Sunday, May 26, 2013
PATERSON FALLS RIDE
10:00 AM, GWB Bus Terminal, Fort Washington Ave & 178 St, (NE Corner), Manhattan, 30 miles, leisurely pace
We ride to one of the East Coast's wonders of the world, the Paterson Falls, and indulge in labor history at the turn of the century. Plan for several hours out of the saddle as we make stops in town and at a museum or two. Multiple early return options via NJ Transit.
SNUG HARBOR & CHINESE SCHOLAR GARDEN
10:00 AM, CITY HALL PARK, 20 miles
We'll take the PATH from the WTC to the wilds of N.J. Then bike down to and over the Bayonne Bridge to Staten Island, and our destination, Sailors Snug Harbor & the Chinese Scholar Garden, few miles farther. The sprawling, historic, beautiful former retirement home for sailors boasts buildings with truly breathtaking details. To put a cherry on top there is the Chinese Scholars Garden. Visit www.snug-harbor.org for details.
Monday, May 27, 2013
9:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 3 ride choices, 20-30 miles, easy to moderate pace
Imagine visiting dozens of war monuments throughout New York City on Memorial Day, paying our club's respects to fallen heroes from the American Revolution to Vietnam to Iraq. Many of the monuments are large and familiar; several are easily overlooked. Trippers will have a choice of 3 rides - Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens/Brooklyn. All three groups will visit memorials in lower Manhattan and then separate. The Manhattan ride (25 miles, easy pace) will visit numerous memorials in Central Park and along Riverside Drive, including the USS Maine Memorial at Columbus Circle, dedicated 100 years ago on Memorial Day, 1913. The Brooklyn ride (30 miles, moderate pace) will visit Cadman Plaza, Ft. Greene Park, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park and Cannonball Park. The Queens/Brooklyn ride (30 miles, quicker pace) will include visits to Astoria Park, Calvary Cemetery and Cypress Hills National Cemetery.
[CANCELED TO JOIN THE MONUMENTS RIDE]
9:30 AM, City Hall Park, 35 miles
Ya gotta love Jersey! It's got some really great stuff, including a fabulous view of the harbor. We'll enjoy the Hudson Fiord at the waterline, then from the GWB and finally from the majestic heights of the Palisades. Cruise through Hoboken, maybe imbibe after the ride. Cross the Hudson one more time and watch the sun go down on the most magnificent city that God ever allowed humans to create.
Saturday June 1, 2013
A FAMILY AFFAIR IN YELLOW HOOK
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza (Entrance to Prospect Park), Brooklyn, 30-35 miles, moderate pace
More Brooklyn neighborhoods, more excellent Brooklyn food, as we make our way through a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods, including the centers of three of the original six towns of Brooklyn, and eventually stop by the excellent Mediterranean food store in Bay Ridge known as THE FAMILY STORE to pick up lunch, which we'll eat in Owl's Head Park. Possible weather issues check the bulletin board early morning of the ride or follow billm45s on Twitter for an update.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
9:00 AM, NY AYH Hostel, 103rd St. & Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, 30 miles, leisurely pace
Tour the Bronx on the edge. Pass Yankee Stadium. Climb through Riverdale. Take bike paths through the woods. See a fort. And more. Bring lock and money for lunch.
KING GEORGE'S BIRTHDAY BIKE RIDE (A 5BBC Exclusive!)
10:00 AM, 72nd & Riverside; 10:45, 177th & Ft. Washington, 30 miles round trip, easy pace.
Today is King George's birthday, and if you are at all sad, as we are, about merry England and America parting ways in '76, you'll want to join us and other die-hard loyalists for a jaunt out to New Bridge Landing in Bergen County, NJ, where the old mad king will be given his long overdues. There will be minuets, demonstrations of 18th century beer brewing (was the old king into his cups?), and an enactment of the life and times of the lowly common Crown soldier, performed by the 4th Battalion of the New Jersey Volunteers. There's also the restored 18th century Black Horse Pub nearby where we'll raise our cups and hail sweet Britannia! Lunch is at Sanzari's New Bridge Inn, so bring $$$ and a donation to Bergen County Historical Society, which is running the event; optional train back from New Bridge.