Wednesday, 3 December 2008


Pier 45, seen here from an apartment roof, stretching majestically into the Hudson River, is part of the Hudson River Park which runs along the west side of Manhattan offering greens for sunbathing, free concerts, and a wide range of outdoor activities. The 850-foot pier is in Greenwich Village (at the western end of Christopher Street) is NYC's most picturesque pier for sunbathing and free activities. Amenities include shade structures, lots of seating areas and a stretch of grass lawn that has become a favorite spot for sunbathing and display of the 'body beautiful'.

Very nearby you can grab food and refreshments at Regatta Cafe or catch the NYC Water Taxi and find comfort in the usually well kept restrooms. During the Summer the Hudson River Park Trust sponsors free concerts of varied genres of music.

Sometimes called 'Queer Pier'
Being at the end of Christopher Street does result in attracting gay users but having used Pier 45 on many occasions, my family and I have not found this to be in the least bit disconcerting. In fact, it does not in any way detract from the excellent facilities, views of the Hudson River, shipping, and New Jersey shoreline and overall enjoyment factor. It has to be - given the weather of course - one of NYC's cheapest (free if you don't use the cafe) leisure spots. SSh - don't tell everybody!

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