Events Archive

Tour Natural and Manmade Water Filtration Systems and Tunnel Workers Memorial

Event date:
8- 13-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Please join me for a hike and informational tour of the natural wetlands and manmade water systems in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. We will hike the great trails of the Croton Woods , the Northeast Forest and the Shandler Recreation Area and learn about how the Bronx supplies water to the rest of the city and what sacrifices - both in terms of the ecology and loss of human life - had to be made so we can receive clean water every day.

The hike will be approximately 5 miles and take under 4 hours. There are a couple of hilly spots, but for the most part it's level ground. We will be in the woods for the vast majority of the hike with a bit of street walking during the second half. We will visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial on East 233rd street.

MEET: 242nd Street Subway Station on the East side of Broadway at 10AM. There are restrooms and a place to buy water and snacks. 

Route: walk the Putnam Nature Trail to the John Muir Trail link, cross the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, continue on the Muir to the Northeast Forest. Restrooms and water at 233rd street. Visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial, re-enter the park at the Shandler Recreation Area, tour the manmade wetlands and learn about the Croton Filtration Plant.  Bring binoculars for wildlife watching opportunities if you wish.

We will end the walk at the Shandler picnic area where there are restrooms, a cafe and picnic tables. After lunch, I will be walking back to the West side of the park using a different route, so anyone who would like to walk back to the Broadway area is welcome to join me after lunch. Note: walking back will be a similar distance, so this will almost double your walking distance. Otherwise, we will break up at the picnic area, which is close to Bx and Westchester buses and the 4 train. To get back to the Broadway area by transportation, you can take one of the Westchester buses at East 233rd to Mosholu Parkway and from there take the Bx10 to the Broadway area.

To get there: Take the 1 train to the last stop (242nd) and meet by the station on the East side of Broadway. Bx9 bus also stops by the station. Right now, there are no transit service changes, but check for weekend subway route changes here: MTA Weekender (http://web.mta.info/weekender.html)

Ticks: There may be ticks in the woods, so dress like you normally would for a forest hike. However, I normally consider Van Cortlandt Park a tick-safe area because I have personally never ever found a tick on a VCP hike.

If you are driving, the parking lot on the West side of the park (by the Bailey Ave park entrance) is free and you may be able to get a spot (although some Sundays when there are large sporting events in the park, the parking goes fast).

 

Do the Pizzawalk

Event date:
8- 12-2017 11:30 AM
Members:
Free

Join me for a short, but hopefully calorie-burning walk between what I consider - and all my out-of-town friends concede - to be the two best pizza places in the city. 

MEET: 231st street subway station (1 train) on Broadway (SE exit of station) at 11:30am

Route: 3.5 - 4 miles, will try to stick to a good walking pace, hopefully complete in under 2 hours. All street walking, a few mild hills, mostly flat.

We will start at Broadway Pizza and Pasta on 231st street. If you come hungry, we can start with a brunch of pizza samples. If people want to try the pizza here, but don't want to walk on a full stomach, we can order a slice or two for the whole group and cut it into small bites so everyone can try. Then we will walk through Kingsbridge Heights and Van Cortlandt Village to Mosholu Parkway. Enjoy views of the Jerome Reservoir and interesting architecture. Walk the beautiful Mosholu Parkway to the northern tip of the Botanical Garden and then to John and Joe's Pizza on Lydig Avenue.

We can get food at John and Joe's (or the many other good places in the area) and eat lunch on the benches at the beautiful Pelham Parkway. We will be ending very close to the 2 and 5 trains on Pelham Parkway and to Bx buses that can connect you to the West Bronx, to the 4 train and to the New Haven and Harlem Metronorth lines.

Contact hike leader directly if you have questions about the hike.

Check for weekend subway route changes here: MTA Weekender (http://web.mta.info/weekender.html)

Manhattan: Walking the “Old Croton Aqueduct System in New York City

Event date:
8- 12-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Relaxed walking,  level ground, five to six hours. Following the path of the “water system” we will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and enter the Park at 60th Street up to and over High Bridge (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street.) .

We will continue to the Bronx Community College and the “Hall of Fame for Great Americans”.  Drop off points all along the walk. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. 

