Events

Hudson River Waterfront South Walk

Event date:
2- 1-2015 8:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Paul Kiczek
Phone:
973-214-1811

Here’s an opportunity for a challenging winter’s walk, 20-mile walking event that runs close to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line which provides an easy way to return and options to do less if you choose, along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront all the way from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne.

This is the first of special walking events which we call a “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations participate independently and together as we walk toward our goal. We will walk where we can along developing trails of the Liberty Water Gap Trail and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. Show your perseverance and your dedication by walking with the FreeWalkers and join us for a celebration of walking at the Zeppelin Hall afterwards. 

Meeting: Outside Zeppelin Beer Hall and walk into Liberty State Park along Audrey Zapp Drive to the magnificent “Empty Sky" memorial where we will meet with all groups and participants at 9:00 a.m. then along the promenade at the water’s edge. There’s outstanding views of New York City, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Directions: Zeppelin Hall (Start & Finish)Street: 88 Liberty View Dr.  Jersey City.  Path train to Grove St.  Light rail to Jersey Ave. For other route options click on the route map.

This is a joint hike sponsored by Freewalkers.  You may register for this event through their registration process: Freewalkers Registraion

 

 

 

Impromptu Walk: Hempstead Lake State Park

Event date:
2- 8-2015 10:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
J Socolick
Phone:
516 359 1591
Email:
Finch1149@gmail.com

6-7 miles moderate. Walk 1/2 miles through streets before getting to park.

 Meet leader at Rockville Centre LIRR station. Train gets there at 10:38 am, will leave 10:45 am. Check www.mta.info or 718-217 LIRR. Give yourself an hour from NYC. Bring lunch and water, will come back to same spot. Leader J Socolick 516 359 1591 serious calls only, email preferred This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Meet at down-stairs meeting room. Cancelled if raining/snowing. Nonmembers: $3. 

 

Museums Around Central Park

Event date:
2- 8-2015 1:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ken King and Phyllis Spisto
Phone:
Ken King 631-991-8170, cell 516-238-7694 (day of hike only); Phyllis Spisto 516-547-0497
Email:
Ken King, nhochike@optonline.net

Depending on weather we will either do the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at 91st or walk north on the east side of the park to end at 103rd St, where will end at either the Jewish Museum or the Museum of the City of New York. Call if weather doubtful; hike may be canceled for rain, snow, or excessive cold and wind. Bathrooms, lunch, snacks, beverages available. Joint with NHOC, a long Island club.  Optional Dinner After.  Bring Lunch, Snack Water. MEMBERS ONLY. No dogs on hike.

Meet at 1pm in Lobby of the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 E. 90th Street, just across from the park entrance at 90th St and Fifth Ave

 

Sheepshead Bay to Prospect

Event date:
2- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
2- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

 Dedicated to Mike Pollack. Walk from Sheepshead Bay to Prospect Park past interesting things including several associated with Mike Pollack's hikes.  8-12 essentially flat miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and park paths.  Bring lunch, snacks and water.  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.   Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain. 

Westside Shore Walk

Event date:
2- 22-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267
West Side Shorewalk, about 5 miles.  Shore walk along the Hudson River Path.  Bring lunch and water.
  
Meet at 11 A.M.  Take #1, 2 or 3 train to 72nd St. subway stop. Call leader, Ellen at 212-861-4267 to confirm.

Impromptu Hike: The Great Manhattan Bridge Walk

Event date:
2- 28-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Walt Wright
Phone:
917 783 6540
Email:
waltercwright@yahoo.com

 

Start at GW Bridge, end at Brooklyn Bridge.  We will walk for about 12 hours and cross over all 16 bridges leading off Manhattan Island that can be crossed by foot.The entire route will be 27+ miles of walking, plus two or three bus/subway rides. Bring water, sandwiches, snacks, and Metro Card.  Moderately paced, plus there may be a “fast group” for those who want to walk faster and farther. Walk will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow.

Meet: 9:00AM at at the GW Bridge Port Authority Bus Station, in Manhattan by the GW Bridge on Fort Washington between 178th and 179th streets, on the east side of the main floor, near the restrooms. (By subway, take A train to 175th Street, or 1 train to 181st Street).Contact leader the day before event if you have questions.

