May is Bike Month in the US – there’s never been a better time to take to two wheels and explore New York. Here are some of our personal highlights.
Art in the park
Take in the public art with a leisurely cycle through the iconic Central Park. There are artistic installations to suit all tastes – explore a little and you’ll be able to spot a 3,500 year old Egyptian obelisk, the Graffiti Wall of Fame and a life-sized rotating aeroplane.
Be sure to take a sturdy bike on the 26-mile Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which leads from the Bronx all the way up to Croton Lake in the Hudson Valley. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop off and explore, either with a stroll at the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, or by visiting a Saturday Farmers’ Market at Hastings-on-Hudson.
The Bronx’s hidden fishing village
For an urban adventure, head up the Hudson River Park from Pier 84 to City Island. With a fishing village feel, the island is a quaint outpost of New England in the Bronx. Treat yourself to a homely seafood meal at The Black Whale before heading back on the subway.
To get a feel for the best of Brooklyn chic, take a trip from Williamsburg down to the waterfront at Red Hook. At only six miles, the route is great for a leisurely pedal, taking in tree-lined boulevards, artisan coffee shops and Brooklyn’s boho flea markets.