Events Archive

Constitution Island: Garden Day: CANCELLED

Event date:
7- 23-2016 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
7- 27-2013 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED. CONSTITUTION ISLAND WILL NOT BE HOLDING ITS GARDEN DAY THIS YEAR. 

SHOREWALKERS DOES HAVE HIKES TO THE CONSTITUTION ISLAND RE-ENACTMENT DAY ON AUGUST 27TH AND FAMILY DAY ON SEPTEMBER 24.

 

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing at a gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is open only 3 weekends per summer.  Amenities include shaded picnic groves, public restrooms, a gift shop in the historic Warner House, walking trails, and a hot dog vendor.

MEET approximately 11AM (time depends on what the new train schedule will show for train arrivals before or close to 11AM).  Take Metro North from Grand Central to Cold Spring at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island. Bring photo ID.  Departure time is optional.  (*Alternatively, meet at 10AM at parking lot at North White Plains Train Station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option, you must call leader in advance.) Leader: Call Leader to confirm Island is open.

Fees:  Expect entrance fee of $10, covering free boat rides, guided walks, or independent exploration.  

Impromtu hike: George Washington Bridge to Henry Hudson Shore Trails

Event date:
7- 23-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

5-9 miles.Walk over the GWB to visit Fort Lee Historic Park to view exhibit of the American History of 1776 and talk about American history and independence. Slowly, we will head to the North of the Hudson Waterway following the white blaze shore trail, the blue blaze of Carpenter’s trail, and the yellow blaze of the Dyckman Hill trail which is an optional and a scouting hike.

Meeting: 10:30 AM @178thstreet, Cabrini Blvd, a South path over the GWB. Take the A train to 175 street GWB Bus station, walk 3 blocks from the station. Bring water, lunch, snack, bug spray and sun block lotion with a hat. Dress according to weather.

Call the leader to confirm hike status, before 9:00P.M. a day before the hike. NO SLOW WALKERS/HIKERS, PLEASE!!    MEMBERS ONLY.

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 23-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park: Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. We will take a few block look at the changing face of the “Lower East Side” before going over the century old Williamsburg Bridge. In Williamsburg, we will visit the George Washington statue and pass Peter Lugar’s Restaurant on our way down Bedford Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park.

Meet at 10:00AM at Delancey and Essex Sts. ( northwest corner of Delancey Street)---F train. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

 

Test hike

Event date:
7- 18-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Test hike

Brooklyn's Best Blocks (Part VI)

Event date:
7- 17-2016 7:00 AM
Members:
Free

This hike is cancelled.  It will be rescheduled in the near future.

8-12 essentially flat miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and park paths. Sixth in an indeterminate series of hikes aiming to connect some 200 or so "best" blocks in Brooklyn suggested in a series of articles published between 2010 and 2014 in "The L Magazine."  Connecting two t.b.d. subway stations. Probably "best blocks" in Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, but perhaps something different.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Meeting:  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.  Members and guests only.

Bronx Coast to Coast Walk

Event date:
7- 16-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

This 16-mile walk starts at the NW corner of Broadway and West 231st St at the W 231st St. stop of the #1 Train at 9:00.  We will then head west towards the Hudson River and walk along a rural road that's the westernmost avenue closest to the river, or walk through the woods on Riverdale Park.

This walk is sponsored by Freewalkers.  Register at Event Bright.  (Registration required)

 Meeting: NW corner of Broadway and West 231st St at the W 231st St. stop of the #1 Train at 9:00

East River Walk

Event date:
7- 9-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

 5-7 miles along the east river path to 34th St. and along the 1st Ave. to a brunch stop in the east fifties or you can bring your own lunch.  After lunch walk to Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

Meet 10:30AM at the Staten Island Ferry terminal near the escalator. Take the #1 to South Ferry station or the #4 or 5 to Bowling Green and walk to Staten Island Ferry terminal. Bring water, lunch (If you do not want eat at a restaurant), and bug spray. Dress according to a weather. Call to confirm the walk status on the week of the week (No Calls After 9:30 P.M.). Members Only.

