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  • A water taxi is seen from the Hudson River Park in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Great outdoors awaits in Lower Manhattan

    In the past decade, the decrepit piers and industrial zones along five miles of the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side have been transformed. Hudson River Park is now a destination that gets 17 million visits annually, with a bike path, green spaces, playgrounds and recreation ranging from minigolf and skateboarding to kayaking and even stand-up paddleboarding.

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  • "It was gorgeous, like a little nature haven — beautiful flowers, trees, and only when you looked over to your left [at the buildings], did you realize you were in between a concrete jungle and this beautiful river," said Ms. Lopez, 29, who came in from her home in suburban Westchester for the day.

    Great outdoors awaits in Lower Manhattan →

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