Pier 26 in lower Manhattan was recently renovated and is a super great place for a visit. In this shot of the far end of the pier you can see the upper and lower levels. The lower level is a human-engineered tidal estuary where school groups can study the ecology of tidal pools and the Hudson River. On the upper level, there are joggers, walkers and deck chairs for visitors to relax, read and enjoy views of the New Jersey shore. Along the pier one finds a series of environments from woodland to coastal grassland and maritime scrub. There are chaises for sun bathing, large swings in shaded gazebos, a sports court, an area for computer work while overlooking the river. Near the pier entry one finds a nice restaurant and free kayaking on weekends. On our visit, the pier was uncrowded and truly delightful.