BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS, LOWER MANHATTAN. APPX. 20 MILES 33 KM. 7 HOURS
This trip includes 14 Brooklyn neighborhoods. Take a stroll through the Sculpture Garden at Pratt Institute, founded in 1887 by Rockefeller's partner, Charles Pratt, the first distiller of kerosene. Two former students of Cezanne were the original instructors. We'll pass along Greenwood Cemetery, final destination of over 600.000 people, Brooklyn Chinatown, and the Brooklyn Promenade, one of the loveliest vistas of the city. Onward to the Fulton Ferry, where there were crossings until 1924. (at its peak, there was one every five minutes). Some unbelievable views from the Brooklyn Bridge, and we're in Manhattan. From the East Side to the West Side and back to a great lunch in an ancient Chinese Tea Parlor….
PRICE: 125 USD including bike
CENTRAL MANHATTAN INCLUDING HARLEM ...... APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES 40 KM 8 HOURS
Across Greenpoint, the northern border of Brooklyn and homeland of the late, lamented dialect of Brooklynese (Greenpernt), we cross the Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City and over the 59th St. Bridge into Manhattan. After a coffee stop at JAVA GIRL, one of New York's most captivating cafes, we continue up the east side past the 79th street townhouse of former Mayor Bloomberg all the way to north Harlem. New York is GREEN! Check out the waterfalls in Morningside Park just below Columbia University. After a Carribean Latino lunch we drive through Central Park all the way to Columbus Circle at 59th. And from there, right down Broadway through Times Square, the Fashion District, the Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and back over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn. This trip also includes a stop at a wonderful Italian Cafe in the Village…..
Price: 125 usd per person including bicycle
CONEY ISLAND TOUR ............ APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES 60 KM 9 HOURS
This tour passes through 17 different neighborhoods and includes a winding excursion through Prospect Park, completed around 1873, designed by Olmstead and Vaux , also the architects of both Central and Riverside parks. Besides its seven baseball fields and Zoo, Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn's only lake. Montgomery Clift is buried in the Quaker cemetery here. We'll have a coffee in Windsor Terrace where until recently property was owned by the English Royal family. As we cruise to the beach we pass the site of the first bike path in the US, constructed in 1895. Onward to Avenue Z and Sheepshead Bay. Lunch at a Russian Bistro in Brighton Beach aka Little Odessa. Bring your bathing suit and a towel. There's time for an ocean dip. On our way back, after a ride on the bike path under the Verrazano Bridge alongside the harbor, we'll stop for an ice cream at one of the last remaining old fashioned ice cream parlors in the city.
130 USD including bicycle
MIDTOWN RIVER TOUR……………. APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES 33 KM. 7 hours
The Midtown River Tour makes a kind of ellipse around the East River with an excursion into midtown including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave. at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Park Ave. at the Waldorf. We'll ride over the Ward's Island Bridge and scope out the golfers on Randall's Island. From there its across the RFK Bridge to a fantastic lunch in Queens. Queens is home to people from more than 120 countries. In Astoria, home to a large Greek population, we will savor the magnificent views of Manhattan under the Hell's Gate Bridge designed by Gustav Lindenthal, also the author of the Queensboro. On to Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park and the Pulaski Bridge back to Brooklyn.
PRICE: 125 USD including bicycle
THE BRONX VIA THE WEST SIDE APPX. 36 MILES 60 KM. 8 hours
Over the Williamsburg Bridge across the Lower East Side through Soho and the Village with a stop at the High Lline. We then propel up along the Hudson River and cross into The Bronx at Yankee Stadium. Check out the"Fish Building" on the Grand Concourse, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1937. From there we go up to Little Italy for some Pizza. An then we head to Charlotte Street and into the South Bronx birthplace of HIP HOP… Crossing to Randall's Island via "The Connector," over the RFK into Astoria, Queens, onward to Long Island City, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.This is my newest Bronx idea…."The Connector" is a trip.
PRICE: 140 USD including bicycle