Bike up to 15 miles on bike paths and city streets, crossing 2 bridges, each with a dedicated bike path.
At the hotel.
After breakfast, we will head over to the bike shop to pick up our bikes for the day. With stops for commentary along the way, we ride through some of the ethnic neighborhoods that create the unique mosaic of New York City. We begin in Manhattan at the base of the Queensborough Bridge with spectacular views of the Roosevelt Island Tram and the famed 59th Street Bridge. After crossing the bridge, we bicycle down the East River Coastline taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline along the way. As we enter Brooklyn, we have a first hand opportunity to appreciate more of the fascinating nature of the city. Cycle through Greenpoint, a vibrant Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn that keeps its roots with a sense of pride, food, and language. Here you see how New Yorkers live outside the frantic pace and congestion of Manhattan.
By any other name, there are delis throughout the city and especially in ethnic neighborhoods that cater to local tastes. For lunch today we eat at a Polish delicatessen to enjoy traditional foods.
We continue our journey, bicycling through Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood where Hassidic Jews continue their centuries-old practices as the most religious of Eastern European Jews. As we pedal on its main street and its side streets, you will find it hard to believe we are in 21st Century New York City. Here we learn about the traditional culture and how it has adapted to the broader American society on its own terms. We ride back over the Williamsburg Bridge and up the newly improved East River bike path. Our biking day ends in Lower Manhattan. After leaving our bikes there, we return to the hotel via subway.
Enjoy an early farewell dinner with new Road Scholar friends.