Events

The Great Saunter 2016

Event date:
5- 7-2016 7:00 AM
Members:
$20.00

See New York City like never before in the Shorewalker’s epic urban hike, The Great Saunter! On Saturday May 7th 2016 celebrate the 31st annual Great Saunter, covering 32-miles of beautiful waterfront and more than 20 parks along Manhattan’s incredible shorelines. Raise awareness of our parks, maintain the Westside promenades, restore the Eastside Greenway, redevelop the Harlem River, and connect the Greenway into a continuous path around the world’s most fascinating island! 

Membership and Participation

  1. Membership to Shorewalkers must be in current standing to participate in the Great Saunter (renewals are required for expired memberships on or before May 7, 2016).
  2. Online registration for the Great Saunter includes a one-year membership to Shorewalkers.
  3. Guests who register online before April 14, 2016 will receive their Great Saunter materials by US Mail to the address in your member profile.
  4. Guests who register after April 14, 2016 must bring their registration receipt to the Registration Site on the day of the event to receive their materials.
  5. Day of the event registration (participants who register on May 7th in person) for the Great Saunter will not include a membership or a renewal to Shorewalkers.
  6. All registrations by US Mail (renewals or new memberships) must be received by March 24, 2016 (6 weeks in advance of The Great Saunter) to allow time for processing.

Registration:  Follow this link to join Shorewalkers.  You may register for the Great Saunter at a future date:  https://shorewalkers.org/shorewalkers-hiking-club

Schedule:
7:00 A.M.     Registration Opens-at Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl Street--Broad Street; New York NY 10004)
7:30 A.M.     The Great Saunter begins!!!
9:30 A.M.     Late Registration (West 42nd Street & Hudson Greenway by the Circle Line Terminal) 
11:00 A.M    Pass beneath Riverbank State Park (West 138th Street--restrooms available on the upper level in the park)
12:00 P.M.   Break-The Little Red Lighthouse (at the George Washington Bridge/West 178th Street) 
1:00 P.M.     Break-Inwood Hill Park: near the flagpole (West 214th Street)
4:00 P.M.     Break-Carl Schurz Park on the East River Promenade (south side of the park at East 84th Street)
7:00 P.M.     Certificates handed out and celebrate your Saunter at Fraunces Tavern!

Westside River Walk

Event date:
5- 7-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
718 392 4645

This hike has been rescheduled to 5/8/16

Around 6-7 miles at a moderate pace mostly on paved streets. Starting from Riverside Park, and  walking along the path, and walk to waterfront to view a well-constructed pillars to sustain the promenades.  We will reach the elevated 1930's freight rail station, "High Line" which had been transformed in to a wild wonderland of the city wilderness. We will also walk to the west village to see flower garden of the St. Luke's church. There will be an optional late post-lunch snacks at a small Joe's pizza as well as Grom’s Ice Cream.

Meet 10:00A.M. @ 72nd & B'way, Trader Joe's lobby. Take #1,2,3 to 72nd street. Cost: Metro card fare. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Dress according to the weather.  Heavy rain or bad weather conditions cancels.Call for the walk status, no later than 9:30 P.M the week of walk only.

 

Westside River Walk

Event date:
5- 8-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
718 392 4645

Around 6-7 miles at a moderate pace mostly on paved streets. Starting from Riverside Park, and  walking along the path, and walk to waterfront to view a well-constructed pillars to sustain the promenades.  We will reach the elevated 1930's freight rail station, "High Line" which had been transformed in to a wild wonderland of the city wilderness. We will also walk to the west village to see flower garden of the St. Luke's church. There will be an optional late post-lunch snacks at a small Joe's pizza as well as Grom’s Ice Cream.

Meet 10:00A.M. @ 72nd & B'way, Trader Joe's lobby. Take #1,2,3 to 72nd street. Cost: Metro card fare. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Dress according to the weather.  Heavy rain or bad weather conditions cancels.Call for the walk status, no later than 9:30 P.M the week of walk only.

 

Shorewalk: Sheepshead Bay to Floyd Bennett Airfield

Event date:
5- 14-2016 9:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608
7+ miles, moderate-to-brisk pace. Combination of beaches and pathways. A visit to Hanger B, displaying many vintage WW ll aircraft(some in stage restoration) . Possible hike extension across the Marine Park Bridge.
 
