Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Bike Around Manhattan
I spent last Saturday biking around Manhattan
with my son and friends, led by my old college roommate, Alex Cigale.
Now living in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, near the
northern tip of the island, Cigale is an avid biker who commutes to
work in Midtown on two wheels and has biked atop every bridge out of
the city. Today, however, he was taking us around the perimeter of the
island on the 32-mile Greenway. Many riders have biked the 6-mile loop
around Central Park, but to really appreciate Manhattan, you have to
bike with the skyscrapers at your side around the entire island.
Thankfully, most of the loop is on bike trails, with the only detours
on city streets from 35th to 59th Street around the United Nations and
130th to 155 Streets, both on the East Side. The West Side is a
straight shot down on bike trails from Inwood Hill Park, under the GW
Bridge, into Riverside Park, past the condos of Trump City and the USS Intrepid carrier, and then around the World Financial Center, with the Statue of Liberty in view. Grab a Bike NYC map from any bike rental shop or Visitors Center and do this memorable day trip.
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