This bike ride offers a myriad of wonderful views and historical sites. I have made this ride a countless number of times, and never fail to encounter changes, which are part of the ever-improving New York landscape. We will ride through several historic, colorful neighborhoods:
Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg (on Saturday rides we will stop at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg on the return trip), DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Red Hook.
You should be a reasonably experienced bike rider, and the pace will be slow to moderate. The only incline we will encounter is on the Pulaski Bridge while crossing over from Queens into Brooklyn…it is not very steep and feel free to walk up the rise, as I frequently do. Although we will largely be riding on bike trails which are separated from vehicular traffic, we will be riding on some “shared” streets, which will be kept to a minimum. Preferably, you should bring your own bike, although there is a CitiBike kiosk nearby where you can rent a bike. If you decide to do so, you should familiarize yourself with the CitiBike procedures and should have rented a bike before we start the ride. There are a number of their kiosks along the route if you need to exchange bikes at 1/2 hour intervals. https://www.citibikenyc.com/pricing You should bring a bike helmet, a spare tire tube (I will have an air pump) and a bike lock, if you have one. The latter, however, isn’t really necessary as I don’t intend to leave the bikes unattended at any time. Never a wise thing to do in the city, even though “locked.” And most important of all…bring along a camera. The sights are spectacular.
The bike ride will start at 10:00 AM near the entrance to the NY Ferry stop at Hunter’s Point in Long Island City. The best way to arrive is either by ferry https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/ or by car. There are several reasonably priced parking garages nearby.
I am a retired partner from the New York office of KPMG Peat Marwick, and also spent 17 years as an accounting professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct, where I currently reside. Although I live in Ct, I regularly come into the city to bike, primarily in Brooklyn and Manhattan...frequently leading several biking friends through a myriad of wonderful views and historical sites which the city has to abundantly offer. I have been doing this for many years .