Meet 10:00AM at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). We will go rain or shine. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if there is a question. Leader: Tom McBreen— 516-812-0156. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes.

SHOREROAD, OWLS HEAD PARK, DUMPLIMGS

Event date:
8- 5-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 4 1/2 miles

Mostly flat, at moderate pace along the East Rivers' Shoreroad in Brooklyn. Following Shoreroad to Owls Head Park, we continue to 48th Street, in Sunset Park section, for an optional late lunch/early dinner. Here, a course of tastly dumplings, at reasonable cost.

Bring snacks, food and water.

Call leader for hike status or information.

MEET: 11 AM at the Northwest corner of 95th Street and 4th Avenue; take the R train to the last stop, 95th Street.

 

Old Croton Aqueduct: Yonkers to Tarrytown

Event date:
8- 5-2017 8:20 AM
Members:
Free

******IMPORTANT REVISION***** ********We're going to start the walk at the Yonkers Station, so that a bathroom break at the Yonkers Public Library can be taken at the beginning of the walk. This does add distance to the walk, some on the streets of Yonkers, to the start of the Aqueduct trail. You should still get on the same train leaving Grand Central Station ( you can look for Tom Bergen at the information booth on the main concourse) but your destination changes to Yonkers"********

Join us on August 5, 2017 for a  9 mile 3 to 4 hour walk up the Old Croton Aqueduct starting at the Glenwood train station in Yonkers.  After a short walk up Glenwood Ave, we'll pick up the Aqueduct Trail and head north through Yonkers, Hastings, and into Dobbs Ferry, for a short break at the Aqueduct keepers house. Bathrooms are available here.  Continuing up the Trail we'll pass through Dobbs Ferry and Irvington before emerging on Route 9 and heading up into Tarrytown. The walk will end at the Tarrytown MetroNorth station.

The Aqueduct follows the Hudson line, and there are drop off points in each town along the way. I'd bring water, but there are shops in Dobbs Ferry, about a block off the Trail if you need to purchase  some. There are many fine cafes and restaurants in Tarrytown for lunch at the end of the walk or bring a lunch and eat in Pierson Park, on the Hudson Riverwalk with views overlooking the New New York Bridge. Return to Grand Central on the train from Tarrytown. There are 3 trains per hour and the fare is approximately $10.75.

Meeting: Take the 8:20 out of Grand Central to the Glenwood Station. The fare is approximately $8.25.  We'll meet at the Glenwood Station at 9 am.

 

 

 

A Walk Around the Now-Underground Mosholu River in the Bronx

Event date:
7- 30-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Moderate pace, about 6 - 7 miles, will take about 3-4 hours. First half - street walking, mostly flat with just a few hills, second half – nature trail, dirt surface, all flat. Bird watching opportunities – feel free to bring binoculars – they might come in handy in Van Cortlandt Park. We will MEET at the Church of the Mediator at the corner of West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue at 10am.

We will be tracing part of the historical route of the now-underground Mosholu River, better known as Tibbetts Brook. Our walk will center around the part of Kingsbridge that, not too long ago, was comprised of two separate islands – Marble Hill and Paparinemin Islands.

During the first half of the walk, we will see street topography that gives away the presence of the river underneath, the places where waterways were artificially restructured or tucked underground, and where traces of the historical riparian zone survive and slowly reclaim their own. We will see where the oldest bridge in New York – King's Bridge - still remains (though it is not standing, but is buried underground). 

During the second half, we will walk through nature trails in Van Cortladnt Park where the Mosholu River, though much reduced in size, still flows wild and free alongside the Putnam Trail and the freshwater wetlands provide ample wildlife watching opportunities. 

We will MEET at the Church of the Mediator at the corner of West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue. If travelling on the 1 train, get off at 231st street, walk two blocks West from Broadway. The church is on the SE corner of the intersection. There is a farmer's market in the church courtyard where you can buy fruit and snacks for the walk. For Metronorth - the closest station is Spuyten Duyvil on 225th street.

General overview of the route: We will walk past the oldest tree in the Bronx through Kingsbridge and part of Spuyten Duyvil to the Broadway Bridge at 225th street, cross over to Bailey Avenue via Exterior Street and up to Tibbetts Tail Park. There are places to buy water and food on 230th Street and Bailey. (Restrooms at Tibbetts Tail Park.) From Bailey, you can walk to Broadway for 238th and 242nd street subway stations and several Bx buses.

