Events Archive

High Bridge Walk > 45 Years

Event date:
6- 28-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We walk over the 207th street bridge, south on Cedar Avenue to Roberto Clemente State Park. Then along the mighty Harlem River, (which is now a strait thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers- see my book: Walking Manhattan’s Rim-The Great Saunter-Leg 8.) 

Then walk under three elegant bridges and climb up over 100 feet to High Bridge Park, the Bronx. Then walk west over the oldest bridge in NYC, the High Bridge to High Bridge Park, Manhattan.  We touch six parks in THE HARLEM RIVER VALLEY RECREATION AREA. About 4 miles to this point. Walk can be extended.  Contribution: $3 from non-Shorewalker members. More info at www.shorewalkers.org

Meet:  11 a.m.,  207th Street and 10th Avenue under the elevated #1 train, south east corner.

 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 28-2015 9:20 AM
Individual Price:
Free

 About 7 miles, moderate pace.  Visit Pines, Cherry Grove, and Sunken Forest to AMC camp at Atlantique for Lemonade, showers, swimming. Sand and may be soft.

Meeting:  Take 9.12 am train LIRR(check schedule at 718 217 5477) to Sayville arriving at 10:49. Then taxi to ferry and take ferry to the Pines.  Return by ferry to Bayshore by LIRR. Cost $5 admission to house plus taxi and $15 for ferries plus train cost.  Bring lunch and water.  Pl call leader to confirm that hike will take place especially if rain possible.  Drivers park at Bayshore east bound platform. Take 10:25 train to Sayville. 

 

Triboro Bridge to Whitestone Bridge

Event date:
6- 27-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 19.

21 miles, 8 - 9 hours, moderate to fast pace, a walk along the East River in the Bronx with beautiful parks and great views in all directions. 

The walk will begin at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in Manhattan, outside the Pathmark supermarket by the 4,5,6 station. We'll walk across the Triboro Bridge to Randall's Island, tour the north end of the island, walk across the Triboro again to the Bronx, walk along Bruckner Boulevard to Hunts Point, then visit three parks in Hunt's Point: Baretto Point Park, Hunts Point Landing and Hunts Point Riverside Park. 

Next, we cross the Bronx River and visit Soundview Park, then to Kane's Park on Classon Point, Pugsley Creek Park and Castle Hill Park then north on Zerega Avenue, across the Unionport Bridge, south on Brush Avenue to a rest stop at a Target that has a Starbucks, then finally to Ferry Point Park and the Whitestone Bridge. We will take the Q44 bus from Lafayette Avenue to the 6 train at Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester. The Q44 also connects to the 2 and 5 trains at West Farm Square.

Bring snacks, lunch and drink, we will pass almost no stores along the way except the occasional questionable deli. We will stop to eat in Baretto Point Park and will stop again toward the end of the hike at the Starbucks inside the Target store.

There are a few drop off points along the way, buses that connect to various stops of the 6 train.

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in front of the Pathmark supermarket. Take the 4,5,6 to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, or take the 2,3 to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue and walk east to Lexington Avenue, or Metro-North to 125th Street and walk east one block, or take the M60 or B15 bus.

Old Bronx Borough Courthouse Art Exhibit

Event date:
6- 21-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE JUNE 19: THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JULY 12.

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.

Coney Island To Sheepshead Bay

Event date:
6- 21-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE: Walk is cancelled due to predictions of heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the day 

Flat terrain, moderate pace, 4-5 hours, approximate distance 4-5 miles;  walk along boardwalk from Coney Island to Manhattan Beach.  Lunch and possible swim at Manhattan Beach.  From Manhattan Beach walk will continue along  Shore Boulevard to West end Avenue, where we'll stop to visit the Holocaust Memorial.  Walk will end at Sheepshead Bay Q-subway station.  Bring lunch/water and bathing suit.  Rain cancels. 

MEET:  at 11:00 AM in front of Nathan’s , across street from subway station.  take D, F, N, or Q subways and exit at Surf & Stillwell Avenues.  No charge to members of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club.  All others $3.00.  Must call or email leader to confirm that walk is on.

Manitou Nature Preserve/Outward Bound Trails

Event date:
6- 20-2015 12:25 PM
Individual Price:
Free

5-6 miles on forested trail paths, and winding creeks. Vivid views, from high banks, overlooking the Hudson River. A moderate pace through this gem of flat terrain and small hills. Bring food and water.