 

 

Batt-Bear Trail, State Line to Nyack

Event date:
7- 9-2016 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

7 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 from nearby bus stop.

MEET: Port Authority Bus Terminal South Wing by the Commuter Statues before 8:45 AM. Bring lunch and water. Bus departs at 9:15 AM (bus 9A, gate 220 or at 9:40 AM from the George Washing Bridge Bus Terminal).

GWB and the Long Path

Event date:
7- 4-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Mon., July 4. GWB and the Long Path 2+B8(H). 

Here’s how I will celebrate the 4th of July. First, I will walk over George Washington’s Bridge. Then saunter through 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 to The Carpenter’s Trail, a spectacular wall up to the Long Path. North on the Long Path with great views of Hudson, to the Dyckman Hill Trail, down again this time to the Englewood Boat Basin for lunch. I will then take the Shore Trail South and go up The Carpenter’s Trail a second time. I always like to stop at 7-11 for an iced coffee and a well-deserved snack. If I am not too tired I will walk backon the bridge or take the jitney instead. If this sounds like a good idea you can join me for a very nice day. 

Meet at 10 am at 178th Street and Cabrini Boulevard with lunch, snack, at least 2 liters of drink and appropriate footwear for woods and rocky trails. 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 8 miles at a 2.5 mph pace, slowing for pictures and elevation changes. It will be a sociable day. So speed walkers / runners should find another activity. Heavy rain may cancel. 

Leader: Irv Reich  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  917-913-2742 for questions or concerns. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I know you are coming and will email you no later than 7 am to be sure it’s a go.

Hudson River Shorewalk

Event date:
7- 3-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

We will walk uptown along the Hudson River.

MEET 11AM at the 72nd Street Station. Take the 1, 2 or 3 train. Bring lunch and water. About 5 miles. Call Leader Ellen to confirm

Bear Mountain Bridge to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
7- 2-2016 7:30 AM
Members:
Free

UPDATE: The hike distance is now 25.5 miles instead of 22 miles, the additional distance will give us less time along Route 9W and more time along the river, which will be safer and more fun. There are some steep hills along the way, but most of the hike is pretty flat, so we should be able to keep a strong pace and reach Nyack in time for the 6:38 bus.

 Meet: at 7:30 a.m. at the Information Booth in Grand Central. We will be taking the 7:43 a.m. Hudson Line Poughkeepsie train to the Manitou station; the train stops at Harlem 125th Street at 7:54, Tarrytown at 8:22, arriving in Manitou at 8:55 a.m. The fare is $14.00, $9.25 senior.

 Get in the last or second to last car of the train. The only door to open at Manitou will be between those two cars.

 Here is the Metro North Hudson Line Schedule: Metro North Hudson Line Schedule

 Route: We will be walking along Route 9W in three sections for about 4 miles total, about 7 miles on trails (Jones Point Path and Hook Mountain path), and the rest on local roads and through parks. Here is a link to the map of the walk: https://goo.gl/c9xa5h

 The basic route is Manitou Train Station to Route 9D, across the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Bear Mountain Inn (at 3 miles, restrooms, water, snacks) south on Route 9W to the 2-mile long Jones Point Path.

Then, local roads back to 9W to West Shore Drive to 9W to Sheeran's Restaurant (at 9 miles, restrooms and takeout) and Cove Deli (one restroom and takeout) then Park Road to Stony Point Battlefield (at 10 miles, lunch, restrooms, water).

 Leaving the battlefield, local roads to Beach Road to Grassy Point Road to River Road to Beach Road, around Grassy Point and past Haverstraw Bay through Pecks Pond Park (at 14 miles, water and restrooms). 

