolm Cochran. Made of bronze and zinc, this giant bottle contains a representation of an interior stateroom from the ocean liner, Queen Mary.
43 Back near the Starrett Lehigh building - Trumpet vine and clematis growing on a park maintenance building
44 Stone Field, located at 22nd St. at Pier 63, contains large boulders from quarries in New York State and Pennsylvania, that were chosen for their special shapes.
45 Here are some detail shots of some other plants growing in the amazing Hudson River Park. - Rosa rugosa
46 A thistle-like flower
47 A type of verbascum
49 Veronica speedwell
50 And another type of veronica