• Challenge yourself to a flying trapeze class, right on the Hudson
• Bike along the country’s longest riverfront park sanctuary
• Breathe in the fresh air as you stroll through an endless stretch of outdoor art
Sprawling Hudson River Park has come a long way since its days as a dilapidated eyesore marked by crumbling piers along the west side’s waterfront. Now the four-and-a half-mile path that meanders from Chambers Street to West 59th Street is a thriving green space humming with bikers, joggers, and yoga classes, not to mention vast entertainment complexes. The arresting views of the cityscape are most special at the golden hour; grab a Citi Bike and journey along the longest riverfront park in the United States, through a multitude of art installations and a variety of activity happening every day on both land and water. There’s a vibrant energy in the summer thanks to numerous free events, such as Lolë fitness classes, but the Trapeze School New York at Pier 40 is a can’t-miss stop on your itinerary. Knee hangs, splits, planche and whip—whose inner kid hasn’t dreamed about flying through the air like a Ringling Brothers gymnast?
Ditch the tourists at Central Park and head west to the Hudson River Park. Start at Christopher, where you can wander along the waterfront before heading to your sunset trapeze class.
HUDSON RIVER PARK: Chambers Street to West 59th St.; 212-627-2020; hudsonriverpark.org
TRAPEZE SCHOOL NEW YORK: 353 West St. at Pier 40; 212-242-8769; newyork.trapezeschool.com; two-hour classes run all day, but book the 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. session when the sunset turns the sky pink, $60 ($50 in the mornings; $70 on weekends)