Two Wheels, Three Boros | Biking New York City

Two Wheels, Three Boros | Biking New York City

Two Wheels, Three Boros | Biking New York City

by | Jul 28, 2021 | Lifestyle

Summers are synonymous with the two-word American escape known as the road trip. But, New York City is blessed with superb bike routes that call for a good playlist and a delicious snack at completion. Below are 3 bike routes to jump start your love of cycling again.

Roosevelt Island
Accessible from Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is a tranquil oasis nestled in between these two famous NYC boros. The slender strip of land which is also home to recently built Cornell Tech, will relax you with considerably less cars, lush landscaping, and the adjacent East River. Visit the southern tip of the Island and venture to Four Freedoms Park for box seat vistas of Midtown and the Upper East Side. We encourage you to do one loop around the entire island as it is only 2 miles long to appreciate the incredible 360-views to load your camera roll with Insta-worthy pictures. After an afternoon cycling, have a delicious lunch or dinner at the stylish Anything at All at Graduate Roosevelt Island – a forward-thinking hotel designed by Snøhetta and Stonehill Taylor featuring menus created by New York City natives Med Abrous and Marc Rose.

Start your journey at the southern tip of Long Island City – the Pulaski Bridge – the small connector that joins Queens to Brooklyn. Riding through trendy north Brooklyn and then into the Lower East Side, the Pulaski to Williamsburg Bridge path also features the commercially boutique Manhattan Avenue until Noble Street. From here, you can go to Lorimer Street to head to lush McCarren Park for a loop before Driggs Ave, or you can bypass the park entirely and ride the Kent Avenue bike path for some excellent wall and street art to the Williamsburg Bridge at South 5th Street over into the Lower East Side. Whichever path you take, the Manhattan views will not disappoint.

Hudson River Greenway
The Far West Side of Manhattan has been dramatically transformed thanks to developments such as Hudson Yards and various skyline-altering micro-neighborhoods. With this pristine landscape formed, part of the concrete has involved a smoothly paved bike path that showcases ethereal sights of the Hudson River. Opening up formally in the rapidly evolving West Chelsea, the route offers unparalleled perspectives all the way up to the Cloisters and Fort Tyron Park.