From there, we will walk down to Van Cortlandt Park and walk the Putnam and John Kieran nature trails. Restrooms and vending machines available by the lake. 242nd street subway station accessible from here.

At the northern boundary, the Putnam Trail connects to the South County Trail in Yonkers, the John Muir Trail and OCA in the Northeast Woods of Van Cortlandt.

We will walk back to 242nd street on the Putnam Trail and end the walk at the Van Cortlandt House Museum, which is free and offers trail maps and a museum plan.

From here, you can access the subway (242nd st), places to eat on Broadway or, for a truly splashy finish, you can check out the free swimming pool just south of the museum. You can also join me for the most authentic bakery experience in the city at Lloyd's Carrot Cake just across Broadway.

I plan to walk rain or shine, unless it's an apocalyptic downpour. Please text or email me the night before or early the morning of in case of rain.

 

Queens Shore Walk

Event date:
7- 29-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance:About 4 miles.

We will walk through Astoria Park and along the shoreline to Socrates Sculpture Park.

Bring lunch and water.

MEET 11AM. Take the N or Q tarin to the Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard train stop.

Call leader to confirm that walk is on.

Bronx River Greenway: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 29-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

We will walk the Bronx River Greenway starting at the 233rd Street stop of the 2 line to Soundview Park and end up at the St. Lawrence Avenue stop of the 6 train.  

About 14 miles and 6 hours, moderate pace, mostly paved trails, some dirt paths, some hills. The walk will take us through Shoelace Park, into the Bronx River Forest and Bronx Park, across Pelham Parkway, into a free part of the Bronx Zoo for a close look at the river, past the Cross Bronx Expressway into Starlight Park, across Westchester Avenue to the Concrete Plant Park and under the Bruckner Expressway to Soundview Park. We will stop to eat lunch at a park just past Pelham Parkway; there are nearby delis, restaurants and fast food joints, or bring your own and eat in the park. 

Meet:  10:30 a.m. outside the 233rd Street station of the #2 line at the south west corner of 233rd Street and White Plains Road.  

Ride the Free Staten Island Ferry and visit Interesting places on the Island

Event date:
7- 22-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

From the St. George Ferry Terminal, we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to the St George Ferry Terminal we will view many beautiful and interesting buildings. 

Bring lunch, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.  Also bring binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens. The Group will return on the 4:00PM “Ferry”. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes. 

Meet at 10:00AM at the top of the escalator on the right-hand side. We will take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM (the Ferry leaves on time). On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the New York Harbor. We will go rain or shine. Leader Tom McBreen – call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 812-0156, if there is a question.

City of Water Day

Event date:
7- 15-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Shorewalkers encourages all opportunities to get out and enjoy the New York metropolitan area's waterfronts, so we wanted to let you know about The Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Day scheduled for this Saturday, July 15th.
 
The Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day is a free, family oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Now in its tenth year, this event has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival.
 
Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws more than 25,000 people to the water for a day of fun.
 
Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding; the Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; the waterfront activity fair; and Disney’s children’s activities

Bronx River: Kensico Dam to Bronxville

Event date:
7- 15-2017 9:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 15 miles, moderate pace, on the Bronx River Pathway from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla to Bronxville.  From Bronxville hikers can choose to take the Metro-North train back to the city or continue walking about 2 miles to the 2 train at 241st Street. 

We will start by walking on top of the Kensico Dam, then head south 5 miles along the pathway to Hartsdale, then walk on suburban streets to Scarsdale, where we will pick up the pathway again and walk 4.6 miles to Bronxville.  

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a lunch break in Hartsdale.  The hike will parallel the Metro-North Harlem Line, so there will be drop off points to catch the train at North White Plains, White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood and Tuckahoe. 

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 9:51 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $10.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 10:01 a.m. and at White Plains at 10:27 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 10:34 a.m.  In case the train schedule changes, please check at Metro-North Schedules

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
7- 9-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles. Visit the Pines,Cherry Grove, sunken forest and AMC camp at Atlantique for lemonade,showers,swimming. Pace moderate & sand may be soft.

