Tour D - Secret Streets
From High Finance to Hidden Chinatown
Tuesdays, 10:15 am - 5:00 pm, $99
Get ready for a true New York bike tour that has you smack in the middle of New York City’s action. First, we head past Union Square, the place of every protest, from basic to bizarre. Next, we’re in Greenwich Village at the Stonewall Inn, symbol of the Gay Liberation movement. From “the Village,” we ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where we are caught up in the frantic pace of high finance. Bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the fluctuation of the stock market. Then to Ground Zero, to experience that tragic day and the agonizing months that followed. In typical New York fashion, the city has bounced back. The new Number 7 World Trade Center, with its amazing streaming video, captures this sense of optimism.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll learn the story of this architectural wonder. Once in Brooklyn we’ll find tranquility, colorful life, spectacular views, and some amazing history of an underground railroad stop. We’ll discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems.
If the Brooklyn Bridge is New York’s heart, the Manhattan Bridge is its pulse, which we ride over into busy Chinatown. On one street secret meetings were held to overthrow the dynasties of China. On another, an alley leads to the site of one of New York’s strangest gang fights. Dim Sum cafes, street signs stacked one behind the other, and Chinese funeral parlors-they’re all there.
Our final stop has us coming face to face with our ever changing city. Here we ride through a thin strip of territory that was once a very big "Little Italy." As waiters serving pasta and saltimbocca from open air cafes pause to salute us, we realize that only one floor above, other residents are burning incense and setting fruits aside as offerings to Buddha.
Our return to the bike shop allows us time to reflect and realize something very special. Wow, we’ve just conquered the Big Apple!
This tour leaves every Tuesday, year-round, weather permitting, at 10:15 am, a few blocks from Union Square in Manhattan (precise address will be given after booking is made). It is approximately 14 miles and will last about 7 hours.
The $99 cost includes the bike, a helmet, the licensed tour guide in front and “sweep” in back (food and drink extra; $10 less with your own bike).