Bike to NYC's Secret Beach, Get Crabs

Bike to NYC's Secret Beach, Get Crabs

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New York, NY / Activities / Dining / Outdoors

Spend the day biking, beaching and eating while enjoying some of NYC's most scenic bike trails and one of it's most uncrowded beaches.

1. Cruise Down the Nation’s First Bike Path

Bike Path Entrance

Long Island Motor Pkwy New York, NY, 11218

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Start your day with a bike ride down the nation’s first, and oldest bike path. The Ocean parkway bike path is gloriously separated from traffic and pedestrians on a tree-lined median. Even the most fair-weather bikers will find this well-paved, hill-free stretch of history an easy and enjoyable ride.
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2. Take a left at Neptune Ave

Take a Left

Ocean Pkwy New York, NY, 11235

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About 200 feet after you make it past the last letter of the alphabet at Ave. Z will be Neptune Ave. Take a left here. This will take you a short ways through Sheepshead Bay until it turns into Emmons Ave and a well-deserved rest stop.
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3. Break for Crabs

Clemente's Maryland Crab

3939 Emmons Ave New York, NY, 11235

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How better to prepare for the beach than by stuffing yourself full of some of the ocean’s tastiest creatures? Clemente’s Maryland Crab House offers a full array of seafood, but the real deal here is the fresh Maryland crab. They come garlic and oil or old bay spiced and by the bucketful so don’t be shy, dig in.
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4. Hop Back on the Bike Path

Bike Path Two

2899 Brigham St New York, NY, 11235

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Backtrack about two blocks on Emmons Ave to Brigham St and you’ll find the entrance to another lovely bike path. This will lead you around the bay, across the bridge and to the beach. This is also your last chance to pick up any more water/beer/sunscreen provisions before you hit the beach. The entrance to the bike path is easy to miss, but the only other way across is on the belt parkway. Just remember, if you find yourself biking along the highway, you’ve gone too far.
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5. Enjoy NYC’s Hidden Beach

Beach!

Bayshore Blvd W New York, NY, 11697

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Take a right as you’re coming off the bridge and about 100 feet on you’ll see the entrance to Fort Tilden. Go through the parking lot past the buildings to the beach path and park yourself anywhere that feels right. If you’re not such a beach bum, there is still plenty to entertain you here. Built in 1917, this decommissioned military base is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and urban explorers alike. Hike or bike along any of the trails here and you’ll come upon abandoned military barracks, overgrown gun batteries and impressive displays of both marine fowl and graffiti.
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6. Take a Ferry back to Manhattan

Riis Landing

Rockaway Point Blvd New York, NY, 11697

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If all that beaching and exploring has tried you out, there are a couple ways to get you and your bike back to reality on public transportation. If you’re heading to Manhattan, there is ferry service between Riis Landing and Pier 11 on weekends and holidays in the summer months.
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7. Or, Take the Subway back to Brooklyn

A Train, Rockaway Beach 116 St

Beach 106th St New York, NY, 11694

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If you’re headed back to Brooklyn or Manhattan’s west side, you can catch the A train at 116th st.
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