Meet at Grand Central Terminal by the information booth. Hudson Line train departure at 12:43pm, R/T to Manitou, NY(arriving 1:52pm). Late return from Manitou at 7:30pm, arriving GCT at 8:47pm. Call for hike status or information. Non members $3.

Governor's Island and Brooklyn Bridge

Event date:
6- 20-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 9 miles total walking. We will take the free Governor's Island ferry from the Battery Maritime building  and spend about 3 hours on the island, first touring Fort Jay and Castle Williams and then walking the island. 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 the 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. 

Hike the Palisades: Hudson River Walk

Event date:
6- 14-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Ferry to New Jersey, walk the palisades and Hudson River with breath-taking views. A fast paced 6-7 mile walk along the elevated palisades overlooking  New York City  and  the harbor. Start in Wehawken, walk Thru West New York, Gutenberg,  and North Bergen.

Climb 182  stairs to top of boulevard east or JFK blvd. walk 3 1/2 miles or so to a narrow road taking us down to the river,t hen walk along river edge on wide paved paths in front of condos back to ferry.  Optional climb the stairs again for a Spanish restaurant and bar with outdoor seating and fantastic city views.  This is a fast paced walk and 182 tough stairs, (no window shopping ) bring water and lunch or power bars, lunch at end of walk app. 1:00PM.

Meeting Take the 10AM New York Waterways ferry at 39th street on the west side to Port Imperial at Weehawken. NJ. seniors round trip fare is $16.50. Reg fare $19.00.  Meet leader on the jersey side out side of ferry terminal. Walkers from jersey can park for free on the access road to ferry(PERSHING ROAD ,FREE  PARKING SUNDAYS) and meet at top of stairs, roughly 10:40. CRAZY WEATHER CANCELS non members $ 3:00

END TO END: WOODHAVEN/CROSSBAY BLVD TO ROCKAWAY BEACH QUEENSS

Event date:
6- 14-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

10-12 miles, brisk pace. Spectacular views of Manhattan skyline. Over 3 bridges through Ozone Park and Broad Channel to Rockaway Beach. Optional stop at a nature preserve and swimming at Rockaway Beach. Lots of drop-off points. Bring water and lunch or buy along the way. 

MEET: 9:00 AM. Take R train to Woodhaven Blvd. and meet at Hoffman Park, SW corner near the Q53 bus stop.

Union Square Shuffle

Event date:
6- 13-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours with several climbs. Visit sites that offer free entertainment during the summer while we shuffle through parts of West Village, Soho, Tribeca and anywhere south of Union Square Park.

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. Rain cancels.

Bronx: Beautiful Trees, Flowers of the Bronx Botanical Gardens and Woodawn Cemetery

Event date:
6- 13-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Moderate walking, some hills, about six to seven hours. After a tourin the “Gardens”, we will walk east out of the “gardens” to the Bronx Park Eastand north to the Woodlawn Cemetery and tour around the cemetery and then walk to Arthur Avenue We will use the Fordham Road Station (“D” train) to return to Manhattan. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens

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 9:44AM inside the garden. Entrance to the “Gardens” is free on Saturdays until 10:00AM. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00 PM, if weather is a question.

GREAT MANHATTAN BRIDGE WALK

Event date:
6- 13-2015 8:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free

30 miles, moderate pace, 12 hours. Start at Brooklyn Bridge, end at GW Bridge. We’ll walk over all of the bridges on which one can leave Manhattan Island by foot. If we are lucky, the Old Croton Aqueduct Bridge (aka The High Bridge) will have reopened after 40 years, and we will now have 17 bridges to cross! Bring Metrocard for 2 or 3 bus/subway rides (in addition to the 30 miles of walking.) Bring plenty of water & lunch. Heavy rain at start cancels. 

MEET:  8:45 AM at the Municipal Office Building just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, in Manhattan (Take 4/5/6/J/M/Z train to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge).

Roosevelt Island to Queensboro Bridge

Event date:
6- 7-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 7 miles and 5 hours, slow to moderate pace, along sidewalks and through parks, mostly flat. We'll take the Tram to Roosevelt Island, walk around the 4-mile perimeter and see the Four Freedoms FDR Memorial, the lighthouse and amazing views of Manhattan and Queens.   

