TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW YORK BY BIKE

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW YORK BY BIKE

Adrian Ciocirlan

 

New York, New York! I want to wake up in a city that doesn't sleep/ And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap!

Yes, baby, this is exactly how it’s gonna be as a temporary resident of the Big Apple. Ideally, in few days you will feel not like a visitor but a real New Yorker.

 

1. Statue of Liberty

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The symbol of freedom for million of people coming to fulfill their dreams.

The emotion surrounds this place even today, as you look it from the same angle as many generations who hopped for a new destiny coming here. Visiting Liberty Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. If you want to enter the museum, pedestal, or crown – and we, warmly encourage you to - you must make reservations in advance. Reservations secured far enough in advance allow visitors to select their desired level of access, and also eliminates the need to wait in line to purchase tickets. Crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only. Plan it ahead, because crown tours sell out weeks in advance.

A walk from the ground floor to the Statue of Liberty's crown is equal to walking up a 20 story building! Crown access includes the original torch display, the Liberty Island Museum, and the pedestal observation level. Expect to see panoramic views at the pedestal observation level, some views of Brooklyn from the crown level and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's framework that supports the Statue of Liberty. Anyone visiting the crown must be able to walk up at least 162 steps on a confined spiral staircase.

But don’t go somewhere else before visiting Ellis Island and National Museum of Immigration. 12 million immigrants passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954, sacrificing everything in their original countries to find a better life. Come hear their stories. The access to Ellis Island is only via ferry boat operated by Statue Cruises. Generally, one hour to two hours are enough time to visit Ellis Island. Ferries depart from Ellis Island approximately every 20 minutes.

The Reserve Ticket that provides ferry access to the grounds of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, plus the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, costs $25.50 (adults), $16.00 (child, 4-12 yrs old), $21.00 (senior, 62+).

 

2. Empire states Building

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The Empire State Building is more than a spectacular view. Here you will find yourself in the highest open-air observatory in New York!

An immersive experience inside a world famous landmark. The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon. Designed in the distinctive Art Deco style it has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

You will feel like you’re in the center of it all, above it all, when you’ll visit the Empire State Building’s open-air 86th Floor Observation Deck. It wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. From up here you’ll get one-of-a-kind views of Central Park, The Hudson River and East River, The Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and much more. You may want to download their app. that teaches you about your view from every direction. Then take advantage of the high-powered binoculars to get a closer look. It’s WOW!

As the most famous observatory in the world, the 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments. Make it special, it could be a memory that lasts forever! Then hop on your bike again – we are sure you came here riding - and let’s go to other wonderful spots!

 

3. Central Park

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Welcome to the playground of New Yorkers!

This is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world. Central Park is a great place to explore on a bicycle, offering breathtaking views from flat, hilly and scenic terrain.

On a bike you can see a lot of the park in a short amount of time. Park drives provide three long distance routes to choose from - 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles or 1.7 miles. You can also bike some shorter routes by crossing through the park at a number of locations.

If you don’t have your bike with you, you can rent one here, the price is $15, and include a helmet, basket, lock and map. Also, if you need to check every attraction in the park, you will probably enjoy more a bike tour that will take you to cycle along scenic paths at a casual pace as you see many famous landmarks and attractions.

 

4. Fifth Avenue

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Considered among the most expensive and best shopping streets in the world, Fifth Avenue is New York's premier shopping area. Many top end designers have their flagship stores located along this famous avenue. If you are in the mood of shopping this is the place you should be. But that’s not by far all about the legendary avenue.

Here, as expected, is also the heart of cultural life of New York.

Take a ride on Fifth Avenue and make a pause to the must-see Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially called "the Met”. This is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The museum regularly hosts notable special exhibitions, often focusing on the works of one artist that have been loaned out from a variety of other museums and sources for the duration of the exhibition. These exhibitions are part of the attraction that draw people both within and outside Manhattan to explore the Met. Before going to a SPA, there are many options of this kind of luxury relaxing places, grab on the bike and go see The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), on 53rd street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.

If you like early modernists such as Rudolf Bauer, Rebay, Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso, you have to make one more cultural visit, this time to Guggenheim Museum.