Take 8.45 am train LIRR from Penn Station arriving at 10:09 in Sayville, (Check LIRR schedule at mta.info/lirr in case of schedule changes.) Then taxi to the ferry for the Pines. We return by ferry  to Bayshore, return to NYC  by LIRR.

Cost $5 for admission to AMC house,ferries $16 and LIRR. Bring lunch, water and suntan lotion.

Please call leader to confirm that walk will take place especially if rain is possible. My voicemail starts after 3 rings.

Drivers park at Bayshore LIRR station and take the 9.52 train to Sayville arriving from east bound platform. Buy ticket from machine on west bound platform. Seniors can buy on train without penalty. Do not park in Sayville as we do a round trip.

 

BATT-BEAR TRAIL TO NYACK

Event date:
7- 8-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

Distance:7 miles

Seven miles on the Long Path, extending through Tall Mountain and the Old Erie RR bed, One steeper descent en route to an optional dinner in Nyack. return by nearby bus stop.

Meet: Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing by the white Commuter Statues before 8:45AM.

Bus departure 9:15AM (bus 9A, gate 220 or at 9:40 AM from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.

Bring lunch and water.

Must call for hike status or information. Joint hike, nonmember $3.

Bronx River - Kensico Dam to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 8-2017 8:30 AM
Members:
Free

27 mile, moderate-paced hike on paved paths and sidewalks from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, Westchester County, to Soundview Park in the Bronx along the Bronx River.  About 14 miles in Westchester County and 13 miles in the Bronx.

 

GWB and the Long Path

Event date:
7- 4-2017 9:45 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 9 miles

Here’s how I will celebrate the 4th of July. First, I will walk over George Washington Bridge. Then saunter through the Fort Lee Historic Park. Pass the community of Burdette’s Landing. Walk down to the shore trail where we find the poetry benches. Continue on the path under the GWB for lunch at Ross Dock. (Don’t forget to bring your own). Then, I will do the Carpenter’s Trail, a spectacular 320’ walk up to the Long Path. Go north on the Long Path, with great views of Hudson, to the Dyckman Hill Trail. Down again, 340’ this time to the Englewood Boat Basin. I will then take the Shore Trail South and go up the Carpenter’s Trail a second time. And before going back to the starting point, I always like to stop at 7-11 in Fort Lee for an iced coffee and a well-deserved snack. If I am not too tired I will walk back on the bridge or take the jitney instead.

 If this sounds like a good idea you can join me for a very nice day.

Meet before 9:45 am at park on Cabrini Boulevard, between 178th and 177th streets, two blocks before the GWB walkway. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 liters of drink and appropriate footwear for woods and rocky trails. The A train will take you to 175th street, which is 3 blocks away. Neighborhood parking is an option.

 This hike continues the Battery to Bear Mountain series, which began on Memorial Day consisting of leg 4 and half of leg 5. The hike is roughly 9 miles at a 2 - 2.5 mph pace, slowing for pictures and elevation changes. We may end as late as 4 pm. It will be a sociable day. So speed walkers / runners should find another activity.

 Registration desired, not required. No email day of hike. 

Note: Last year there were over 80 AMC and Shore walker hikers. It takes a long time to sign in. If you don’t mind coming early, there are benches in this park for waiting.

Carl Schurz Park to Strand Smokehouse in Queens

Event date:
7- 1-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 8-10 miles, moderately brisk and energetic pace, mostly on paved street starting from the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy walking on promenades of the East River and 59th street Queens(ED KOCH) Bridge, through LaGuardia Community College.  As we will walk to Sunnyside, briefly talk about the formation of Sunnyside Gardens, Northern Boulevard and Astoria. Continue about 12 blocks on Broadway in Astoria to reach the locally well-known Strand Smokehouse for locally brewed beer and smoked fish or meat for an optional lunch or as post lunch snacks. 

 Meet 10:00 AM @ 86th street and East End Avenue on the right side of the Carl Schurz Park. Take# 4, 5, 6, train to 86th street and walk East to reach East End Avenue. Bring lunch and water. Dress according to weather. Call to confirm, No Later than 9:30 PM on the week of the walk.  Leader: Youn.917 670 3845.   Members Only. Please No low walkers Bring appropriate footwear.  There will be high sun exposure on this walk.

