Cytography (Cycling + Photography) in downtown Manhattan

Cytography (Cycling + Photography) in downtown Manhattan

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New York, NY / Activities / Outdoors / Sights

Picturesque biking route in downtown Manhattan - see the sites, snaps some pics, and partake in an activity or two.

1. The Brooklyn Bridge

Under the Brooklyn Bridge

E River Bikeway New York, NY, 10006

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The tour begins at the Brooklyn Bridge. Not on it, right under it, where the view and photo ops are legendary. You can ride over it if you want, but make sure to turn back around after (and prepare yourself for serious leg work) to continue on the journey. After you've taken twenty pictures of you/ your significant other/ your friends/ your kids in front of/ on top of the bridge, head south along the water for a quick couple of minutes until you hit the seaport.
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2. South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

E River Bikeway New York, NY, 10006

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You'll know you’ve hit South Street Seaport when you see the signs telling you to dismount your bike. The foot-traffic heavy area means pedestrians rule, so walk your bike around the market to check out the goods and maybe eat a hot dog (or two. It might be a long ride). Once you’ve had your fill and snapped your pics on the old ship, continue south along the water to the southern tip of Manhattan, and find yourself in Battery Park.
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3. Battery Park

Battery Park

Battery Park Underpass New York, NY, 10004

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You'll know you've arrived when you see lots of people, the park (telltale signs), and a bike route along the Esplanade - a beautiful waterside path. Stop and take some photos, do some good people watching, and have a picnic on the lawn if you want. Don't forget to look out for the park's resident turkey, Zelda. When you've had your fill, hop back on your bike and head along through the park, continuing southwest.
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4. Castle Clinton & View of Lady Liberty

Castle Clinton

Battery Park Underpass New York, NY, 10004

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After just a few minutes you will hit Castle Clinton - the large sandstone fortress built in 1808 to defend New York City from British forces. It's been a number of things since then (Opera House, Aquarium, Immigration Station), and now sits as a national monument. Castle Clinton is also a departure point for Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty, and offers great views of Lady Liberty. Take a minute to stop here and appreciate the view. Serious photo-op!
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5. Pier 25

Pier 25

Hudson River Greenway New York, NY, 10013

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Get back on your bike and continue west (still along the water, naturally) and round the bottom of Manhattan. Heading north, the views during this part of the ride are some of the most beautiful. Continue pas the Financial center and look out for Hudson River Park on your left. Soon you will see a pier with mini golf stretching out into the water: you've found Pier 25. Take a break from using your legs, and use your arms instead to play some scenic putt putt and (if it's your thing) do some outdoor yoga.
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6. Chelsea Piers

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers

111B 11th Ave New York, NY, 10011

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Last stop, Chelsea Piers. Just up the west side a bit more to 23rd street. during this stretch of the ride, the views continue, and hopefully you'll work up an appetite for some food and drinks. If you're still feeling active, you can bowl, skate, or golf some more on the driving range. If not, you are lazy. Kidding! I'm way over activity by this point. Head over to the Chelsea Brewing Company - the only micro-brewery in Manhattan. The sprawling waterfont and the indoor skating rinks will give you one last chance to use your camera. Then eat, drink and enjoy your well-deserved relaxation! You are now an official cytographer.
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