Criss-Cross Brooklyn and Shirley Chisholm Park
Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was a groundbreaking legislator, educator, and author. Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer, was the first African American Congresswoman, as well as the first woman and African American to run for President. She represented her Brooklyn district from 1968 to 2003. She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her extraordinary career is documented here.
After years of anticipation, Shirley Chisholm State Park is now open 365 days per year, 8 a.m. to dusk. It is fitting that Brooklyn's newest, largest park is named in Chisholm's memory. Remniscent of Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island, you'll love Shirley Chisholm State Park. The park is on 2 peninsulas, surrounded by the waters of Jamaica Bay. Like Fresh Kills, it was built on landfill and includes large hills. The newly paved bike path doesn't climb these hills (whew!) but they are very much in view as are the waters of the bay.
This ride includes neighborhoods you may never have visited, including Weeksville, Brownsville, New Lots, East New York, and Starrett City. Our return ride includes the Belt Parkway (Jamaica Bay) Greenway, Ocean Parkway, and Prospect Park.
NOTE: This ride is limited to eight (8) riders. We travel on city streets, not necessarily including bike lanes. Please be comfortable riding in traffic.
Important items: Check your email before setting out. Any ride changes will be emailed to registered riders by 8:00 AM. We will not be stopping for lunch pickup; bring your own food or be hungry. Face masks are required and must cover nose and mouth any time you are off the bike and near others. Please use the rest room before coming to the start as our first rest stop will be at mile 12.