Although I live pretty close to the Hudson River, getting from here to there for a nice walk or bike ride can be a challenge: up, down, and all around I go, looking for access. Sure 125th or 133rd Street go straight under the highway, but it's a bit of a hike. Closer to me, at 145th Street, it's a confusing maze of stairs and paths to get across–especially tricky if I'm on two wheels.
Now, after many delays, the sleek new 151st Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge (at Riverside Drive) is an improved, slightly smoother way to get to the water and bike path by the river. Named after recently retired local pol Denny Farrell, the bridge is super fancy, with all sorts of Chutes and Ladders-y steps and ramps.
It’s so nice, some are even questioning whether the $24 million could have been spread out to fix the bumpy and dim-at-night bike paths that await you once you cross the bridge. But, hey, Uptown’s got a new bridge, so you won’t hear me complaining too much.
Pick a sunny afternoon, then head on over and check it out. Take a few selfies while crossing the photogenic bridge, take in the stunning view, then walk one block east to Broadway and treat yourself to a crackling brick-oven pizza at Bono Trattoria.
My choice: the Parma, a pie covered with salty prosciutto, creamy mozzarella and gorgonzola, and fresh arugula on top. (A world-traveling coffee-connoisseur friend also says they make the best espresso in the area.) The owners are Italian, so they do know what they’re doing.