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Partagée en deux régions et cinq départements, la Normandie s’étend de part et d’autre de la Seine sur 30 000 kilomètres carrés. Cet ouvrage est l’occasion de découvrir ou de rédécouvrir cette province, chantée par tant d’auteurs, célébrée par tant de peintres.

Hudson River Park West Village jeh. Bicycle and pedestrian paths, spanning the park north to south, open up the waterfront for recreational use. The park includes tennis and soccer fields, batting cages, children’s playground, dog run, and many other features. The parkland also incorporates several rebuilt North River piers along its length, formerly used for shipping. Hudson River Park connects many other recreational sites and landmarks. The Hudson River Park Trust is a partnership between New York State and New York City charged with the design, construction and operation of the four-mile Hudson River Park.

The trust operates on a premise of financial self-sufficiency, supporting the staff as well as the operations and maintenance of the park through revenue generated within the park by rents from commercial tenants, fees, concession revenues, grants and donations. Prior to American colonization of New Netherland, Native Americans lived on the shore of the southernmost portion of the Hudson River—where the park now is—seasonally, in a place called « Sapohanikan ». Later, oyster barges, which sold high volumes of oysters, opened along the Hudson River shore, within several North River piers. Because of their quantity, they were often sold at cheap prices, and immigrants to New York City often relied on eating oysters. In 1807, the first steamboat in passenger operation, Clermont, was launched from present-day Pier 45, in the West Village. By the late 19th century, the Slaughterhouse District was created along the Hudson River shoreline in present-day Hell’s Kitchen.