Then we'll cross the Roosevelt Island Bridge to Astoria and stop at the Costco snack bar for a break, then visit  Socrates Sculpture Park, Rainey Park and Queensbridge Park before returning to Manhattan by walking across the Queensboro Bridge. If you don't want to walk across the bridge you can get the 7, N, Q lines at Queensboro Plaza and the E,M, R lines at Queens Plaza.

Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Island Tram at 59th Street and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan; take the 4,5,6 or N,Q,R to 59th Street and Lexington and walk two blocks east. Tram departs at 10:37, it accepts Metro Cards  Or, take the F train to Roosevelt Island and walk to the tram station, one block south, and meet the group outside of the tram station.  

 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 7-2015 9:20 AM
Individual Price:
Free

 About 7 miles, moderate pace.  Visit Pines, Cherry Grove, and Sunken Forest to AMC camp at Atlantique for Lemonade, showers, swimming. Sand and may be soft.

Meeting:  Take 9.22 am train LIRR(check schedule at 718 217 5477) to Sayville arriving at 10:49. Then taxi to ferry and take ferry to the Pines.  Return by ferry to Bayshore by LIRR. Cost $5 admission to house plus taxi and $15 for ferries plus train cost.  Bring lunch and water.  Pl call leader to confirm that hike will take place especially if rain possible.  Drivers park at Bayshore east bound platform. Take 10:25 train to Sayville. 

 

Brooklyn/Queens Greenway

Event date:
6- 6-2015 9:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free



Approximately 10 miles. On this part of our Brooklyn/Queens Greenway walk we explore Alley Pond and continue to Fort Totten.  Bring lunch and water.  Steady, Brisk walk.   

Meet at entrance to Cunnigham Park and park buildings. Take the Q88 bus towards Queens Village.  Get off at Francis Lewis Blvd.  Walk ½  block to 73rd Ave.Meet 9:15 for 9:30 start. 

Shakespeare’s Walk

Event date:
6- 6-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

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.

 

The Bridges & Waterways of New York's Central Park

Event date:
5- 30-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

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! 

Bronx River - Kensico Dam to Soundview Park

Event date:
5- 24-2015 8:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Update May 15: with the new MTA schedule the train leaves Grand Central at 8:50 a.m. so I changed the meeting time at Grand Central to 8:30.

23 mile, moderate-paced hike on paved paths and sidewalks from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, Westchester County, to Soundview Park in the Bronx along the Bronx River.  About 13 miles in Westchester County and 10 miles in the Bronx.

The walk will take 9 to 10 hours.  After reaching Soundview Park we will walk one mile back to the 6 line along Westchester Avenue.  We hope to reach the 6 line before 7:00 p.m. 

We will start by walking on top of the Kensico Dam, then head south 5 miles along the pathway to Hartsdale, then walk on suburban streets to Scarsdale, where we will pick up the pathway again and walk 4.6 miles to Bronxville. 

From Bronxville, we will walk along streets again until we reach 233rd Street in the Bronx, right by Woodlwan Cemetery, then follow the Bronx River Greenway south  past the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo and through Starlight Park and Concrete Plant Park to Soundview Park.

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a morning break in Hartsdale and later stop for lunch in Bronxville.  The paths are mostly flat with a few inclines. Numerous drop-off points along the walk for the Metro-North Hudson Line and then the 2 and 6 train in the Bronx.

Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 8:50 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $9.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 8:57 a.m., at Fordham at 9:04 a.m., and at White Plains at 9:22 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 9:30 a.m.  Check for other route information at Metro-North Schedules

Ride the Free Staten Island Ferry and Interesting places on the Island

Event date:
5- 23-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit it’s 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.

Sheepshead Bay to Floyd Bennett Airfield

Event date:
5- 23-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

A 7+ mile, moderate to brisk paced hike along generally flat paths and beaches.  We will visit Hanger B, home to many vintage WW II aircraft, some in stages of restoration.    Possible hike extension across the Marine Parkway Bridge.  Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9:30 AM, outside the Q/B Sheepshead Bay Road Station in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay Road station exit).  Call Leader. Marvin Malatar at 718 376 3608, for hike status, or info.  Non members $3.

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