Wednesday, August 21st,
Wednesday, August 28th,
and Wednesday, September 4th, 10:15 am - 5:00 pm
Don’t be like the rest of the US Open crowd and take the #7 train out to Flushing Meadows while missing
the treasures that can be found below! Discover worlds within a city as you pedal through
the most diverse place on earth!
While this tour covers more than just tennis, you’ll be astounded by the tennis history that is tucked
away "just a short lob over the net" from Flushing Meadows. Tennis stories abound about John McEnroe,
Arthur Ashe, Billy Jean King, Andre Agassi, Estee Lauder, and others. We’ll even visit tennis scenes
made famous in movie the The Royal Tenenbaums and Alfred Hitchcock’s tennis thriller, Strangers on a
Train. The tennis highlight of this tour will be the gorgeous grounds of the original US Open where the
tournament was held for over 60 years, also home to 10 Davis Cups- the most in tournament history!
The rest of the ride will be a tour around the world as we pedal through Little India, roll through the
largest Chinatown in New York, and watch Italians play bocce in "Spaghetti Park" while eating famous
Lemon Ices (to clarify, we eat the Ices while the locals play bocce!). We’ll ride down a street
referred to as "Bukharian Broadway," in reference to the unique Orthodox Jewish community that immigrated
to this area from Central Asia. We’ll ride through vibrant streets filled with waves of immigrants from
Ecuador, Greece, Eastern Europe, Columbia, Mexico, the Philippines, Tibet, the Dominican Republic,
Africa, and the Caribbean. Yes, Queens is truly a world within a borough and the opportunity to interact
with such a variety of ethnicities while riding through beautiful neighborhoods and parks is something
you will never forget.
Amidst this residential mosaic we’ll hear fascinating tales that relate to US History, the Declaration of
Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the World’s Fair. And, you’ll be shocked at how many athletes,
musicians, and celebrities called Queens home. We’ll visit movie and television studios, hear musical
renditions from Louis Armstrong, and find the "schoolyard" where Paul Simon, Julio, and Rosie (Queen of
Corona) called their stomping ground. By the end of the day you’ll be convinced that Queens was and is
the residential breeding ground for some of the world’s most gifted/talented people!
Of course, a visit to Queens without making multiple snack stops featuring a variety of ethnic treats.
(Food cost not included.)
This tour costs $95 per person which includes the bike, the helmet, and the guides. This tour meets near
the first stop on the #7 train in Queens (exact meeting point will be sent after reservation is made).