Events Archive

Constitution Island: Re-Enactment Day

Event date:
8- 29-2015 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
8- 24-2013 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing, gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is only open 3 weekends per summer.


Bring
 photo 
ID.
  Expect entrance  
fee of
 $10, 
covering
 free
 boat t
rides ,
guided 
walks,
 or
 independent 
exploration.
 Amenities 
included
 shaded 
picnic
 groves,
 public
 restrooms ,
a 
gift
 shop 
in 
the
 historic
 Warner 
House,
 walking
 trails 
and
 a 
hot dog
 vendor.
  Departure 
time 
is
 optional  

Here is a link to the Constitution Island website: Constitution Island.

THE SCHEDULING OF EVENTS AT CONSTITUTION ISLAND CAN BE UNCERTAIN, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE ISLAND WILL BE OPEN AS SCHEDULED. 

Meeting: Take the 9:43 a.m. Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to Cold Spring, arriving Cold Spring at 11:03 and meet at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island. The round trip fare is $28.00.

Alternatively,
 meet 
10
AM 
at 
parking 
lot
 at 
North
 White
 Plains 
train 
station 
for 
car
pooling. 
Donate
 $5
 to 
the 
driver.
  For 
this
 option
 you
 must 
call 
leader 
in 
advance.
 Cal l
two
 days 
in 
advance  to
 confirm 
that
 Island
 is
 open.

 Here is the Hudson Line weekend schedule: Hudson Line schedule.  

 

 

Triboro to Queensboro

Event date:
8- 29-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This will be a moderate-paced 12-mile hike along the East River, with great views of the river, bridges, islands and various landmarks.  We will walk up the East River Greenway, across the Ward's Island Bridge, across the Triboro Bridge to Astoria, along the East River parks and then across the Queensboro Bridge back to Manhattan. 

The walk will take about 6 hours; there are numerous drop off points once we reach Astoria, which will be about 7 miles and three hours into the walk.  We will start at Carl Schurz Park then walk Ward's Island, Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Rainey Park and Queensbridge Park.  We will mostly be walking on flat, paved paths and sidewalks, but each of the three bridges has steep walkways, the Triboro Bridge has multiple stairways, the walkway across the Triboro Bridge is high and narrow so you may not want to try it if you are wary of heights. 

Bring food and drink. We will stop at a deli after crossing the Triboro and eat lunch in Astoria Park.

Meet: We will meet inside Carl Schurz Park, by the restrooms at the East 87th Street and East End Avenue entrance. Take the 4,5,6 train to 86th Street.

Battery Park to the High Line

Event date:
8- 29-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This will be a guided tour (with much commentary) following the shoreline of the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan (from Battery Park to the end of the High Line).   We will visit the many scenic parks, public artwork and Memorials that dot this section of New York City.

We will be walking at a moderate (not slow pace).  There will be no lunch stop, but there will be restroom stops.  The walk will last about three hours and will cover 3 1/2 miles. 

When we reach the Southern entrance to the High Line, you will have the choice of visiting the new Whitney Museum or continuing to the end of the High Line.  The walk will end at 34th Street and Tenth Avenue, where you can either walk or take a bus to the Subway

Heavy rain or excessive heat will cancel the walk, check this site for updates.

Meet: 10:30 a.m. in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan 

Brooklyn's Best Blocks (Part Iv) Along The L Train Bedford Avenue To Broadway Junction

Event date:
8- 29-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Follow the vectors of Brooklyn hipsterfication from its birthplace in Williamsburg to its next frontier in East New York, picking up L Magazine "best" blocks along the way.  8-12 essentially flat miles 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.  Members only

 

MAILING PARTY

Event date:
8- 24-2015 7:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

Spend a pleasant evening with refreshments and good company while helping to mail out the Shorewalkers Newsletter

 

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY

Event date:
8- 22-2015 11:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This hike is cancelled due to hike leader injury.

Distance: 3 to 6 miles

Meet: 11:45 a.m.

Moderate Pace, 3-6 Miles Loop (drop off points).  

National Historic Landmark with an international reputation for its magnificent beauty on 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths.

