Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: West Side Highway

Cycling - 1976  Westside Highway closed from the Battery to 57th Street.   Biking paradise. Weather permitting, I rode my bike to work from the village to the upper west side. Usually made it in less than 10 minutes, and no taxis to dodge - or curse.

Looking south to the Battery and the New World Trade Center Towers. It had opened a few years before. The old wharfs seen at right are gone now. It's all flat roadway, a promenade, and the Hudson River.

And so it goes.


  1. is the roadway still closed to cars? if so, that must be an excellent ride along the river.

    1. The old elevated roadway is long gone. It was a great gift to cyclists for a while. The new one runs at ground level along the same route.

  2. Here we try to kindly inquire about the permission to post your wonderful photo above.

    We found it here on the web and hope you agree that it is a great image that deserves the context of our project website!
    On you can find a lot of wonderful images. Most of them are accompanied by some personal notes of the authors.
    As of now we have a wonderful collection of more than 550 images from 48 countries show people in front, on top or inside the World Trade Center.

    The images are always about people in connection to the WTC!

    Our blog’s aim is to create a comprehensive collection of private photographs of the former World Trade Center in NYC. The idea behind this project is to document and describe analytically the specific aura, meaning and significance of this architectural and cultural complex from the angle of visitors’ and tourists’ images from all over the World.
    The blog does not include images of September 11th’s events and does not intend to comment on them either. It wants to explore how a symbolic architecture enters private narratives and claims global consciousness alike.

    We can not wait hearing from you

    Best greetings from Berlin, Germany

    Robert Ziegler and Stefka Ammon

  3. Thanks for these great pictures. What a blast it must have been to have that road mostly to yourself! Were there barricades of any substance at the ramps? Cheers!!


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