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Tips for Biking in Manhattan NYC

Monday, June 24, 2013
By steven

You can bike over any of the borough bridges except the Verrazano. The Williamsburg Bridge has the steepest incline and is the toughest to get used to. The Manhattan Bridge and Queensborough bridge are fairly easy. The Brooklyn Bridge is super scenic, but not well designed and labeled and very narrow so you will... »

How to Take Your Bicycle on the NYC Subway

Friday, September 14, 2012
By steven

How to take your bike on the MTA train: a step by step guide from 4+ years personal experience.  Works best with road bikes you can lift and carry like a shoulder bag while on stairs. Lift and carry down stairs to station attendant area. Wave to station attendant so they can see you... »

Route & Plan a Fail-Safe Bike Adventure!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
By steven

Cross-referencing is everything, and I’ll give you a quick overview of how I do as much pre-visualizing as possible before embarking to an area I’ve never been to before. 1. Google Maps – I use their mostly-reliable bike path trip planner. Route your to and from and then click on the bicycle icon (it’s... »

Bike To: Inwood Park & The Cloisters for the best empanadas and wraps in town

Sunday, October 18, 2009
By steven
Bike To: Inwood Park & The Cloisters for the best empanadas and wraps in town

The northernmost tip of Manhattan is hardly level ground to walk on. At the top of Fort Tryon Park is The Cloisters, a gothic abbey made from 5 dissembled European buildings. Up in the hills of the adjacent Inwood Hill Park, hike through Manhattan’s only remaining native forest with dropping views of the Hudson,... »

How to: Recover from an opening car door

Sunday, August 23, 2009
By steven
How to: Recover from an opening car door

At 10:30pm tonight, a guy in a taxi full of his girlfriends swung his passenger side taxi door open and I ate it. This is a full (and sorry, lengthy) guide about what you can do to protect yourself in this number one danger of riding bikes in the city, and how to recover... »

How to: Cross the Queensboro Bridge (for Brooklynites)

Saturday, August 22, 2009
By steven

The quickest way to bike into uptown Manhattan (UES, UWS, upper midtown, Central Park) is via the Queensboro Bridge. It takes me 45 minutes from Williamsburg to any point in Central Park, which is the same as taking the subway yet *much more scenic*. It’s beautiful and brightly lit at night, and it’s fun... »

How to: Cross the Williamsburg Bridge for Williamsburgers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
By steven

A recommendation to current bikers: If you live in North Williamsburg, take Roebling Street over Grand Street. How to Take Roebling Why Grand St is worse How to Take Roebling If you live off Bedford or in Greenpoint... »

Bike To: Governors Island for colonial mystery and weekend festivals

Monday, August 17, 2009
By steven
Bike To: Governors Island for colonial mystery and weekend festivals

If you’re looking for a quick bike getaway from New York and a breath of air, Governors Island is your five minute ferry ride into a time warp. Ivy league-looking row houses meet colonial battleground at this former military base. They’ve got weekend concerts, art installations, and free 1 hr bike rental Fridays! Bikes... »

Bike To: Prospect Park for Franklin Beer Garden & Jamaican Patties

Friday, August 14, 2009
By steven
Bike To: Prospect Park for Franklin Beer Garden & Jamaican Patties

Spend a summer day at Prospect Park followed by more relaxing at the Franklin Park beer garden, topped off with yummzy affordable Caribbean (Jamaican) food a few blocks northeast of the park. Both are at the intersection of St Johns Pl & Franklin Ave. »

How to: Cross the Manhattan Bridge

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
By steven
How to: Cross the Manhattan Bridge

The most confusing part is getting off. While thinking off-hand which bridge would be easier to cross: the Brooklyn Bridge with its row of wooden plank boards, confused tourists, and angry shouting bikers.. or the Manhattan Bridge whose only entrance seems to be a giant arch with a highway spilling out of it, I’ve... »

Bike To: Flushing, Queens for Dim Sum

Sunday, August 9, 2009
By steven
Bike To: Flushing, Queens for Dim Sum

Did you know you can bike to Flushing’s Chinatown in the same amount of time it takes to bike into Manhattan’s Chinatown? It’s seriously a lot closer than you imagine, and a worthwhile change in scenery. I had a dim sum date this morning with Y. & R. from Ramen & Friends in Flushing... »

The great adventure: really damn lost in Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By steven
The great adventure: really damn lost in Brooklyn

I decided to journey out this afternoon to enjoy the weather before the rain came. Destination? Bedford waterfront to read. Too bad I couldn’t find the waterfront and ended up going south, eventually wandering my way to Prospect Park. Overjoyed at the pretty nature, and aghast at the angry people thrashing about in it..... »