By Seth Fera-Schanes
A bike is a great way to explore new areas of New York, especially after you have lived in the city for an extended amount of time. I have covered a lot of ground in this city by walking or with public transit but am discovering a bike opens up a lot of new adventures.
I recently decided to ride north starting from 100th street and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. I have included a few of the highlights from my trip below.
The James Bailey House – Located on 150th street and Saint Nicholas Place, this mansion is quite the standout. The Bailey is from the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
I kept riding north past the Bailey mansion, and came to a bike trail along the Harlem River that took me all the way up to Dyckman Avenue. This is a really interesting part of the trip and an area of the city I had never explored before.
Riding up a few more miles I came across the Peter Jay Sharp boathouse.
I finally ended up on Dyckman Avenue (way uptown.) I decided to mix up the trip and headed west so I could ride back down along the Hudson River.
Working my way through Washington Heights, I finally came to the George Washington bridge. You can actually ride across the bridge but this excursion had already been going on for a couple hours so I decided to postpone that for another time.
This was an excellent ride and definitely something to try out with friends on an early Saturday or Sunday morning.