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Urban Outdoor Adventures: Bicycling New York City

Program Number: 20943RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/23/2013 - 5/27/2013; 9/4/2014 - 9/8/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,395.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From Greenwich Village to Central Park, New York City is teeming with legendary landmarks that both inspire and educate — and there’s no better way to get to these icons than by bicycle! With local cycling experts, pedal your way through the Big Apple via low-traffic and traffic-free bike paths. Experience Manhattan’s most notable neighborhoods, ride along the Brooklyn Bridge and make your way through the trails of Central Park. Along the way, stop to explore the medieval art collections of The Cloisters, and take in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.




Highlights

• Discover Manhattan’s diverse architecture during a bike ride along the Hudson River on a traffic-free path.
• Ride along the loop of Central Park, stopping to take in sites including the little-known Conservatory Gardens and Harlem Meer.
• Spend a morning exploring the poignant 9/11 Memorial.



Activity Particulars

Biking 8-10 miles daily, mostly on bike paths, out of traffic.



Bikes and helmets provided.




Date Specific Information

5-23-2013, 9-4-2014

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Coordinated by Road Scholar.




New York City

The City That Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, The Big Apple: Whatever you call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s great centers for culture, food, finance, style and entertainment, from Broadway to the Bronx.



Accommodations
Hotel near World Trade Center with city views.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters: World Trade Center
  New York, New York 4 nights
 Club Quarters: World Trade Center
Type: Hotel
  Description: The first new hotel to open in the re-vitalized Lower Manhattan since 2001, Club Quarters, WTC has a quiet, club-like atmosphere located on the south side of the World Trade Center, it has unfettered views of the 9/11 Memorial Site and Reflecting Pools, and is within walking distance of the Financial District and the offices of New York’s major financial institutions Nearby neighborhoods include Tribeca, Soho, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Wall Street and Chinatown. Gold LEED Certified: Newly built to the highest environmental standard, Club Quarters, WTC offers guests smart design and technology without compromising comfort.
  Contact info: 140 Washington Street
(Between Albany and Cedar Streets)
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 212-577-1133
web: www.clubquarters.com/loc_WTC.php
  Room amenities: Latest design workstation with task lighting, ergonomic chairs Premium bedding and linens LCD TV 2-line speaker phone, cordless phone, direct dial number Room service – 24-hour multi menu delivery service Refrigerator stocking Alarm clock radio with iPod docking station Individual controlled heater/air conditioner Complimentary exercise equipment and yoga kits delivered to room
  Facility amenities: High speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel Complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and games Chilled, purified bottled water Use of computer/printer Universal Charging Stations Fitness Room Self-serve laundry facilities Exercise equipment delivered to room Guest Request Closet - containing most extra amenities a traveler may require
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD TBD
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD TBD
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm You will be staying at Club Quarters: World Trade Center that night.
  End of Program:
Programming will end at around 1100 am, but you will have the opportunity to cycle around the city on your own all day. You will be staying at Club Quarters: World Trade Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Standard Parking @ One World Financial Center 220 Albany Street, across West St. www.standardparking.com 212-786-9564 Valet Parking: $49 per 24hrs w/ in & out privileges Self-Parking: $37 per 24 hrs $10 extra SUV & oversized vehicles
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, New York
  From End of Program
  Location: New York, New York
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From JFK International Airport to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

   

Take the Airtran JFK monorail, making frequent stops at locations all around the airport, to the A train MTA subway stop "Howard Beach/ JFK Airport." From there, take the A train Manhattan bound to the Fulton St. Station. From the station it is a 10 minute walk or a short cab ride to the hotel. After exiting the station, head northwest on Fulton St, take a left on Broadway, right on Cedar St, left on Greenwich St, right on Albany St, then right onto Washington St. The Hotel will be on the left.

 

From LaGuardia Airport to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
numerous

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

From the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station to Club Quarters

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

   

Take the A or C train downtown and get off at the Fulton St subway stop. From the station it is a 10 minute walk or a short cab ride to the hotel. After exiting the station, head northwest on Fulton St, take a left on Broadway, right on Cedar St, left on Greenwich St, right on Albany St, then right onto Washington St. The Hotel will be on the left.

