Starting early on a Sunday morning, Sharon and I rode on our tandem bicycle from the George Washington Bridge north on the Greenway to Dyckman St. Then we followed the signs east on the streets across to the newly opened Harlem River Speedway section. Then south on that all the way to the Staten Island Ferry terminal (with several required detours out onto the streets). (Ken had previously skated all the other sections of the MWB on the West side back in September 2003)
It's a new adventure to consider trying -- for those who are ready for what they're getting into.
But if you thought the announcement of this "Manhattan Waterfront Greenway" meant that something resembling the West Side Greenway now goes around the entire island, then dream on. It's not even close. The east side north of like 34th St is nothing like the west side.
We found a new map for the MWG on the NY City government website:
That map shows this pretty teal-green line in lots of sections of the East
But that visual expectation is not met in the actual bicycling -- the quality of the East side is very different from the West side -- as described above.
Notes for Skaters
The best new part is the fresh pavement on the west side north from
Those wanting to try the whole circle on skates should be very expert
I think on skates the circle goes less worse in the clockwise