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Winter may be here, but The Chatsworth’s residents still have plenty of time to enjoy the Hudson Riverfront right outside their door. This promenade, which spans Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, and the original Riverside Park (beginning at 72nd Street) is home to one of the longest greenways in the city. It is full of hidden spots and favorite gems, from playgrounds to sculpture parks to fine dining. So, join us as we leave The Chatsworth’s luxury condominium residences and take an afternoon stroll along Manhattan’s finest stretch of riverfront park.
Secret Sanctuary, Locomotive Lawn
The first stop is one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets: a statue garden called “The Sanctuary.” Located just north of Locomotive Lawn, The Sanctuary is currently home to Viewfinding, a collaborative piece that includes a sculpture and poetry. Viewfinding, which can be found near 67th Street, presents short poems on a long bench beneath a series of multicolored panels that catch and filter the sunlight reflecting off the Hudson. Take a moment to enjoy the riverfront view framed by this emotional work before heading south to Locomotive Lawn. The lawn is a covered seating area with a train-like construction, that, while quiet (and quite restful) at this time of year, is home to a series of live concerts and storytelling sessions for children throughout the summer months.
Running and Relaxing
After your stroll or run, you can sit back near Pier 96 and soak up some rays on the expansive lawns of Clinton Cove overlooking the pier. Clinton Cove, which was named after former New York Governor Dewitt Clinton, contains Private Passage, a large installation by Malcolm Cochran (near 55th Street) that inverts the classic ship in a bottle by putting an entire ship’s stateroom inside a large bronze bottle. Visitors can see the furniture through portholes both during the day or at night, as the interior is illuminated by electric lights after the sun goes down.
A Finer Diner
Now that you’ve explored some Greenway areas a little south of The Chatsworth, let’s travel north and inland for a feast and drinks at Cafe Luxembourg. You can make your dinner reservation online, and once you arrive, you can start with appetizers like their French onion soup and beet salad and move onto one of their delicious entrees, perhaps halibut or their roasted Faroe Island salmon. Their cocktail list includes the Lady Lux and the Autumn Hot Toddy, followed by their wine list which is diverse and impressive. Once the sun has sunk below the horizon and the glasses are empty, it’s only a charming, short walk back to the luxury residences at The Chatsworth.