Meet: 9:30am outside the Q/B Sheepshead Bay train station in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay Road exit). Bring lunch and water.  Call for hike status or information. Nonmembers $3.

Staten Island Ferry Ride and Visit

Event date:
5- 14-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 238-8073

This hike has been rescheduled to May 28th.

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit its many beautiful and interesting buildings.  Bring lunch, water, and binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens.

Group will return to “Ferry” at 3:30PM. Call Friday evening until  9:00PM.  We will go rain or shine.

Meet at 10:00AM and take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM ( the Ferry leaves on time). Meet inside the terminal, top of the escalator on the left side of the escalator.

Croton Aqueduct

Event date:
5- 14-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Mayer Weisen
Phone:
516-671-2095

Easy 6 miles.

Meet: 10am at 242 & Broadway, downstairs by park.

Take #1 train. Bring Metrocard for transfer to bus.

No smoking on hike.

Call 516-671-2095 before 10:30pm for any other information.

Joint walk with Outdoor Club.

 

Staten Island Ferry Ride and Visit

Event date:
5- 14-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 238-8073

This hike has been rescheduled to May 28th.

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit its many beautiful and interesting buildings.  Bring lunch, water, and binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens.

Group will return to “Ferry” at 3:30PM. Call Friday evening until  9:00PM.  We will go rain or shine.

Meet at 10:00AM and take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM ( the Ferry leaves on time). Meet inside the terminal, top of the escalator on the left side of the escalator.

Robert Moses Foot Path

Event date:
5- 14-2016 12:00 PM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy Adler
Email:
adlercy@gmail.com

This 3-mile ‘desire path’  dirt trail was created by walkers and joggers, mainly on top of the concrete train tunnel-chamber built by Robert Moses in Riverside Park. Constructed  in the 1930s, The RMFP goes from West 80th Street to West 129th Street. Robert Moses’ massive covered tunnel  added over 120 acres to Riverside Park. 

MEET:  at Riverside Drive at 83rd Street.  Take #1 train to West 79th Street.

 

Rockefeller Preserve

Event date:
5- 15-2016 9:40 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Frank Bamberger
Phone:
718 457 5159
Email:
fbamberger@nyc.rr.com

Leisurely scenic walk, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills,beautiful vistas.  Lunch at Stonebarn café.

Meeting:  Take 9.43 Metro North from Grand Central arrive 10.20, drivers please meet train at Tarrytown station. Parking fee $6. Wear good sneakersor hiking boots. Call L to confirm hike will take place.

New York’s East-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 3

Event date:
5- 21-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
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 east 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.

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
5- 21-2016 10:30 AM
Event End Date:
5- 21-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Gerry Matusiewicz
Phone:
845-462-1141, cell 845-418-0745
Email:
lostinpok@gmail.com

Walk the new Dutchess County rail trail from Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie.  Pass lakes and woods, backyards and farms on this walk along the old railroad right-of-way, now paved for recreational use.  Includes the Walkway over the Hudson, the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been recently converted to a pedestrian walkway. 13 miles from Hopewell Junction to the Walkway, and about 4 more miles over the walkway and back and ending at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station.
MEET: 10:30 am at the Metro-North BEACON station platform. Take the 8:50 AM Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to the BEACON station. CALL THE LEADER by 6:00 PM the evening before the walk to arrange transportation from the Beacon train station to the Hopewell Junction trailhead. Note:  This is a long walk with no opportunity to turn back or drop out before the Walkway Over the Hudson (13 miles).

Huntington Walk: National Academy, Joan of Arc and Hispanic Society

Event date:
5- 22-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 7 miles and 5 hours. We tried this once on a very windy day; we'll try it again and hope for mild weather. We will visit two museums connected to Archer Huntington and see statues created by his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington.

We will meet in front of the National Academy Museum at 11:00, spend about 30 minutes in the museum, walk across Central Park to the Whole Foods at Columbus Avenue and 97th Street for lunch, walk west along 93rd Street to Riverside Drive to see the Joan of Arc statue, then north along Riverside Drive to the Hispanic Society museum at Broadway and 155th Street. The Hispanic Society museum is open until 4:30 p.m.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is next door to the Hispanic Society in the Audubon Terrace complex, is also showing an exhibit of works by newly inducted members. This exhibit is open until 4:00 p.m. 

