Must-See Lower East Side
by Chris Wallace, 02/13/2013
East River Waterfront Esplanade, Pier 15. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Sara D. Roosevelt Park runs along Chrystie Street, from East Houston to Canal, near where an elevated train used to rattle. It offers a welcome oasis amid the concrete jungle: competitive pickup games last through the day on the basketball courts, and soccer fields host league play most of the year. Playgrounds not far from where Billy the Kid is said to have been born offer younger urbanites a place to roam.
Farther east, at Manhattan's edge, is the 57-acre East River Park. Basketball and tennis courts and football and baseball fields are available for everyone to enjoy some recreation. And a recently completed two-mile esplanade that extends from East River Park to Battery Park is great for a long jogs (with sights including the Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport), excellent for people-watching and a reminder that New York City is surrounded by water.