Meet 11:45am (BEFORE LUNCH) inside Green-Wood, next to Restroom.  

Directions: Take R train to 25th St station in Brooklyn and walk east (uphill) one block on 25th St.Joint Walk, Members Only, BRING or BUY LUNCH,  WATER, SNACKS.    

Crack is Wack: Graffiti in New York: Part 2

Event date:
8- 22-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 8 miles. This is an exploratory walk. Explore this international art form that uses the city as canvass from In Good Company in Hunts Point, the Bronx to  Crack is Wack in Manhattan, and Wellington Court in Astoria, from professional artist to amazing amateur. Bring water and lunch.

Meeting: 9:30 Take the numbers 6 to Hunts Point in the Bronx

 

Rockaway Park Beach Hike and Swim

Event date:
8- 15-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Walk along boardwalk from Beach 90th street to end of boardwalk near 5th Street.  Moderate pace about 4-5 hours, Approximate distance 5-6 miles

MEET 11:00 AM outside of S-Subway station at Beach 90th Street.

Directions: Take A train to Broadchannel. Change at Broad Channel for S Train to Beach 90th Street. Please call or email to make sure that walk is on.Subway Fare: $2.25, Seniors $1.10

Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge

Event date:
8- 15-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 9 miles total walking. We will spend about 3 hours on the island, first touring Fort Jay and Castle Williams and then walking the island and viewing the Jazz Picnic.  We will break for lunch on the island; bring your lunch or try the food trucks. About 5 miles total walking on the island. 

Then, we will take another (free) ferry from Governor's Island to Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1, walk under the Brooklyn Bridge and past Jane's Carousel, then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, ending our walk at City Hall Park. About 4 miles total walking from the ferry to City Hall.

Feel free to join us just for Governor's Island and take the ferry back to Manhattan on your own. If you do not want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge you can join us as we walk to the bridge and catch the subway in Brooklyn.

MEET: at 10:30 a.m. at the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and take the 11:00 (free) ferry to Governor's Island.

Closter Dock Road to Piermont: Palisades

Event date:
8- 15-2015 8:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free

10 miles at a moderate pace to brisk pace. Mostly level terrain with a mild hills and a short range of up and down rock steps. Hike passes through elements of the Long Path by State-Line, Tall Mountain State Park and Piermont, New York. Optional pizza snack by returning bus. Bring lunch/water.

MEET: no later than 8:45AM at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing, by the white commuter statue.  Bus departs at 9:15AM, One way to Closter Dock Road, NJ bus 9A gate 220 arriving at 10:00AM.

Directions: Purchase O/W ticket with leader for bus arriving 10am. Bus also available at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal at 9:40am, platform 20. Call leader to check hike data, and for schedule or driving info. Joint hike

Dragon Boat Races in Flushing Meadow Corona Park

Event date:
8- 9-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We will take a 4 to 5 mile walk around Flushing Meadow Corona Park, site of the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs, visit the Queens Museum to view the Panorama of the City of New York and then enjoy the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, including musical and martial arts performances and Dragon Boat races on Meadow Lake. See more about the festival here: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

The festival is free, the museum has a suggested donation of $8.00. There will be Spanish and Asian food vendors in the park but we will not be passing any stores so bring food and drink or try out the vendors.

Meet: Take the 7 train to the Mets-Willet Point stop and walk across the pedestrian bridge to the park, we will meet by the benches outside the rest rooms that are at the end of the bridge. Currently there is no service advisory for the 7 train on August 9, check for any updates at MTA Service Advisories

Manhattan: Walking the “Old Croton Aqueduct System in Manhattan

Event date:
8- 8-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Relaxed walking, child friendly/stroller friendly, level ground, four to five hours. Following the path of the “water system” we will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and enter the Park at 60th Street and end the walk at High Bridge Tower (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street.) Drop off points all along the walk. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels.

Meet: 10:00AM at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

Hamilton Heights and Highbridge Park

Event date:
8- 1-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We'll visit Riverbank Park, Hamilton Grange, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Highbridge and Swindler Cove parks.  About 8 miles and 5 hours, this is a hilly part of Manhattan and we will be walking up and down some some relatively steep inclines.  

