Enjoy New Jersey's Riverwalk Along the Hudson on Foot, Bike, or Kick Scooter
[ KICK SCOOTING - 11/30/2011 - www.LetsKickScoot.com ]
>> Riverwalk refers to a series of sidewalks that run along New Jersey's Hudson River coast. These sidewalks span a distance between Fort Lee and the southern edge of Bayonne, south of Liberty State Park.
For the most interesting introduction to the area, begin your trip at the corner of Boulevard East and Pershing Road (just north of 47th Street), next to the lovely Charrito's Restaurant. At this location, you can enjoy views of the area from high ground, while having the opportunity to explore the rest of Weehawken's historic bluff, where many films and TV news specials are shot.
At Boulevard East, Pershing Road begins on top of a high bluff and continues down to the Hudson River as a long, curving, tree-lined road. Near the bottom, the road turns eastward, providing the first major views of Midtown New York.
When you reach the bottom of the hill, continue straight into Pershing Park (opened in 2011). During the summer, this park sports high fountains and flowers.
Continue going straight until you arrive at Pershing Park's river's edge. Turn left where Riverwalk starts its northward journey. (If you turn right prior to entering Pershing Park, you'll head toward south to Hoboken.)
As you cruise along, Weehawken's 9/11 memorial comes into view. It was constructed out of two World Trade Center's base sections and marks the place where approximately 60,000 people arrived after being evacuated by NY Waterway ferries from Manhattan on September 11, 2001, the day the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorist attacks. (See my article, The World Trade Center Shrouds.)
Continue your trip past the NY Waterway dock. If you arrived by ferry from New York, this is where you'll start your leg of Riverwalk.
After passing the ferry dock, turn right (east) toward New York, continuing along the Riverwalk sidewalk.
After a few blocks, you'll approach Riverwalk Place. It is marked in the picture below by four tall pillars.
Riverwalk Place is an apartment and small shopping center development on the river's edge. Stop here for something to eat and/or drink at Son Cubano Restaurant, or turn into the complex for Ben and Jerry's ice cream. There are also other dining opportunities in the complex, as well as an A&P Grocery Store, where you can buy snacks.
Continue your trip northward. In the distance, the George Washington Bridge comes into view.
At this point, you'll encounter a very brief path interuption at approximately Lydia Drive and River Road, which is located at the corner of the Bulls Ferry/Jacobs Ferry Condominium development. Turn right and follow a city sidewalk past a small Hudson River cleanup station. When you approach the next apartment building, turn immediately right to rejoin Riverwalk.
City Place is an attractive "live and work" shopping and condo development that features a nice selection of national chain stores (Pier 1 Imports, Anthropologie, ULTA, Chicos, etc.), plus several places to eat.
When you first enter the shopping center, you'll pass Chipotle and Panera Bread, both great places for lunch or snacks.
As you travel eastward through the middle of the shopping center, you'll see mesmerizing views of New York.
At the end of the drive, you'll find three more restaurants. They are the Greek Taverna (I recommended it), Baumgart's Cafe (Chinese food, not German!), and the high-end Fleming's Steakhouse. There is also a nearby Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop.
At the end of the shopping center is a stairway leading to a beautiful park. If you choose not to eat at any of the center's restaurants, grab a snack (perhaps at Panera Bread) and have a picnic on the grass.
You are now at the point of return. Scooting or biking back to the NY Waterway ferry dock is easy. Scooting to your starting point on the bluff of Weehawken's Boulevard East is more challenging (you'll either walk up the hill, or clime 14 stories on the stairs).
Questions? Just ask!
Article and photographs by Karen Little. First published on www.LetsKickScoot.com on 11/30/2011. All rights reserved.