It’s Saturday, which must surely mean there’s rain in the forecast. (Again.)
We’re not deterred.
This time we took the opportunity to take in the sights of Upper Manhattan.
Unusual home on a cliff:
The Grecian Inspiration Point:
The Billings Road Viaduct:
Crossing over now to the east side, we find a little bit of Boston on the Harlem River:
Did you know? We once briefly shared residency in a building – 935 St. Nicholas Ave. in Sugar Hill – with the great Duke Ellington. (Not contemporaneously.)
And finally, the beautiful homes off of Dorrance Brooks Square, bounded by by West 136th and 137th Streets, St. Nicholas, and Edgecombe Avenues:
It was wet, so we grabbed the rain bike.
Our journey begins here, on the Shore Parkway Greenway in Brooklyn, New York:
which passes under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island, New York.
The Greenway ends, depositing us into New York City outer borough traffic. There’s less congestion (not to mention cycling infrastructure) here than in Manhattan, so cars are more than happy to whiz past. (Three feet rule? What three feet rule?)
On the other hand, it takes us through Coney Island:
including the Cyclone:
until we’re finally back on the Greenway. Serenity now!
Stopping for a lie-down:
Gerritsen Creek—dirty and urban but still somehow managing to be beautiful, a bit like New York City itself:
Leaving Brooklyn finally:
and headed toward Queens:
until we finally reach Broad Channel, Queens for the last leg of our “rails n’ trails” journey. This isn’t a flattering view of the Broad Channel Wetlands, but you can just make out the lower Manhattan skyline on the horizon:
Broad Channel Station. The short journey between Broad Channel and neighboring Howard Beach is, in our view, the nicest in the NYC subway system—like Venice in New York.
A great way to spend a Saturday morning, weather and all.