Letter From the President
Spring has sprung, bringing flowers and perfect walking weather.
So why not check our calendar and sign up for a great urban hike! It's the ideal way to stay fit, make new friends and explore the riches of our great city and its environs.
As Pete Seeger so aptly said in his Shorewalker's song:
You don’t know this town,
You don’t know this town,
Till you join the Shorewalkers and
They get you walking around!
Wishing everyone a safe & healthy spring!
42nd Great Manhattan Bridge Walk, 2/25/17
A State 'Hungry for Trails' Savors Cuomo's 750-Mile Plan
The Empire State Trail a 750-mile trail would run from New York City's Battery Park, through the Hudson Valley, the Adirondacks, all the way to Canada. Read more about this trail in the New York Times article: A State 'Hungry for Trails' Savors Cuomo's 750-Mile Plan.
Walkway Over the Hudson
As New York Reclaims its Waterfront, Problems loom under the surface
An op ed article by Ronald Lewis of the Waterfront Alliance as it appeared in Crain's NY Buisness
Conflict at the waterfront: It's an age-old state of affairs, with modern real estate wars replacing yesterday's military skirmishes and labor-management clashes. Do tall buildings belong in Brooklyn Bridge Park and at the South Street Seaport? Do we need a new performance space in Hudson River Park?
Whichever side you take on these issues, you're missing the real fight: Man versus Nature.
A Great Saunter Day
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presented Shorewalker President Cy Adler with a beautiful proclamation to commemorate the GREAT SAUNTER AROUND MANHATTAN’S RIM, the 32nd circumambulation of New York Island by the Shorewalkers. ‘Manhattan’s grim waterfront was a lot rougher 32 years ago when a handful of us first scouted it,’ said Adler. ‘It’s much nicer now, but several reaches along the Harlem and East Rivers still need serious changes.’ Borough President Brewer agreed with him.
The distance walked by about 1400 healthy souls was about 32 miles. A few hundred more started, but did not go the entire route which started and ended at Fraunces Tavern.
The unusually chilly, grey weather was just fine for most walkers as were the beautiful cherry blossoms and flowers along the way. Shorewalkers have sauntered rain or shine on the First Saturday in May when temperature may range from a low of 55 degrees to as high 94 degrees.
What Hiking Does To The Brain Is Pretty Amazing
From Wimp.com Apr 11, 2016 By Michael W. Pirrone
The great outdoors might just be greater than you think. There are plenty of us who love to spend as many hours of the day outdoors as we can, and hiking is obviously quite healthy for the body, but few of us ever give a lot of thought to how hiking could benefit our mental health as well. It turns out that hiking might just be your ticket to a brand-new brain, whether you’re passionate about the outdoors, or just force yourself to take a stroll around your local park.
Calories Burned Calculator
Often wonder how many calories you burn when walking your daily goal of 10,000 steps each day. We came across this calculator to determine the number of calories burned during our daily walks. Just put in the duration of your walk with the average walking speed of about 2 1/2 miles per hour and you get the calories you burned:
Halloween Hike Across Manhattan's Bridges
by Walt Wright, hike leader
Thanks to all of you who turned out on Halloween last October to make another memorable Great Manhattan Bridge Walk. We couldn't have had better weather or a more friendly group of walkers. Thirty-two of us participated: 30 signed in at the start and 2 joined us at the High Bridge. Most of the early 30 group got started by 8:45 AM. Even the late arrivals were not very late and got started a few minutes after 9 AM.
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