Yesterday was another of my favorite #livingthelist days. Originally, I had planned to get Acupuncture for the first time, but when I showed up for my appointment, I was a week early. I was on Madison and 59th, so I decided I would wander toward the East Side River, and see what I would find. It was then I remembered the roller coaster looking monument that I passed on the tram to Roosevelt Island, which turns out to be The East River Pavilion, located on 60th and York.
The Pavilion is beautiful. It is elevated above the East side bike path and has views of the Queensboro Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, and Upper East Side Manhattan.
Aside from a landmark, the pavilion is a makeshift outdoor gym, and enclosed dog park. On one side of the park, a ex-military officer was conducting and intense outdoor boot-camp for twenty-something New Yorkers. On the other side Pugs, French Bulldogs, Chihuahua’s and Labs were running circles around each other, while their owners filled up a hot pink baby pool for the dogs to cool off in.
I would recommend checking out this unique NYC ‘pocket park.’ The setting is beautiful, and there is some cool history!
Here are some facts about the parks origin:
- The park was originally a waterfront garbage station
- It was built in the 1980’s during NYC’s waterfront revitalization program
- In 1995 artist, Alice Aycock, was selected to create a sculpture that would transform the defunct sanitation facility into a public plaza
- Aycock designed the massive aluminum helix, reminiscent of a roller coaster – which exists today
- $2.1 Million in funding was donated by New York Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery & Rockefeller University
- 2001 park was closed to deterioration
- 2004 park re-opens after $12 million dollars of restorations
- Today, the park exists as a New York landmark, intended to attract the attention of motorists and pedestrians alike
The East River Pavilion
60th Street & York Avenue, NY NY 10124