Then McKenzie Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway to Main Street (at 15 miles, stores, water and restrooms at the library) and to First Street to Elk Street to West Street.

 Then, West Street to Riverside Avenue to the Hook Mountain path (at 18.5 miles, restrooms at the south end of the 4.9 mile path) to North Broadway in Nyack (at 23.5 miles) to the bus stop in front of the Brickhouse bar at 28 South Broadway (restrooms at the bar or the Starbucks on Main Street).

 Saturday will be hot and sunny, bring a hat, sunscreen, drink plenty of water and have Gatorade or other electrolyte supply. Here is a quick guide to preventing dehydration on long hikes from Shorewalkers: Preventing Dehydration.

Make sure to have water when we leave the Bear Mountain Inn and as we leave Haverstraw, in each case it will be about 7 miles before water is available. When we get off the train in Manitou it will be about 3 miles before water is available.

 Bugs: About one mile of the Jones Point Path has nasty flies, you will want a hat and maybe long sleeves. I will have DEET and non-DEET bug spray. We also saw a family of wild turkeys along this path, which was pretty cool.

 Lunch: We will stop for takeout at Sheeran's Restaurant, which has an inexpensive lunch menu and restrooms we will be glad to see, and Cove Deli, which has one restroom, along 9W in Tompkins Cove then eat lunch at Stony Point Battlefield, which has restrooms and water but no food.

 There are few dropout points. The Shortline bus from West Point to New York stops along Route 9W in Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, West Haverstraw and Haverstraw at 3:22, 3:26, 3:30, 3:32, and again at 5:22, 5:26, 5:30 and 5:32. You have to wave the bus down, position yourself in an open spot where the driver can see you from a distance. Fare is about $12.50 cash only. Here is the schedule: Shortline schedule.

The Rockland Coach 11A bus from Stony Point to Port Authority Bus Terminal is available at the Stony Point Park and Ride at Washburns Lane and Route 9W, at the Walnut Hill Apartments on 9W across from the Helen Hayes Hospital and at Main and Broadway in Haverstraw throughout the day. The Park and Ride and Walnut Hill stops are not on our route; to get to the Park and Ride, leave the hike before we reach Grassy Point and walk on East Main Street to 9W then south to Washburns Lane. To reach Walnut Hill, leave the hike at Peck's Pond and walk on East Rialroad Avenue to 9W then north to Walnut Hill. The Main and Broadway stop in Haverstraw is on our route. Fare is about $12.50 cash only. Here is the schedule: Rockland Coach 11A.

 Also, the Rockland County 94 bus starts at Route 9W and Elm Street in Tompkins Cove at 11:28 and 2:28 and stops at the Park and Ride if you want to make an early dropout and catch the Rockland Coach 11A. $2.00 exact cash fare. Here is the schedule:Rockland 94 bus

 The Rockland County 91 bus is available at New Main Street and Maple Avenue in Haverstraw and goes to Nyack. At this point we will have about 8 miles left in the hike, if you have had enough you can catch the 91 to Nyack then get the Rockland Coach or Tappan Zee bus. $2.00 exact cash fare. Here is the schedule:Rockland 91 bus.

The return: We should reach Nyack by 6:00 p.m. and catch theRockland Coach 9A/9T bus. There is a 5:38 bus that does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:50. There is a 6:38 bus that reaches the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 7:27 and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:52 and an 8:08 bus which does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 9:15.

 Fare is $9.75 to the GWB or $11.10 to the Port Authority. Pay the fare in cash on the bus; best to have the exact amount.

 Note: the buses that do not go to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should stop at the New Jersey side of the bridge, so you have the option of getting off the bus and taking a shuttle bus or walking across the bridge to Manhattan. Check with the driver when you board.

 Here is the Rockland Coach 9A/9T schedule: Rockland Coach

 There is also the Tappan Zee Express bus, which crosses the Tappan Zee Bridge to Westchester County and stops at the Tarrytown and White Plains Metro North stations, catch the bus on Artope Way behind the M&T Bank that faces Main Street at 5:25, 6:20 and 7:25. The fare is $3.00 cash.

