Despite its skyscrapers, subways, and pedestrian-packed avenues, New York City is actually home to numerous green spaces and parks, from the meadows in Central Park to the elevated, urban High Line greenway. To help you find an oasis in the bustling city, here are our picks of New York's best parks.
George Washington Bridge
George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, NJ, New York City, New York, USA, 07024
Said to be the world’s busiest extension bridge—and the longest on Earth at the time of its construction—the George Washington Bridge is a feat of architecture and engineering. Also known as the GW Bridge, the landmark was designed by Swiss architect Othmarr Ammann, and is frequented by more than 108 million vehicles per year; it’s also accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
The George Washington Bridge can be glimpsed during architecture-themed boat tours of Manhattan; Harlem and Bronx bike tours; and from above during a scenic helicopter flight. It’s also possible to plan your own, independent visit.
Things to Know Before You Go
The George Washington Bridge measures 4,760 feet (1,450 meters) across, and takes roughly 15 minutes to traverse; pedestrians and cyclists only have access to the top level.
Tolls are paid when entering New York from New Jersey; traveling west to New Jersey is free.
On select federal holidays, the bridge flies the world’s largest free-flying American flag, which measures 90 feet (27 meters) by 60 feet (18 meters) wide.
How to Get There
The George Washington Bridge connects the New Jersey community of Fort Lee with Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood; the major routes of I-95 and US 1-9 cross the bridge. If traveling via public transportation in Manhattan, take the A train to 175th Street Station, or take the 1 train to 181st Street Station. The landmark can also be reached by bus, bike, or taxi.
When to Get There
The George Washington Bridge is always open. If you’re after views of NYC and the Hudson River, visit during the day and stick around until twilight to watch the sun set over the city.
On both sides of the Hudson River, you can find green spaces that are perfect for picnics and exploring. On the Manhattan side, venture to Fort Washington Park, which is home to the Little Red Lighthouse and sports facilities. On the New Jersey side, discover Fort Lee Historic Park, the former site of a Revolutionary War-era encampment that’s now home to cannons and historic quarters.
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