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Manhattan West Side Bike Route

Manhattan West Side Bike Route: 25 December 2006

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Manhattan West Side Bike Route

In 2003 a project was completed to open up a reasonable bike route around most of the island of Manhattan. I cycled from the World Trade Center up the west side to the George Washington Bridge; a 21-mile trip there and back again.
En-route there are a number of sites to see although the weather wasn't the best so there aren't many photographs. Underneath the George Washington Bridge is the Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park (its official name is the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse).
Located in the Hudson River Park around about 58th Street is the art installation "Private Passage" by Malcolm Cochran, a 30ft long 9ft diameter wine bottle resting on its side. The interior (see it here) is based loosely on photographs of a stateroom from the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary.
In the park around 89th Street is the New York Soldiers' And Sailors' Monument. It occupies a prominent position above the Hudson River.
The section of the bike route between 125th and 135th Streets moves away from the waterfront due to an industrial installation. The bike route runs under a massive viaduct which carries 12th Avenue above. Interestingly I had passed this viaduct many times when driving along the Henry Hudson Parkway and thought that I would be interested to have a look at it from below.

George Washington Bridge
George Washington Bridge
Little Red Lighthouse 1
Little Red Lighthouse 1
Little Red Lighthouse 2
Little Red Lighthouse 2
Private Passage Sculpture
Private Passage Sculpture
Soldiers And Sailors Monument
Soldiers And Sailors Monument
Soldiers And Sailors Monument Detail
Soldiers And Sailors Monument Detail
Under 12th Avenue Viaduct 1
Under 12th Avenue Viaduct 1
Under 12th Avenue Viaduct 2
Under 12th Avenue Viaduct 2
View Down The Hudson 1
View Down The Hudson 1
View Down The Hudson 2
View Down The Hudson 2