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Biking in the City

Summer is the best time for taking the bicycle out of storage and exploring the city. Residents of the 555TEN luxury rentals can pedal to stay fit year-round in the luxury fitness studios equipped with state-of-the-art Peloton bicycles. But the fully equipped indoor bike service station and storage area add an extra incentive for taking up some seasonal (or year-round) cycling and getting onto some of the city’s most scenic bike paths.

555TEN is conveniently located near two of New York City’s most treasured biking destinations: Central Park and the Hudson River Greenway. Central Park is, of course, New York’s premier green space, with three designated bike loops that stretch 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles, and 1.7 miles—and are closed to cars on the weekends for added comfort for bicycles and pedestrians alike. A day of biking in the park can easily incorporate a well-deserved moment of rest with a picnic in the park’s rolling green areas, stocked with provisions from eateries near 555TEN.

For a longer stretch extending from Battery City Park and north to the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River Greenway offers safe, designated cycling paths with sweeping, unobstructed views of the Hudson River and cityscapes beyond. Cyclists can stop along the way to enjoy a view of the USS Intrepid or enjoy the views from benches and resting spots throughout the path.

The beginning of an epic borough-crossing biking adventure to City Island awaits just a few blocks south of 555TEN at Pier 84 near the Intrepid Museum. The paved bike path near 43rd Street leads north to the George Washington Bridge and beyond the bridge to Inwood Hill Park. Cyclists can then cross the Harlem River into the Bronx along Pelham Parkway and over a series of charming, small bridges to City Island in the Long Island Sound. This fishing village is lined with antique shops and dozens of restaurants and pubs, perfect for enjoying a pint or the catch of the day after a long ride through the city.

Closer to home, residents of 555TEN can take advantage of New York City’s new Open Streets program, which allows cyclists and pedestrians safe and open access to city streets with limited or no incoming traffic. After a ride through the neighborhood, stop for a scoop or a cone of ice cream as a reward for braving a warm summer’s day outdoors—then enjoy the summer breeze as you zip back home.

And, if you’re not yet a lucky resident of 555TEN, finding your new bicycle-friendly lifestyle in Midtown West is as simple as contacting our leasing team today.

Summer on the High Line

Summer has arrived in New York City, bringing plenty of sunshine and a welcome opportunity for some much-needed leisure. Summer is also the best season of the year for exploring, or simply rekindling an appreciation for, the city’s cultural institutions, parks, restaurants, and the sights and sounds that make New York the greatest city on Earth. Residents of the 555TEN luxury rentals are just a few blocks away from one of New York City’s most famed and beloved destinations — the High Line. A walk through this 1.45-mile-long elevated park, which stretches from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street along the West Side of Manhattan, promises scenic viewing spots, newly commissioned art installations, and glimpses of New York’s history.

Groundbreaking on the High Line started in 2006, but its first visitors were welcomed in 2009. The park continued to expand farther north, with the Rail Yards section, which runs between West 30th to 34th Streets, completed for visitors in 2014. But the High Line’s origin story stretches back to the 19th century — when freight trains still operated at street level, causing perilous conditions for pedestrians. Years of improvement projects aimed at making the area safer led to the construction of an elevated rail line. The “West Side Elevated Line,” as it was originally known, debuted in the 1930s and carried goods to factories like Nabisco’s, better known today as the building that houses the ever-popular Chelsea Market.

With the advent of trucking, the High Line fell into disuse, and by the 1980s, it was headed for demolition. In fact, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani even signed a demolition order in 1999. Enter the Friends of the High Line. Inspired by the natural beauty of the secret garden of wild plants that had sprung up there, the group was founded to advocate for the repurposing of the space for public use. The organization commissioned a competition for ideas to reimagine the old rail line. With community support and planning, the High Line was born — and has since become one of the city’s most popular sites and an exemplar of landscape architecture the world over.

While proposals to extend the High Line north to Hudson River Park have already been announced, 555TEN residents can easily make the short stroll to the 34th Street entrance. From there, they can enjoy a walk through the Interim Walkway, which offers panoramic city and Hudson River views. At 30th Street, the Pershing Square Beams pay homage to the High Line’s industrial past with preserved steel beams and girders, which have been repurposed as a safe area for play and exploration. Also found at 30th Street is the Spur — an open-air space that houses the High Line Plinth, which is dedicated to large-scale public artworks. Currently on view is “Untitled (drone)” by Sam Durant — an abstract fiberglass sculpture in the form of a drone aircraft, which Durant fashioned to bring visibility to usually invisible drone warfare and surveillance.

Farther south on 26th Street is a dedicated viewing spot, as well as stretches of trees and other greenery along the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover. Still farther down, you’ll find the lush Chelsea Thicket between 21st and 22nd Streets. For a moment of rest during your visit, engage in a bit of people watching on the 23rd Street Lawn and Seating Steps or the 10th Avenue Square & Overlook. Cool off with the water feature and sundeck between 14th and 15th Streets, or, in the evening, pause at the partially enclosed 14th Street Passage, which offers a curated rotation of art videos and other programming.

Residents of 555TEN can make the most of the High Line all summer long. And why not? This treasured piece of New York history is right in their own backyard.

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