Half the fun is getting there! Take the East River Ferry from Manhattan to south Williamsburg, then bike to Bushwick. On the ferry we will learn about the East River; it’s environmental history and the development along the Queens and Brooklyn shorelines. When we disembark, we will bike to Bushwick through Williamsburg. Along the way, we will see why Williamsburg has become too expensive for artists and youngsters to live in and make our way to Bushwick—the next neighborhood primed for gentrification. Bushwick still maintains a good deal of its Hispanic immigrant history with a nice mix of hipster coffee shops, eateries, art galleries and street art. The street art is more elaborate than anywhere in the boroughs, so bring your camera and enjoy the surprisingly exquisite free art on building facades.
Please note: The one-way ferry price of $2.75 is not covered by Local Expeditions. Participants must have a bike, a bike lock and a bike helmet. If you don’t have a bike, fear not! We can hook you up. Just let us know.
The East River Ferry Terminal at 34th Street. 34th Street and the FDR Drive. Nearest subway is Lexington Avenue 6 train at 33rd Street. From there it is a 10 minute walk to the river. Expedition Meeting time is approximately 10 minutes before the ferry is scheduled to leave.
Founder, Local Expeditions
Nancy Blaine has been a resident of New York City since 1983. In that time she has lived in Harlem, The East Village, the West Village, Soho and Park Slope. In that time she has worked in mid-town, Union Square, Madison Square Park, and near the Empire State Building. She is a daily bicycle commuter who has seen almost all of the sights that Manhattan and Brooklyn have to offer. In her long term career in higher ed publishing she has acquired texts in various disciplines including, History, Criminal Justice, English, Anthropology and Engineering. This has made her a life-long learner and traveler which, in turn, provided the true inspiration for Local Expeditions. Nancy has also been lucky enough to have a home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since 1995. Ask her about custom hiking and boat tours.