Ride photos

It has been raining a lot here in NYC, so this is all we’ve been riding.

We’re not mad (mostly).

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Uptown ride photos

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:

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The Grecian Inspiration Point:

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The Billings Road Viaduct:

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Crossing over now to the east side, we find a little bit of Boston on the Harlem River:

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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.)

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And finally, the beautiful homes off of Dorrance Brooks Square, bounded by by West 136th and 137th Streets, St. Nicholas, and Edgecombe Avenues:

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Giving this newfangled “cyclo-touring” thing a try

It was wet, so we grabbed the rain bike.

Our journey begins here, on the Shore Parkway Greenway in Brooklyn, New York:

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which passes under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island, New York.

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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:

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including the Cyclone:

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until we’re finally back on the Greenway. Serenity now!

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Stopping for a lie-down:

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Plum Beach:

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Gerritsen Creek—dirty and urban but still somehow managing to be beautiful, a bit like New York City itself:

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Leaving Brooklyn finally:

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and headed toward Queens:

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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:

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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.

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A great way to spend a Saturday morning, weather and all.

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This is our early ’70s Mercier 300 fixed gear conversion. With all the fat excised and a lightweight modern wheelset fitted, it weighs in on the bathroom scale at 18.5 lbs, which makes it the lightest bike we own. Not bad for an old steel frame (albeit Reynolds 531) pushing 50.

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Fenders (mudguards) will be going on soon, however, which is almost a shame given how lean and mean it is as it currently sits.