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The Best Ways to See New York City on Two Wheels

New Yorkers, before the snow comes and you are left with no choice but to hail a cab, cram into the the subway, or give in to Uber surges, do yourself a favor and get on a bike! Whether you are a tourist or a true New Yorker, this is an amazing way to see the city. I have actually found that I see more of New York by bike than I would any other way!

With Citi Bikes on what feels like every corner, the options of where to start and stop your ride are endless. My favorite ride is the Hudson River Greenway which takes you all the way from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge along the Hudson River.

If you do make it to the north end of Manhattan on this path, make sure you look out for the lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge affectionately known as Little Red Lighthouse (officially known as Jeffrey’s Hook Light).

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Photo courtesy of Rick Smith Photos

While you are at the top end of the island, visit the Cloisters Museuma branch of The Met which is located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park. The Cloisters is dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe and features more than 2,000 artworks and architectural elements.

I highly recommend putting New York Botanical Gardens on your to-do list and help to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the amazing site with special exhibits. Directions by bike can be found here.

You can also veer inland to tour Central Park and all its glory—stop in at The Loeb Boathouse for a lakeside sit down lunch, the express cafe, or the outdoor bar. All of which you can watch the row boats go by!

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Photo courtesy of The Odyssey

During the warmer months if you take this cruise down alongside the West Side Highway and you find yourself hungry or thirsty try these great stops along the way: 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe, City Vineyard, or Grand Banks. All are perfect for a quick lunch, lazy afternoon, or happy hour.

If you have the urge to take in some history, stop to see USS Intrepid of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Aircraft Carrier fought in World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and worked with NASA as a recovery vessel.

Not so much of a history buff? Check out the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District which holds 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and terraces facing the High Line. With so much to take in, the museum is open late (until 10 p.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays.  

At the Southern tip of Manhattan the newly opened Brookfield Place hosts a variety of restaurants and shops including a new Saks Fifth Avenue downtown location.

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, The Battery offers water view gardens and sweeping views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. This area of town is home to so much history. Take in the waterfront view of the Statue of Liberty. You will end up close to the Freedom Tower and I recommend spending time at the 9/11 Memorial. For a full map of the ride use this helpful link.

What’s your favorite way to spend a day in NYC? Share with us in the comments.