Wards Island New York NY Travel Blog› entry 827 of 1090 › view all entries
I was up late today. No time to drive out of the city to get some fresh air and exercise. Yet I still needed to add some steps for the Global Corporate Challenge. So I decided to head out to nearby Randall's Island. I had not been there for some time. The first time I visited the place was exactly 4 years and two days ago.
Randall's Island has seen many developments and has had many uses over time. From farmland to burial grounds, from a place of hospitals and institutions to recreation. With the opening of the Hell Gate Rail Bridge in 1916 and the Triboro Bridge in 1936, the formerly isolated island gets thousands of "visitors" a day.
In the last years the island began to fall in disrepair. Fortunately the Randall's Island Park Alliance, which was founded in 1992, and the NYC Parks Commission, took action and redeveloped the area. Baseball fields, a tennis court, walking and bicycling paths were constructed and the last remaining section of Little Hell Gate was turned into a nature reserve.
I entered via the 125th Street Manhattan Bridge. Walked to the Bronx Bridge and briefly hiked off the island into the Bronx, and back. I made my way back to Manhattan via the landfilled Little Hell Gate, Ward Island and the 103rd Street Foot Bridge, which had been re-opened lately (June) after a two-year restoration project. The bridge is now open all year and 24-hours per day.
More pictures below!