 

From JFK International Airport to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
numerous

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

From LaGuardia and JFK Airports to Club Quarters

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NYC Airporter
phone: 718-777-5111

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

When you arrive, please look for the NYC Airporter ticket sales counter outside of baggage claim, and at the Ground Transportation Welcome Centers at each Airport Terminal. Tickets may also be purchased online at NYC Airporter.com. Shuttles run every 20-30 minutes. Take Shuttle to GRAND CENTRAL STATION, then take the 4 or 5 train downtown to the Wall St. subway stop. After exiting the station, go down Rector St and take a right onto Washington St. The Hotel will be on your left.

 
Driving Directions
  From John F. Kennedy Airport to Club Quarters, World Trade Center Take the Van Wyck Expressway to Grand Central Parkway West. Stay on the right and exit onto the Long Island Expressway. Continue onto Midtown Tunnel. Pay toll. Follow signs for Downtown to FDR Drive South. Take FDR Drive to the end. Follow signs to West Street (North). Turn right onto West Street. Turn right onto Albany Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Hotel is on the left.
  From LaGuardia Airport to Club Quarters, World Trade Center Follow Grand Central Parkway towards Manhattan. Pay toll. Stay on left, following signs to FDR Drive. Take FDR Drive South to the very end. Follow signs to West Street (North). Hotel entrance is on West Street between Carlisle & Albany Streets. From Northwest: Follow I-95 North to the George Washington Bridge. Exit onto 9A The Henry Hudson Parkway South. Stay on Henry Hudson Parkway until the end. Henry Hudson Parkway becomes the West Side Highway. Follow West Side Highway to the end. West Side Highway becomes West Street. Continue on West Street South. Stay in the far right lanes and follow to the end. Make a left onto Battery Place, then another left to return to West Street. (You'll now be on the north bound lanes). Turn right onto Albany Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Hotel is on the left.
  From Newark Airport to Club Quarters, World Trade Center Follow signs to New Jersey Turnpike North. Follow to exit 14C (Holland Tunnel). Exit the tunnel and make first right hand turn onto Laight Street. Go 3 blocks and make a left onto West Street. Stay in the far right lanes and follow to the end. Make a left onto Battery Place, then another left to return to West Street. (You'll now be on the north bound lanes). Turn right onto Albany Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Hotel is on the left.
  From the North to Club Quarters, World Trade Center ake I-95 South, towards the George Washington Bridge. Exit before the GWB at Henry Hudson Parkway South (will turn into the West Side Highway). Stay in the far right lanes and follow to the end. Make a left onto Battery Place, then another left to return to West Street. (You'll now be on the north bound lanes). Turn right onto Albany Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Hotel is on the left.
  From the South to Club Quarters, World Trade Center Take the New Jersey Turnpike North (I-95) to the Holland Tunnel exit toll. Upon exiting the tunnel, make first right hand turn onto Laight Street. Go 3 blocks and make a left onto West Street. Stay in the far right lanes and follow to the end. Make a left onto Battery Place, then another left to return to West Street. (You'll now be on the north bound lanes). Turn right onto Albany Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Hotel is on the left.
Equipment Requirements: Bicycles and Helmets will be provided
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel Check-in available from 4:00 pm.
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff, pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag and up-to-date schedule, and other important information. Bike NYC is a new Road Scholar "Flex" program. It is different from other programs with more opportunities for you to dine out and explore on your own. Several meals have been excluded from the program cost and you will have substantial free time for personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Enjoy views of downtown New York City including the reflecting pools of the 9/11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, Manhattan’s harbor and the Verrazano Bridge while eating dinner at the hotel rooftop restaurant
 Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters: World Trade Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cloisters Museum/Cycling the Hudson River Greenway/Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a visit to the Cloisters Museum, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The museum was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. Following the Cloisters, the group will pick up their bicycles and helmets and cycle along the car-free Hudson River Greenway. You will ride through Riverside Park, past tennis courts, marinas, and ending at Pier 84.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at Pier 84.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided visit of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Following the visit, continue to cycle along the Hudson River Greenway to Battery Park. Along the way, view famous sights such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Also, experience some on NYC's most famous nieghborhoods-Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Battery Park City.
 Dinner: After you arrive at Battery Park, you are free to enjoy the evening and dinner on your own. Local restaurant recommendations will be provided.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters: World Trade Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: 9/11 Memorial Visit/Cycling Central Park
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: The group will begin the day with a moving experience at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, located next to the hotel. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001. Following this visit, the group will take the Subway to Columbus Circle to begin their time in Central Park.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Le Pain Quotidien, while listening to a lecture about Central Park.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon cycling around Central Park. Stops will include The Mall/Literary Walk, Bethesda Fountain, the Met/Cleopatra's Needle, Shakespeare Garden/Marionette Theater/Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields.
 Afternoon: When the group has finished cycling through Central Park, participants will have free time to explore the area on their own. They will have the opportunity to visit The Met, nearby Guggenheim or one of many other cultural institutions along the Museum Mile
 Dinner: Participants will have a chance to enjoy dinner on their own and experience New York's world-class dining.
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters: World Trade Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Cycling along the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: The group will begin cycling at Battery Park, through downtown to City Hall and across the Brooklyn Bridge.  You will be able to stop mid-bridge for a perfect picture opportunity. Along the way you will see Bowling Green, Wall Street, City Hall Plaza, and enjoy incredible views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge.
 Lunch: You will end your morning ride at the Brooklyn Bridge park, where you will enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants.
 Afternoon: Continue cycling through some of through Dumbo and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, as well as along New York Harbor. Enjoy the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, views of Governors Island, and all of New York Harbor. Once you are done cycling for the day, you will have the opportunity to take a ride on the NY Water Taxi, where it will take you close by the Brooklyn Bridge, over to South Street Seaport, around southern tip of Manhattan and close to the Statue of Liberty, then up the Hudson to Pier 84.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Club Quarters: World Trade Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wrap-up Lecture/MyWay Pass
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture at Battery Park. You will then have the opportunity to take advantage of cycling on your own throughout the city. There are various locations where you can pick up and drop off your bicycle and guides will be available to recommend routes for you. The hotel will be able to store your luggage for you if you would like ride all day.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New York, New York Time Out New York
New York's guide to theater, restaurants, bars, movies, shopping, fashion, events, activities, things to do, music, art, books, clubs, tours, dance & nightlife. Visit them online or pick up the current issue when you arrive in NYC. For additional information, visit www.timeout.com/newyork
  NYC Theater: Broadway, Musicals, Plays and more
Visit New York City Theater website to find shows, read reviews and buy tickets. Make a night of it and have Dinner and a Show (DAAS). Many restaurants in the Theater District offer pre-fix menu deals that offer great food, atmospheres and staff that will make sure you get to the show on time. Visit http://innewyork.com/daas/ for more details. For additional information, visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/
  Governors Island
Governors Island is slated to open for the 2013 summer season on May 25, Memorial Day weekend. Check the website for the weekend activities. There’s a 2.2-mile bike path, mini golf, a picnic area, plus military sites such as the Admiral’s House. Ferries leave from Battery Maritime Bldg, Slip 7, Lower Manhattan and from Pier 6 on Columbia Street, near Brooklyn Bridge Park. http://www.nps.gov/gois/index.htm For additional information, visit www.govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898


