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Riverside Park Leaf Cleanup Day Slated for Dec. 5

Want to burn a few calories while helping to keep Riverside Park beautiful?  Then stroll over to the park with your friends and family next Saturday and help clean up the leaves covering Riverside’s lawns and paths. If you’re worried about what all those latkes, candy canes and eggnog will do to your waistline this holiday season, raking leaves is a great way to shed some extra pounds!

Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.

Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.

Here are the details:

What: Clear leaves from Riverside Park lawns and paths.

When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009; 10 am to 1230 pm.

Where: Meet at 104th Street, inside the park. Take the 1 train to 103rd Street. Walk west to Riverside Drive. Cross the street and go down the ramp into the park. the group will be waiting for you at the base of the slope.

What do I Wear to a Leaf Cleanup Party? Dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Leave the bling at home and tie back your hair. Closed toe work shoes required. Do not bring extra bags; there is no place to store belongings.

Where do I get more Info? Kimberly Green, 347-287-1114 or Lynda Miller, 917-880-0615.

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Upper West Side: Riverside Park Marks 400 Year Hudson Celebration

Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.
Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.

Everybody’s celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s sail up the river that now bears the Dutch explorer’s name. What better place to mark the the event than….Hudson Beach Cafe in Riverside Park at 105th Street?

On Sunday, you can drop into the cafe, down some oysters and take a peak at the river. There’s beer to drink and things for the kids to do too. And if you want your dog to join in the festivities, there’s a dog park right across the way.

Here are the details.  For other Hudson-related events in the park this weekend, click here.

Riverside Park Oyster Festival 2009

Saturday, September 12; 3 – 9 pm
Hudson Beach Cafe (105th Street in the Park)

Celebrating 400 years along the Hudson River. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, beer, great food, activities for children, and live music all day at the Hudson Beach Cafe. Admission is free; food and drink can be purchased.

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New York Outdoor Dining Blooms on Upper West Side

79th Street Boat Basin Cafe

79th Street Boat Basin Cafe

Finally, this past weekend, summer arrived! So that means it’s time to scout out some outdoor dining options on the Upper West Side.

This is the time of year when the Upper West Side shines. The neighborhood brims with outdoor cafes, hidden gardens and other warm weather dining spots.

Later this week, I’ll list some outdoor eateries elsewhere in the city. But here are some of my favorite summertime hangouts in the neighborhood:

1.  Hudson Beach Cafe. This verdant spot at 105th street in Riverside Park has simple pub grub like burgers, a cold shrimp platter and beer and wine. It’s a relaxing place to watch people stroll in the park or to catch a glimpse of dogs frolicking in the dog park across the way. Plus, if you sit on the top level of this bi-level eatery, you can glimpse the shimmering Hudson River through the trees. For sports enthusiasts, there’s almost always a volley ball game going on at the adjacent athletic field.

105th St. in Riverside Park.

2.  Boat Basin Cafe. If you want more action in Riverside Park, then this is the place for you.  Here, the bustling scene is more important than the food. There’s great views of the boat basin—and if you’re lucky of smashing sunsets over the Hudson River.

W 79th St in Riverside Park

3.  Café du Soleil. It’s unbearably noisy inside.  That means the sidewalk café—yes, there are blaring car horns and the roar of the M-104 bus—is by comparison an oasis of tranquility.

104th St. and Broadway.

4.  Bello Giardino. There’s a charming backyard patio adorned with a grape arbor.

71 W. 71st St., nr. Columbus Ave.

5.  Henry’s. For well-prepared American fare like burgers, salads and steaks, Henry’s fits the bill.  You can sit on the patio and watch the usual mélange of Upper West Side types walk by—from moms pushing strollers to packs of Columbia students.

2745 Broadway, at 105th St.

6.  Isabella’s. It’s the scene at this neighborhood Italian. Sit yourself down in their sidewalk cafe across from the Museum of Natural History if you want to see and be seen.

359 Columbus Ave., at 77th St.

7.  La Rural. The steaks are surprisingly tender and affordable at this Argentine grill which sports a garden for warm weather dining.

768 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 97th St.

8.  Nice Matin. This is where the famed five napkin burger originated, and there are Provencal themed choices as well. The sidewalk cafe is always bustling at this busy Upper West Side corner.

201 W. 79th St., at Amsterdam Ave.

What’s your favorite Upper West Side outdoor dining spot?

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