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THE TRIPS:

BROOKLYN BRIDGE STATEN ISLAND............APPROXIMATELY    26 MILES     45 KM.     8 HOURS

This trip includes 14 Brooklyn neighborhoods. Take a stroll through the Sculpture Garden at Pratt Institute, founded in 1887 by Rockefeller's partner, Charles Pratt, the first distiller of kerosene. Two former students of Cezanne were the original instructors. We'll pass along Greenwood Cemetery, final destination of over 600.000 people, Brooklyn Chinatown, and the Brooklyn Promenade, one of the loveliest vistas of the city. Onward to the Fulton Ferry, where there were crossings until 1924. (at its peak, there was one every five minutes). Some unbelievable views from the Brooklyn Bridge, over to Wall street, and past the former customs house (now home of the Museum of the American Indian) where the first class passengers skipped Ellis Island. We'll take the ferry to Staten Island. Lunch at a Sri Lankan restaurant , then back to Battery Park City, Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal) (Robert Deniro owns about 5 restaurants there). We'll pass by a myriad of courthouses and Chinatown on our way back to the Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn.

Price: 115 usd per person including bicycle

CENTRAL MANHATTAN INCLUDING HARLEM ...... APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES 40 KM 8 HOURS

Across Greenpoint, the northern border of Brooklyn and homeland of the late, lamented dialect of Brooklynese (Greenpernt), we cross the Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City and over the 59th St. Bridge into Manhattan. After a coffee stop at JAVA GIRL, one of New York's most captivating cafes, we continue up the east side past the 79th street townhouse of former Mayor Bloomberg all the way to north Harlem. New York is GREEN! Check out the waterfalls in Morningside Park just below Columbia University. After a Carribean Latino lunch we drive through Central Park all the way to Columbus Circle at 59th. And from there, right down Broadway through Times Square, the Fashion District, the Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and back over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn. This trip also includes a stop at a wonderful Italian Cafe in the Village…..

Price: 125 usd per person including bicycle


CONEY ISLAND TOUR ............ APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES 60 KM 9 HOURS

This tour passes through 17 different neighborhoods and includes a winding excursion through Prospect Park, completed around 1873, designed by Olmstead and Vaux , also the architects of both Central and Riverside parks. Besides its seven baseball fields and Zoo, Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn's only lake. Montgomery Clift is buried in the Quaker cemetery here. We'll have a coffee in Windsor Terrace where until recently property was owned by the English Royal family. As we cruise to the beach we pass the site of the first bike path in the US, constructed in 1895. Onward to Avenue Z and Sheepshead Bay. Lunch at a Russian Bistro in Brighton Beach aka Little Odessa. Bring your bathing suit and a towel. There's time for an ocean dip. On our way back, after a ride on the bike path under the Verrazano Bridge alongside the harbor, we'll stop for an ice cream at one of the last remaining old fashioned ice cream parlors in the city.

Price: 125 usd per person including bicycle

MIDTOWN RIVER TOUR……………. APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES 33 KM. 7 hours

The Midtown River Tour makes a kind of ellipse around the East River with an excursion into midtown including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, 5th Ave. at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Park Ave. at the Waldorf. We'll ride over the Ward's Island Bridge and scope out the golfers on Randall's Island. From there its across the RFK Bridge to a fantastic lunch in Queens; the absolutely best burgers in the city!! Queens is home to people from more than 120 countries. In Astoria, home to a large Greek population, we will savor the magnificent views of Manhattan under the Hell's Gate Bridge designed by Gustav Lindenthal, also the author of the Queensboro. On to Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park and the Pulaski Bridge back to Brooklyn.

Price: 115 usd per person including bicycle


THE BRONX via LONG ISLAND CITY AND MANHATTAN’S EAST SIDE............APPROXIMATELY 28 MILES 45 KM 8 HOURS

This trip visits 4 brIdges and traverses 9 parks. Riding across North Brooklyn, Queens and the East Side of Manhattan, we venture upon the South Bronx along the Grand Concourse ( modeled on the Champs-Elysees and opened in 1909). (I was born there). Then up to the fabled Arthur Ave. where we stop for a pizza and take in NY’s true Little Italy. In to Crotona Park, on to Charlotte Street, site of the relentless devastation of the 1970's and presently an enclave of suburban style housing. Heading back south through through the historic Longwood section and the really lovely St. Mary’s Park, we cross over the RFK Bridge to Wards Island in the middle of the East River, then back through Queens and Brooklyn to Williamsburg.

Price: 130 usd per person including bicycle

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