Author: Edwin G. Burrows & Mike Wallace


Description: To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and the home of millions of people, who have come from every corner of the nation and the globe. In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation.



The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge


Author: David McCullough


Description: This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nations history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible. So daring a concept as spanning the East River to join two great cities required vision and dedication of the kind that went into building Europes great cathedrals. During fourteen years of construction, the odds against success seemed overwhelming. Thousands of people were put to work. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, notorious political empires fell, and surges of public doubt constantly threatened the project. But the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge is not just the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, replete with heroes and rascals who helped either to construct or to exploit the great enterprise.



The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York


Author: Robert Caro


Description: One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today. In revealing how Moses did it--how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force--Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars--the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were--even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him--until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.



Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City


Author: Eric W. Sanderson


Description: On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It's difficult for us to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing, in words and images, the wild island that millions of New Yorkers now call home. By geographically matching an 18th-century map of Manhattan's landscape to the modern cityscape, combing through historical and archaeological records, and applying modern principles of ecology and computer modeling, Sanderson is able to re-create the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. Filled with breathtaking illustrations that show what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago, Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that gives readers not only a window into the past, but inspiration for green cities and wild places of the future.



Here is New York


Author: E.B. White


Description: Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White's stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America's foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and The New Yorker calls it "the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.



Up in the Old Hotel


Author: Joseph Mitchell


Description: Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old seafoodetarian who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades. These are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for The New Yorker and in four books McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould's Secretthat are still renowned for their precise, respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizensas depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.



Just Kids


Author: Patti Smith


Description: In Just Kids, Patti Smiths first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of workfrom her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.





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