New York City Love Letters: A Hawk and Other Magnificence along Riverside Drive

A get-out-of-the-house-for-any-reason bike ride south along beautiful and under-appreciated Riverside Drive, which stretches from West 158th Street to West 72nd on the far west side of Manhattan along the Hudson River. You’ll find lots of beautiful parkland, gorgeous apartment buildings, presidential monuments, churches oh, and this red-tailed hawk. 🚲 🌃 ☀️ 🌳

Look who swooped just inches over my head then up to perch on this traffic light. A red-tailed hawk. According to my avid bird-watcher friend Christian Cooper “the ones in this town are true New Yorkers… They just don’t give a shit about you. In the country they get spooked if you get within 100 yards!” — at Riverside Drive.
This bronze equestrian sculpture of military officer, educator, journalist, and public servant Franz Sigel (1824–1902) is by the distinguished sculptor Karl Bitter (1867–1915). Sigel was a patriot both in his native land of Germany and in his adopted home in the United States. He was born on November 18, 1824, in Sinsheim, Baden.
Completed in 1902, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument is a monument located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. It commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War. It is an enlarged version of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, and was designed by the firm of Stoughton & Stoughton with Paul E. M. DuBoy. — at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (Manhattan).
Completed in 1902, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monument is a monument located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. It commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War. It is an enlarged version of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, and was designed by the firm of Stoughton & Stoughton with Paul E. M. DuBoy. — at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (Manhattan).
rosa rugosa, which is a very tough and shoreline tolerant rose. It's non-native, but has naturalized in many beach areas on the East Coast.
rosa rugosa, which is a very tough and shoreline tolerant rose. It’s non-native, but has naturalized in many beach areas on the East Coast.
Fancy Waterline Square condos.
Fancy Waterline Square condos.
Riverside Park; https://riversideparknyc.org/
Riverside Park; https://riversideparknyc.org/
Me doing my Bill Cunningham impression
Me doing my Bill Cunningham impression

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