We'll begin by meeting at the 1 train station at 137th Street, take a walk around Riverbank Park, which juts out into the Hudson River on the top of a sewage plant, walk up the hill to Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton's home, at 141st Street, then north along Edgecomb Avenue through Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill to the Morris-Jumel Mansion ($5 admission) at 163rd Street, where we will eat our lunch outside in the garden, walk the trails of Highbridge Park, then explore Swindler Cove Park. We'll end at the Dyckman Street stop of the 1 train; the A train is available at Dyckman and Broadway. 

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the 137th Street stop of the 1 train.

Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 26-2015 11:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This hike is Cancelled due to hike leader's injury.

Distance: 3 to 6 miles

Meet: 11:30 a.m.

Moderate Pace 3-6 miles Loop (drop off points).  

585 Acres of green space with horseback riding, antique carousel, 1783 Dutch farmhouse, zoo & more.  

Meet 11:30 am (BEFORE LUNCH) at the northeastern entrance to the park, Across Street Grand Army Plaza and Brooklyn Public Library (next to food vendor trucks). We will walk the East and West Drive Loops, around Lake, up to Maryland Monument,   past Boathouse.  Stop for Lunch at Bluestone Café Lakeside.  Joint Hike. 

Directions: Take #2 or #3 Train to Grand Army Plaza – walk to entrance.

MEMBERS ONLY, BRING or BUY LUNCH,  WATER, SNACKS.  Optional Dinner After.

Constitution Island: Garden Day

Event date:
7- 25-2015 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
7- 27-2013 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

Constitution Island will not be holding its Garden Day this year. 

The island will still be open for Re-Enactment Day on Saturday, August 29 and Family Day, Saturday, September 26. Both of these events are on the Shorewalkers' calendar:

Here is a link to the Shorewalkers Re-Enactment Day walk: Re-Enactment Day.

Here is a link to the Shorewalkers Family Day walk: Family Day.

 

Poe Cottage to High Bridge

Event date:
7- 25-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 7 miles, we should be finished around 4:00 p.m., moderate pace, sidewalks all the way.  

When Edgar Allan Poe lived in the Bronx he would frequently walk down to the High Bridge. Now that the High Bridge has been re-opened, we will follow in his steps. We'll start by viewing a photography exhibit on the High Bridge in the Poe Park Visitor Center then tour the Poe Cottage (free admission to the visitor center, $5 admission to the cottage.)

Next we'll walk west on Kingsbridge Road to Aqueduct Walk, a pathway built on top of the old Croton Aqueduct. We'll walk south on top of the aqueduct to Bronx Community College and stop to eat lunch at the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, then continue south along the aqueduct to the High Bridge and cross to Manhattan, ending the walk at Broadway and 168th Street for the A and 1 trains.

Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, we'll eat outside at Bronx Community College. 

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse at East 193rd Street. Take the D train to the Kingsbridge Road station and walk south along the Grand Concourse or take the 4 train to the Kingsbridge Road station and walk east on Kingsbridge Road to the Grand Concourse.  

Here is a link to the subway service advisories for July 25th; none directly affect the walk: July 25 Service Advisories

Leader: Tom Bergen 917-727-5507 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 25-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. We will take a few block look at the changing face of the “Lower East Side” before going over the century old Williamsburg Bridge. In Williamsburg, we will visit the George Washington statue and pass Peter Lugar’s Restaurant on our way down Bedford Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park.

Meet at 10:00AM at Delancey and Essex Sts. ( northwest corner of Delancey Street)---F train. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is an question.

 

Bronx River Greenway: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 18-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE JULY 13: There is a shuttle bus replacing the 2 train in the Bronx between the 3rd Avenue/149th Street station and the East 180th Street station. There is a local shuttle bus and an express shuttle bus. When you get off the train at 3rd Avenue/149th Street, go outside and find the Express Bus to East 180th Street then get back on the train at the East 180th Street station.

