History, Ecology & Architecture of the West Village Walking Tour
Taught by Hudson River Park Educators
Hudson River Park is a 550 acre park and estuarine sanctuary from Chambers Street to W.59th Street in Manhattan. It includes four miles of waterfront esplanade, 16 reconstructed piers to date, four dedicated boathouses for sailing, rowing and paddling, and numerous other places to play, learn and relax. Hudson River Park’s 400 acres of sanctuary waters and the ecological abundance they support have informed virtually every aspect of park planning and operation. Every day, staff, volunteers and park partners work to make the experience of water as direct as possible for millions of visitors each year. In addition to creating access to the River itself, this includes communicating the River’s vital ecological role with a robust series free and low-cost environmental educational programs and various scientific monitoring studies on the health of the River.
Discover NYC’s dynamic waterfront history through a guided walking tour of the West Village neighborhood, led by a local historian. Explore Manhattan’s role as a major trade center and port through a chronological trip of history, ecology and architecture. Starting with the Lenape Native Americans, to European settlement, and to massive urban developments we will work through the centuries to our current uses of this diverse waterfront.
Meeting location at the Christopher Street Fountain at 6:30pm. A reminder will also be sent the day before the walk!