For one more big shopping session and coffee breaks, hop on the bike and go to Rockefeller Center, a large complex consisting of 19 high-rise commercial buildings located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, and is famous for its annual Christmas tree lighting. Don’t need to say that the most exquisite restaurants and bars are here also, so, take your time and enjoy the good life in style.

 

5. Brooklyn Bridge

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Bike over the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the Manhattan skyline from across the East River.

Take a leisurely ride along the scenic and bike-friendly waterfront greenway that traverses the park from Pier 1 to Pier 6, or use your bike to easily access destination points throughout the park. On your ride you’ll also see breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn skyline. Close to here you have Citi Bike, New York City’s bike sharing system.

The bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival.

Explore bike-friendly New York in an unforgettable ride!

 

6. Times Square

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Can you believe it has 360,000 pedestrian visitors a day?!

Probably here you have to walk, because, this is one of the world's busiest pedestrian areas.

It is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 50 million visitors annually.

What to do here?

Except to great shops, restaurants, shows and museums, that’s not much to see. We’re kidding. Don’t miss Madame Tussauds, one of New York’s most unique attractions. Madame Tussauds invites you to pose with over 200 figures of internationally renowned musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and more. With over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment and several newly renovated spaces, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever! If you know in advance that you will visit New York, you have to make a reservation for an unforgettable show on Broadway. You have to! For kids, Times Square is the wonderland! First, they have M&M World where they have every kind, and color of M&M you want. They also have Toys 'R Us where you can get every toy the kids ever dreamt of.  They also have a huge ferris wheel, so tall, that it goes from the first floor to the third floor!  There is even a Barbie house on the third floor and a giant dinosaur! Yeeey…of, course, your bike should wait for a while…

 

7. Wall Street

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Stretching for 8 city blocks from Broadway to South Street is the world famous Wall Street.

Wall Street is the symbol of the US financial system – the largest and most watched stock market in the world. The area around Wall Street is the New York Financial District.

Why is it called Wall Street? During the 1600’s, Wall Street was the northern border of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. The colony had a wall to protect the local citizens. The wall stood exactly where Wall Street is today. The wall ran from the East River to the Hudson River – all the way across the island! Here you can take some very interesting tours like: “Wall Street Insider Tour” or… “Financial Crisis Tour”.

That’s not a joke. Is a tour about the Secrets at the heart of the collapse in 2008.

 

8. South Street Seaport

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Grab your bike, we have to go to the historic seaport in lower Manhattan.

The place is adored for its striking views, live entertainment, boat rides, shopping and maritime museum. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city.

This includes renovated original mercantile buildings, renovated sailing ships, the former Fulton Fish Market, and modern tourist malls featuring food, shopping, and nightlife, with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

9. Bryant Park

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Bryant Park is a beloved, year-round New York City destination.

Known as Manhattan's Town Square, the park is famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities, world class restrooms, and all fresco dining.

Located adjacent to the New York Public Library and surrounded by iconic skyscrapers, Bryant Park is visited by more than six million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. The park has such an eclectic offer that is suited for any tastes or ages. Yoga classes, Tai Chi, concerts, poetry, social games, games for kids, painting, contemporary dances, fitness classes, opera and many many more. From intimate drawing workshops to outdoor film screenings for 10,000 people, Bryant Park is a hub for hundreds of cultural events.

The lawn is lush and green and the flowers change seasonally but Bryant Park is more than a garden. When you first discover it, nestled in its canyon of skyscrapers, it’s like an oasis–a refuge of peace and calm.

This is why new Yorkers love this spot!

 

10. The High Line

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Running along the Hudson River on New York City’s West side, the High Line is an old New York city railroad-turned-park that is endowed with nature’s green gifts and great vibes.

The park has lots of attractions from interesting garden tours to cultural events or many courses you can take. There are all designed for unique visitors, families, kids and even teens. Everybody will feel good and do something they enjoy here!

New York never sleeps, and so will you, because that’s so much to do, see, experience. You won’t regret to have your bike or rent one, because New Yorkers are very proud bikers, found of their healthy lifestyle.

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