W Houston St to Gansevoort St
Devoted to pedestrians, the esplanade runs uninterrupted the entire length of Greenwich Village. Walk, run or sit by the river and enjoy the spectacular views and beautiful lawn areas. Christopher Street Fountain is the favorite meeting place. The fountain is strategically located to be seen from multiple points. Cool off and people-watch from the seating that encircles the fountain.
The Bow Notch just north of Pier 46 is a vestige of the river’s past as a bustling commercial waterfront: in the nineteenth century, as boats grew longer the piers also needed to be extended, but could not exceed a length of 1000 feet due to federal law. Instead of adding onto the pier, land was excavated to make way for large vessels.