There will be a somewhat steep staircase to walk up in Riverside Park and another hill to walk up at 155th Street. Admission to the National Academy is pay what you wish but you must pay something, I paid $1.00; the Hispanic Society and American Academy exhibit are free. 

Archer Huntington was the son (step or perhaps biological) of railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington and his second wife, Arrabella Yarrington, who was the teen aged daughter of the proprietor of a boarding house where Collis stayed while developing railroads in Virginia. Arrabella used her husbands wealth to accumulate a large art collection, which is now housed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and encouraged her son Archer to pursue intellectual and artistic activities.

The National Academy is an honorary association of American artists which operates a school and museum and is housed in the opulent townhouse that was Archer and Anna's home and Anna's sculpture studio. The academy is closing the museum on June 1 to sell the building to create an endowment and move to a new location. Archer established the Hispanic Society in 1904 as part of his lifelong interest in the history and culture of Spain. Archer and Anna met when he commissioned her to create a sculpture of El Cid for the courtyard of the Hispanic Society.

Here is a link to the National Academy museum: National Academy Museum

Here is a link to the Hispanic Society web site: Hispanic Society

Meet: 11:00 in front of the National Academy museum at 1083 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street. Take the 4,5,6 train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

 

Staten Island Ferry Ride and Visit

Event date:
5- 28-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 238-8073

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit its many beautiful and interesting buildings.  Bring lunch, water, and binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens.

Group will return to “Ferry” at 3:30PM. Call Friday evening until  9:00PM.  We will go rain or shine.

Meet at 10:00AM and take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM ( the Ferry leaves on time). Meet inside the terminal, top of the escalator on the left side of the escalator.

GWB to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
5- 29-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 23 miles and 9 hours, fast-paced hike across the George Washington Bridge then north along the Palisades on the Batt to Bear Trail and the Old Erie Trail to Nyack. Return to NYC by bus.

This hike has beautiful views along the Hudson River; it also has a steep descent and a steep ascent; trails with rocks, tree roots, branches and fallen trees that must be walked, climbed or clambered over and very few drop off points. 

The route: The Batt to Bear Trail is mapped out over a number of existing trails leading from The Battery in Manhattan to Bear Mountain. We will follow it to Nyack.

After crossing the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey, we'll follow the Long Path north to the Carpenter's Trail, descend a steep rock staircase to the shore, walk north to the Ross Dock Picnic area, then take the Shore Trail north, stop at the Englewood Picnic Area to eat then continue to the Closter Dock trail, which we will follow back up to the top of the Palisades and rejoin the Long Path.

Next, we will take a rest stop at the Palisades Park HQ, then continue along the Long Path to our second lunch break at the State Line Lookout, which has a small cafe. We continue on a short portion of the Long Path past the Lamont Doherty Observatory, take a quick rest stop at a roadside cafe, then enter Tallman Park. At the north end of Tallman Park we enter the village of Piermont and reach the Old Erie Path, which we follow into Nyack, ending at South Broadway and Church Street in front of the Brickhouse bar to catch the bus.

Dropout Points: The first dropout point we reach will be at Closter Dock Road about 9 miles into the hike, then there will be more dropout points as we continue north. All of the dropout points require standing by the side of the road waiting for the bus.

Here is the route map: GWB to Nyack

Here is the trail map for Palisades Park, which has most of the hike in great detail including where to catch the bus if you drop out: Palisades Park trails

The return: We should reach Nyack before 6:00 p.m. There is a 5:38 bus that does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:50. There is a 6:38 bus that reaches the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 7:27 and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:52. Fare is $9.75 to the GWB or $11.10 to the Port Authority. Pay the fare in cash on the bus; best to have the exact amount.

Here is the Rockland Coach schedule: Rockland Coach

Another option is to take the Tappan Zee Express from Nyack to either the Tarrytown or White Plains train station, $2.00 fare. There are buses at 5:25 and 6:20. If you want Tarrytown, confirm with the bus driver that the bus is making that stop, sometimes they go straight to White Plains.

Here is the Tappan Zee Express schedule: Tappan Zee Express

Meet: 9:00 a.m. at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station temporary waiting room, at Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street. Take the A train to 175th Street.

Bring lunch, snacks, water; it will be about 5 hours before we reach any food for sale. We will take short lunch breaks at the Englewood Picnic Area and again at State Line Lookout.