Here is a link to the advisory: Service Advisory

I'm not sure exactly how much longer the shuttle bus makes the ride, figure at least 20 minutes and up to half an hour. If you are running late you can get off the 2 train at Gun Hill Road or 219th Street and walk west, toward the Bronx River, and meet the group along the way. Call me or text me at 917-727-5507 for directions to the group.

To avoid the shuttle bus, you could take the MetroNorth Harlem line to the Woodlawn station. The 10:24 local Harlem Line train stops at Harlem/125th Street at 10:34, Fordham at 10:42, Botanical garden 10:45, Williams Bridge 10:48 and Woodlawn at 10:51.  The one-way fare for the weekend City Ticket is $4.25, the City Ticket is sold at all MetroNorth ticket machines.

Here is a link to the train schedule: Train Schedule

If you take MetroMorth, exit the platform via the stairs up to the 233rd Street Bridge, turn left, then go to the stairs in front of the Montefiore Hospital at the southeast corner of 233rd Street and Bronx Boulevard and wait for the group to come down the hill. We will be stopping at the hospital to use the lobby restrooms.

Another option is to take the Bx 12 Express Bus, which runs from 207th Street in Inwood into the Bronx and along Fordham Road and meets the 2 train at Pelham Parkway, which is north of the shuttle bus section.

We will walk the Bronx River Greenway starting at the 233rd Street stop of the 2 line to Soundview Park and end up at the St. Lawrence Avenue stop of the 6 train.  

About 14 miles and 6 hours, moderate pace, mostly paved trails, some dirt paths, some hills. The walk will take us through Shoelace Park, into the Bronx River Forest and Bronx Park, across Pelham Parkway, into a free part of the Bronx Zoo for a close look at the river, past the Cross Bronx Expressway into Starlight Park, across Westchester Avenue to the Concrete Plant Park and under the Bruckner Expressway to Soundview Park. We will stop to eat lunch at a park just past Pelham Parkway; there are nearby delis, restaurants and fast food joints, or bring your own and eat in the park. 

Meet:  10:30 a.m. outside the 233rd Street station of the #2 line at the south west corner of 233rd Street and White Plains Road.  

Batt-Bear Trail, State Line to Nyack

Event date:
7- 18-2015 8:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Distance: 7 miles. Autumn colors on the long Path, extending through Tallman Mountain and the Old Erie RR bed. One steeper descent enroute to an optional dinner in Nyack. Return by nerby bus stop. Bring lunch and water. Memorial hike for hike leader, Mike Pollack

Meet: at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing by the white commuter statues before 8:45am. Bus departure at 9:15am. (Bus 9A, Gate 220 or at 9:40am from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, platform 20).  Joint hike.

Old Bronx Borough Courthouse Art Exhibit

Event date:
7- 12-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

Slow pace, about 7 miles and 5 hours. We will go to the No Longer Empty art exhibit at the Old Bronx Borough Court House.  

We will start at the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan then walk east across the 145th Street Bridge into the Bronx. If you want to meet us in the Bronx, be at East 150th Street under the Major Deegan Expressway at the entrance to Mill Pond Park by 12:30.

We'll walk north along the Harlem River through Mill Pond Park, cross through the Metro-North Station to Macombs Dam Park, pass by Yankee Stadium, view the Lorelei Fountain in Joyce Kilmer Park and continue along 161st Street to the iconic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, which was built between 1904 and 1915 and has been empty since the city stopped using it in the 1970s.

The art exhibit opens at 1:00 p.m. and has a $3 suggested donation. It is called "When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out" and is put on by a group called No Longer Empty, which stages exhibits in vacant buildings around the city. Here is the exhibit website: No Longer Empty.

After viewing the exhibit, we will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden then walk back on 161st Street to the Grand Concourse, past the Bronx County Courthouse, through Franz Sigel Park then cross the 145th Street Bridge again and return to the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The 4, 2 and 5 and D lines are available along the Grand Concourse if you don't want to walk back to Manhattan. We should be back at 145th Street by 5:00.

Bring lunch, drinks and snacks. We will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden.

Meet: 12:00 p.m. in front of the Capital One Bank at the northeast corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue outside the A,B,C,D station in Manhattan. Note that the B train does not run on weekends.

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