Audrey Munson Connect-The-Dots (Battery To Morningside Heights)

Event date:
3- 7-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
3- 7-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

Walk by sculptures depicting, or ascribed to be depicting, Audrey Munson (check her out on Wikipedia) from the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House to Columbia University.  12-15 essentially flat miles on city streets and park paths at a moderately brisk pace.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Meeting: E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

Roosevelt Island, Slow Paced

Event date:
3- 8-2015 11:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ken King and Phillis Spisto
Phone:
Ken: 631-991-8170; Phillis: 516-547-0497
Email:
Ken: nhochike@optonline.net

6 mi slow pace; no fast walkers please.   We will stop for lunch at the Roosevelt Island Town Square for Brunch, several restaurant choices, or bring lunch and eat outside on benches. After we will walk the footbridge from Roosevelt Island into the Astoria and onto the Astoria Waterfront, for magnificent views of the NYC skyline.  We will visit Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, and several smaller parks along the way, to Ditmars Blvd. for the Train back to Penn Station, and an optional dinner.  Bring Snack, Water,& Lunch. No Dogs. For question call leader morning ofhike only,  Members only  

Meet 11:15 Penn Station or 12N (before lunch) outside the “F” train on Roosevelt Island.

Walk Across New Jersey Part XII: Hoboken Terminal To Port Imperial Ferry Terminal

Event date:
3- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
3- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

Penultimate in a series of thirteen hikes crossing the Garden State.  From Hoboken Terminal walk a bit of the Hudson River waterfront and around Hoboken, then up to the top of the Palisades.  Wander around Union City and Weehawken then descend back to the waterfront to end at Port Imperial.   8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and park paths.  Mostly flat except the easy climb to the top of the Palisades.  Optional 2-3 mile extension to Manhattan by ferry then walking the new section of the High Line et al.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Meeting: E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place. Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

Port Washington to Sands Point Preserve

Event date:
3- 15-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Bill Wrublewski
Phone:
646-369-0279
Email:
summer.time101@verizon.net

Distance: 8 miles

Walk from Port Washington train station to the harbor, then along the harbor through Sands Point to the Sands Point Preserve to see the only remaining intact Gatsby-era estate. The 216 acre Sands Point Preserve is the former estate of the Guggenheim family.

Take the 9:18 a.m. LIRR from Penn Station to Port Washington, arrive at 10:05 a.m.  Fare: 16.00/11.00 senior, round trip

Meet leader at Port Washington LIRR train station. Heavy rain cancels.

$2.00 admission to the Sands Point Preserve.

Important: Bring lunch and water.

The Bridges & Waterways of New York's Central Park

Event date:
3- 21-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Matthew Brozyna
Phone:
917-912-9533

Distance: 8 miles

This is a moderately paced adventure under, over, around and through many of the amazing architectural wonders throughout Central Park. We begin our walk at the southwest tip of Central Park South and zigzag our way up the eastern half of Central Park to The Harlem Meer at 110th St. Then we circle back along the western half of the park and finish at Sheep's Meadow. Please bring water and lunch or snack for this fascinating 5-hour journey of approx. 8 miles. 

MEET: 9 AM sharp at the Atrium entrance to the Time Warner Towers Complex at 59th St. & Columbus Circle. Take the A, D or 1 train to 59th St. Rain or Shine! 

Cloisters, Fort Tryon, Inwood Hill Park

Event date:
3- 22-2015 11:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ken King and Phillis Spisto
Phone:
Ken: 631-991-8170; Phillis: 516-547-0497
Email:
Ken: nhochike@optonline.net

 3 to 5 mi, slow pace; no fast walkers please. Meet 11:15 Penn Station or 12noon (before lunch) at by the benches at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park on Margaret Corbin Circle (190 Street And Fort Washington Ave.). Walk to New Leaf Cafe for Restrooms, Optional Brunch ($20), or bring your own lunch and eat outside the Café.  We will then walk through Fort Tryon Park, to the highest point in Manhattan, and then to the Cloisters. Admission is “pay what you wish”. The Cloisters has a fine collection of medieval European art and statuary, housed in reconstructions from cloisters from France, Italy, and Spain. After the Cloisters we will go down the hill to Dyckman St and either end there, or go through Inwood Park, depending on lateness and how we feel.

Meeting: Take the "A" train to 190 St. and then the elevator up to Fort Washington Ave- or take the #4 bus directly to 190 St. and Fort Washington Ave.  Bring Snack, Water & Lunch. No Dogs.  Questions, call leaders on morning of hike.   Members only

Bronx: Beautiful trees, flowers of the Bronx Botanical Garden, Arthur Avenue and the Hall of Fame

Event date:
3- 28-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
Cell: 516-238-8073

Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours.

Meet at 9:00AM, exit at Bedford Park Boulevard  ( No.4, D train ).