 

A Day to Remember - Battery Park to Fort Lee

Event date:
5- 30-2016 9:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
L Irv Reich
Phone:
917-913-2742
Email:
richiam@aol.com

16 miles brisk pace). Complete the first four legs of Cy A Adler’s Battery to Bear Mountain, a series that we may continue on July 4th.  Walking along the west side at a brisk pace with numerous brief stops at sites and restrooms along the way, including Battery Park and Greenway, Irish Hunger Memorial, The High Line Elevated Park, Grant’s Tomb, The Little Red Lighthouse. We will walk over the George Washington Bridge and not quit until we reach Starbucks / 7 – 11 in Fort Lee. This will be a one-way hike! There is a bus / jitney that will take us back to Manhattan to a convenient train station. Bring lunch !!! We will stop at along the way for snacks and be at Fairway around 2:15 for lunch. Hike should end around 5 p.m. Heavy rain may cancel.  Contact Leader for questions or concerns.  Registration desired, not required. No email day of hike. Please email if you are coming and check your email by 7am to verify hike is on, in case of an emergency. You can expect a large, sociable crowd that you and your feet will not forget. This hike will run jointly with Meetup Shorewalkers and AMC.

Meeting:  Leaving from the front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, arrive at 9:30 so we may start on time, at 9:45 a.m.

 

Far Rockaway Beach Walk

Event date:
5- 30-2016 11:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
John Socolink
Email:
Finch1149@gmail.com

4 miles, drop off points.  Walk on boardwalk and beach and go for a swim. Bring lunch and bathing suits. Rain cancels.

MEET: 11:30 AM at the last stop on the A train at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue.  Leader will meet you at the station. Street parking available for those who wish to drive. Contact leader for any questions.

Shakespeare’s Walk

Event date:
6- 4-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

Moderate pace, 6+ miles, 4 hours with several climbs. Visit sites that offer Shakespeare for free during the summer. Leave the sonnets at home.

MEET: 9 AM at the Atrium entrance to the Shops at Columbus Circle and 59th Street. Take the A, D, or 1 train to 59th St. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Rain cancels.

 

Exploring Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Event date:
6- 5-2016 9:15 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Jack McCleland and Elizabeth Campbell
Phone:
H:718-478-2430 C:347-586-6933
Email:
jgmwolf@gmail.com

Distance: 10 miles

Meet: 9:15 a.m.

In this walk we will explore the wonders of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We will begin at Jackson Heights, Queens and walk to the park stopping at a deli on the way to pick up lunch for a picnic. You may bring your own lunch if you choose. Approximately 10 miles. Steady, brisk pace. Meet 9:15 for prompt 9:30 start at the SE corner of 75th St. and Roosevelt Avenue. Take the E, F, R, or 7 train to 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue. Rain cancels.

 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 5-2016 9:20 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Frank Bamberger
Phone:
718 457 5159
Email:
fbamberger@nyc.rr.com

About 6 miles Visit the Pines, Cherry Grove, Sunken Forest , and AMC Camp at Atlantique for lemonade, showers & swimming. Pace moderate but sand may be soft.

Meeting: Take 9.22 LIRR rain to Sayville arriving at 10.49 (Please check RR schedule 718 217 5477 or on line under MTA)  then taxi to ferry for the Pines. We return by ferry to BAYSHORE for return to NYC by LIRR. Cost $5 for admission to house, $16 ferries plus train fare. Bring lunch, water, & sunscreen..  Please call leader to confirm that hike will take place especially if rain is possible. Drivers please park at Bayshore east platform and take train at 10.25 to Sayville. Non seniors buy 1 way ticket at machine on west bound platform. DO NOT PARK AT SAYVILLE .

Manitou Nature Preserve/Outward Bound Trails

Event date:
6- 11-2016 8:40 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608

6-7 miles on forested trail paths and winding creeks. Vivid views from high banks overlooking the Hudson River. A moderate pace through flat terrain and small hills. Bring food and water.

MEET: Grand Central Terminal by the big clock at the Information Booth. Tentative schedule: Hudson Line Train departs 8:43 AM arriving Manitou at 9:55 AM, return from Manitou at 4:26 PM, arriving GCT at 5:48 PM. Call leader for hike status or information. Nonmembers: $3.

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