Tour I - East Side, West Side, But Not All Around the Town
The City's Just Too Big!
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, $99
On this bike tour, we’ll explore a bit of the fashionable East Side, traffic free Central Park, and the fascinating neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Harlem, East Harlem, and Morningside Heights.
The latter centers around Columbia University, the third oldest in the country and the most magnificent campus in the city, complete with one of the most recognizable sculptures in the history of the world. Nearby, we’ll also find the gorgeously gothic St John the Divine. This massive Cathedral (judge for yourself if it’s the largest in the world!) also offers us a chance to view some beautifully sculpted artwork on its grounds and façade.
In Central Park, we’ll access areas seldom visited by those just walking the park or biking the loop road. The Park’s three distinct Conservatory Gardens, of Italian, French, & English styles, will help to illustrate the breathtaking changes Central Park has undergone since the 1980s. And, of course, we’ll be sure to visit the must-see attractions, like Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, and much more!
Further east, we’ll find El Barrio, otherwise known as Spanish Harlem. Here, east of the elevated tracks, the streets, parks, and community gardens come to life with some of the city’s most vibrant Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Mexican communities. Discovering the 20th Century history of this formerly Italian neighborhood, truly helps to tell the story of modern day New York.
Instead of a more traditional lunch stop, we’ll be making a few stops for two of New York’s most iconic edibles-- bagels and pizza! Come bike & bite with us! (food cost not included)
This tour leaves Wednesdays, April through October, weather permitting, at 10:00 am, several blocks north of Central Park (a block from several major subway stations) (precise address will be given after booking is made). It is approximately 14 miles and lasts about 6.5 hours.
The $99 cost includes the bike, a helmet, the licensed tour guide in front and “sweep” in back ($10 less with your own bike).