The latest report in our New York Outdoors series focuses on a hidden gem along Manhattan's Hudson River shoreline. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Manhattan’s Pier 25, which sits just off the West Side Highway at N. Moore Street draws people from around the corner, around the city and around the country.
It's easy to see why so many people are drawn to this section of Hudson River Park. It offers something for just about everyone, including mini-golf, which isn't easy to find in Manhattan.
“I really didn't know how to play mini-golf, but this was a really quick and fun crash course,” said one mini-golfer.
“Right on the water it's beautiful, why not you know? Perfect view of Jersey and 18 holes of fun,” said another mini-golfer.
The pier-side dock is a jumping off point for all kinds of boat tours. Bjoern Kils, a boat tour operator, runs three tours a day.
“We leave right from this dock here, we take people up the Hudson River, up to Midtown and come back around the Battery, over underneath the Brooklyn Bridge,” said Kils
If you prefer your boats to stay a little closer to land, there is a floating Oyster Bar docked at the end of the pier.
For athletes there's space to play soccer and three beach volleyball courts where there are leagues and pick-up games.
“It's the best, I mean you have, it's outdoors, it's beautiful, you have this view. This is our favorite place to play,” said a parkgoer.
All this activity happens in a picturesque setting. There are views of New York Harbor's most famous resident and it's not a bad place to see the sunset either.
“It's so blissful, I mean you have the scenery to look at and it's amazing. You have the people, it's just really warm vibes here,” said another parkgoer.
“You got the water, you have places that are really nice and green and lots of trees and it's just a wonderful place in New York City to come for everybody else who lives here or just visits here,” said a third parkgoer.
And remember, this is just a small part of the entire Hudson River Park which runs from Battery Park all the way up to 59th Street on the West Side.