 

Bear Mountain Bridge to George Washington Bridge via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
6- 24-2017 6:00 AM
Members:
Free

NOW STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. INSTEAD OF 5:00 A.M. YAY! After doing the first part again, the calculations are more refined, the total hike should be about 45 miles: 23 miles from Bear Mountain to Nyack and 22 miles from Nyack to Manhattan. So, we'll get another hours sleep and enjoy the day more.. Starting very early at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, all the way through Rockland County and the Palisades and then over the George Washington Bridge.

Starting at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, we'll cross the bridge, walk south on 9W to the Jones Point Path, continue along 9W to Stony Point Battlefield, then along local watefront roads to Haverstaw, to the Hook Mountain bike path, then North Broadway into Nyack, to the Old Erie Path, through Tallman Mountain State Park, then the Long Path all through the Palisades to Exit 1 of the parkway, where we will walk along Hudson Trerrace to the George Washington Bridge.

The most important goal of the hike is to reach Exit 1 before dark, since we can't continue along the Long Path once it gets dark. So that gives us about 15 hours to go about 45 miles. I'm not certain that we can reach Exit 1 before dark, we may at some point realize the goal is out of our reach and catch a bus along Route 9. I tried doing this hike last July with one strong hiker starting at Manitou at 8:00, which is the earliest train, and after doing 30 miles in 10 hours we realized we wouldn't make it out of the Palisades before full dark and caught the bus. Starting ttwo hours earlier should give us a good shot.

 We won't be stopping anywhere for lunch, bring what you want to eat and we'll eat as we walk. We will pass various stores and restrooms along the way. Drop off points along the way will be buses along Route 9W.

Meeting: 6:00 a.m. at the Bear Mountain Inn, originally 5:00 a.m. but the hike is more like 45 miles than 50 miles so we'll get our rest to enjoy the day more. There is no public transport available that early, though you can take the last train to Peekskill then a cab to Bear Mountain. I'm staying at Bear Mountain Bridge Motel about a mile north of the bridge, 845-446-2472, $72, but they only have 5 rooms.

Book Talk: with Historian and Trails Advocate Silas Chamberlin CANCELLED

Event date:
6- 20-2017 7:00 PM
Event End Date:
6- 21-2017 8:30 PM
Members:
Free

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Our New Jersey partner, Freewalkers has invited Shorewalkers to attend one of their  Speaker Series taking place at REI in SOHO

Silas Chamberlin's On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press, 2016) is the first national history of the American hiking community.  From urban walking clubs in the 1800's , to tens of millions of Americans hiking on trails blazed in every region fo the country, learn the full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.  Delving into unexplored archive, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and other, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, build trails, and advocated for environmental protection.  He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities.  Following his talk, please join the author for a book signing.  Copies of On the Trail will be available to purchase.  

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Coney Island To Sheepshead Bay

Event date:
6- 18-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Flat terrain, moderate pace, 4-5 hours, approximate distance 4-5 miles Coney Island to Sheepshead Bay along boardwalk to Manhattan Beach. Lunch and optional swim at Manhattan Beach. From Manhattan Beach, walk will continue along Shore Boulevard to West End Avenue, where we'll stop to visit the Holocaust Memorial. Walk will end at Sheepshead Bay Q-subway station. Bring lunch/water and bathing suit. Rain cancels. 

Meet 11:00 AM in front of Nathan's, across street from subway station. Take D, F, N or Q subways and exit at Surf & Stillwell Avenues.  Rain cancels. Joint walk. Must call or email to determine walk status.  Call leader only on day of walk after 10:00 AM. Nonmembers of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club.

 

Fort Washington/Inwood Parks

Event date:
6- 11-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 3 miles. basically easy but some stairs, slight climbs. First, we'll head up the picturesque walking path near the Henry Hudson Parkway, with a great view of the Hudson and the Palisades, with a stop-off at Inspiration Point. Then, we'll do more of the same in Inwood Park, walking right next to the Hudson, ending with a short walk in the woods.  About 2 1/2 hours, bring snacks or lunch.

Meet: 11 a.m. at northwest corner, Fort  Washington Avenue and 181st Street, take A train to 181st Street.. Hike leader: Raanan 646-808-4125.or 212 675 6913

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