Remember that fantastic sense of freedom you felt when you first rode a bike sans training wheels? The wobbly exhileration? For a bit of two-wheeled nostalgia, ride a bike in New York City. It’s as if the whole world has opened itself up to you, and trust me, when you’re racing a taxi on a cobblestoned street to squeeze past the double-parked delivery truck (which you miss hitting by 4 inches) ten feet in front of you, that exhileration comes wooshing back. Finding myself unhindered by subway schedules, traffic, and distance on foot (ahem, I rarely travel above 42nd St), I spent the weekend crossing the city at will like a kid who has realized she has no boundaries. I was also like a kid in a candy store…when you can get around thrice as fast, brunch in Brooklyn and drinks on the Hudson doesn’t seem so crazy. Here, a pictorial….
Breakfast….ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo
Lunch…picnic on the Hudson River
Late Afternoon Snack….after a long ride up to Columbia University, we were thirsty, and hungry, again.
HOW TO DO IT:
Metro Bicycles. Rentals from $35 a day. Various city locations, get more info here.
Bubby’s in Brooklyn. There’s one in Tribeca too, serves up consistently tasty American food, known for their pies and incredible biscuits. 1 Main St. in Dumbo. www.bubbys.com
Farmer’s Market. 1 Main St at entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Learn more here.
Olive’s. Simple, fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads, and baked goods for takeaway. 120 Prince St. www.olivesnyc.com
Frying Pan. One of my favorite outdoor bars, literally sits on out on Hudson River. No fuss, good food and drink and the perfect sunset. Read more here.
NYC Waterfalls. This art project by Olafur Eliasson is on display until October, and the waterfall underneath the Brooklyn Bridge is simply beautiful. Learn more here.