We will walk down Bedford Park Blvd. to meet with the walkers arriving on the Metro North from Grand Central Terminal at 9:45AM. Entrance to the “Gardens” is free on Saturdays until 10:00AM. After a walk in the “Gardens”, we will walk west on Fordham Road to Arthur Avenue for lunch. We will then go to The Edger Allen Poe  Cottage on Grand Concourse and to the Bronx Community College  for the Hall of Fame. We will walk to the Burnside Station ( No. 4 train) to return to Manhattan.

Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens.  Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00 PM, if weather is a question.

New York’s West-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 1

Event date:
3- 28-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours. A walk that will guide you past the Museums and Cultural Institutions located on Manhattan’s west side.

MEET: 9 AM, above the gold statue of Prometheus between 49th and 50th Sts.-opposite 30 Rockefeller Center. Subway: Take the D or F train to 47-50th St.; the 6 train to 51st St.; the N or R train to 49th Street. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Heavy rain cancels.

BROOKLYN-QUEENS GREENWAY 2 Segments

Event date:
3- 29-2015 9:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
ack McCleland & Elizabeth Campbell
Phone:
718.478.2430 Cell: 347.586.6933
Email:
jgmwolf@gmail.com

Distance: Approx. 11 miles.

Meet: NE Corner of 80th Rd. and Kew Gardens Rd. Queens. 

We continue our Greenway walk through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Park, and ending in Cunningham Park.  Some hills.  Brisk, steady pace.  Bring lunch and water.  End at Cunningham Park for bus connection. Take the E or F train to Union Turnpike station.  We leave promptly  at 9:30.  Rain cancels.

Byram River Gorge

Event date:
4- 4-2015 9:25 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Mayer Wiesen
Phone:
516 671-2095

Moderate pace, about 6 miles, 4 hours.  Visit a rushing river in a hemlock gorge.  Maybe there will also be white snow, yellow sun, and a blue sky.  Bring lunch and extra pair socks; no smoking. Joint hike with Outdoor Club and NY Hiking Club.

MEET: 9:25AM Grand Central, Information Booth upper level.  Fare round trip $21 (senior $13). . Leader: Mayer Wiesen, 516 671-2095; call before 10:30 PM for further info.

Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock

Event date:
4- 5-2015 7:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Bill Wrublewski
Phone:
646-369-0279
Email:
summer.time101@verizon.net

Distance:13 to 15 miles.

Walk from Highlands, NJ into Sandy Hook and to Fort Hancock Historic District. Beautiful vistas of Highlands, NJ; Sea Bright, NJ; and Raritan Bay. Pass a 19th century life-saving station. View buildings in Fort Hancock from another era. See what a 19th century Army post looked like. No drop out points. Walk is linear; in and out.

Important: bring water and lunch. There is no place to buy lunch.

Take 8:00 a.m. Academy bus, Route 36 to Highlands, NJ, from Port Authority Bus Terminal, arrive Highlands, NJ at 9:23 a.m.

Meet: at commuter statue no latter then 7:45 a.m. Fare: $33.00/$16.50 seniors 62 and over, round trip.  Rain cancels.

The r/t fare may be a little high, but the beauty of the scenery is worth it.

Natural Beauty of Hudson River—Manhattan and Bronx

Event date:
4- 11-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
Cell: 516-238-8073

Distance: 6 miles, some hills, duration 4 to 5 hours. 

Meet: at 9:00AM at Fort Tryon Park. Take the “A” subway train to 190th Street (take the elevator up to park). We will walk over the Henry Hudson Bridge to Wave Hill. Bring lunch, water binoculars or camera with optical zoom lens. Heavy raincancels.  Call Friday evening until 9:00PM if weather is a question.                  

New York’s Museums and Cultural Institutions below Chelsea-Part 2

Event date:
4- 11-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours. A walk that will guide you past the Museums and Cultural Institutions located in Manhattan below Chelsea.

MEET: 9 AM in front of Whole Foods Market on 14th St at the southern end of Union Square Park. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Take the N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6, or L train to 14th Street/Union Square. Heavy rain cancels. 

Crack is Wack: Graffiti in New York

Event date:
4- 18-2015 8:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Nick DiNapoli
Email:
Nicholasdinapoli@hotmai.com

About 20 miles. Explore this international art form that uses the city as canvass from the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn to Dumbo Walls in Manhattan,  from Five Pointz in Long Island City to Crack is Wack in Manhattan, from professional artist to amazing amateur. Numerous drop off points. Bring water and lunch.

Meeting: 8:15.  Take L to Jefferson St. Meet at corner of Jefferson and Wyckoff Ave. in Brooklyn.  Please check website at hike list or with leader to make sure hike is on.

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