The esplanade along the East River in downtown New York City is not on the tourist map, and it’s less of a destination for most Manhattanites than other, more stylish waterfront hangouts along the West Side. But for those locals in the deepest, farthest, eastern-most reaches of the East Village and Chinatown especially, the long stretch of waterfront paths and parks is an oasis for families, cyclists, BBQers, weekend soccer players and even recreational fisherman. It’s a perfect and incredibly scenic place to learn how to ride a bicycle, complete with training wheels, as the picture above shows. By the way, that’s the Williamsburg Bridge in the distance. It’s 110 years old and one of three bridges connecting downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn.