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Hop on a Bike!

November 07, 20231 min read

So we told you all about the convenience of  href="https://info.washingtonsquarehotel.com/blog/citi-bikes-everything-you-need-to-know" target="_blank">Citi Bikes. Now we'll clue you in on some of our favorite two-wheel rides that show off some of the best views of our city.

The East River Bikeway travels down a stretch of the FDR Drive, right next to the East River. The entire route is about 10 miles, but if you want an uninterrupted ride (bike paths break around the United Nations), begin a shorter trip at the FDR Drive and E. 35th St. Head south for about four miles to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and you'll pass South Street Seaport, and catch glimpses of the Manhattan, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges.


Governor's Island opens today and will stay open through open through October. The island is car-free, which makes it all the better to ride the 7-mile loop ogling at the Manhattan skyline. Visitors reach the island via a $3 ferry ride, and bike rentals and Citi Bike docking stations are both available.


While the East River Bikeway helps you to explore the east side of Manhattan, the Hudson River Greenway introduces you to the west. The route is 11 miles one way, and starts in the south at Battery Park and travels all the way to the George Washington Bridge. (Where a do-not-miss is the Little Red Lighthouse located at the foot of the span.)


The Central Park Loop is a favorite of, well, everybody. The six-mile route is at various times hilly and flat, so riders get some exercise, but won't kill themselves doing it. You'll pedal past Strawberry Fields, Central Park Lake, the Great Lawn and the infamous Tavern on the Green. It doesn't get any better than that.


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