 Here is the Tappan Zee Express Schedule: Tappan Zee Express

Leader: Tom Bergen 917-727-5507 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jones Beach Circular

Event date:
6- 29-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

7-8 mile hike on Beach and Boardwalk, passing the nature center, boat basin, and jetty--time for a swim.  Bring lunch ,water and a swimsuit.

Meeting:  Penn Station, Long Island Ticket Area at 9:00AM for a 9:25AM departure.  Round trip to Freeport and bus to beach.  Must call for hike status Tues evening, June 28th only.

Bronx River: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
6- 25-2016 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.

In addition to the #2 train, you can take the 10:24 Metro North Harlem Line local train from Grand Central, arriving at Woodlawn at 10:51. When you get off at Woodlawn, walk up the stairs at the south end of the platform to the 233rd Street bridge, go left on to 233rd Street, then wait at the stairs in front of the Montefiore Hospital at the southeast corner of 233rd Street and Bronx Boulevard. We will stop at the hospital to use the restrooms when we come down the hill from White Plains Road.

Here is a link to the Metro North schedule: Metro North Harlem Line


Coney Island To Sheepshead Bay - CANCELLED

Event date:
6- 19-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

 

Coney Island to Sheepshead Bay along boardwalk from 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. Flat terrain, moderate pace, 4-5 hours, approximate distance 4-5 miles;    Bring lunch/water and bathing suit. Rain cancels. 

Meeting Place & Time - Meet in front of Nathan's, across street from subway station at 11:00 AM. 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.  Due to subway repairs on the Q and N-lines/stations, I may have to change this walk to another location.  only on day of hike after 10:00 AM. Nonmembers, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club. 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 19-2016 9:20 AM
Members:
Free

About 6 miles Visit the Pines, Cherry Grove, Sunken Forest , and AMC Camp at Atlantique for lemonade, showers & swimming. Pace moderate but sand may be soft.

Meeting: Take 9.22 LIRR rain to Sayville arriving at 10.49 (Please check RR schedule 718 217 5477 or on line under MTA)  then taxi to ferry for the Pines. We return by ferry to BAYSHORE for return to NYC by LIRR. Cost $5 for admission to house, $16 ferries plus train fare. Bring lunch, water, & sunscreen.  Please call leader to confirm that hike will take place especially if rain is possible. Drivers please park at Bayshore east platform and take train at 10.25 to Sayville. Non seniors buy 1 way ticket at machine on west bound platform. DO NOT PARK AT SAYVILLE.

Inwood Park and Shakespeare

Event date:
6- 18-2016 3:30 PM
Members:
Free

We'll tour Inwood Hill and Isham Parks and then see a performance of the Shakespeare play Two Gentlemen of Veronaby the Moose Hall Theatre Company. About 6 miles walking; the play begins at 7:30, we will try to be settled in for the performance by 7:00. The play will end around 9:30.

Meet at 3:30 at the Anne Loftus Playground, located where Riverside Drive, Broadway and Dyckman Street meet. Take the A train to Dyckman Street. 

We will walk west on Dyckman Street, explore the new walkway along the Hudson River, cross into Inwood Park, walk along the river and explore the various trails, walk into Isham Park, then stop at the deli before reaching the performance space on the park peninsula. 

There will be bugs and poison ivy and oak in Inwood Hill Park, so pants might be safer than shorts; there are hills in the park, but we will be going slowly.

Bring dinner and a blanket or towel to sit on. We will stop at a nearby deli which has sandwiches, burgers and salads. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, feel free to go off on your own for takeout. 

Moose Hall Theatre Comany: Moose Hall Theatre Company 

 

Great Manhattan Bridge Walk (Starting at Brooklyn Bridge)

Event date:
6- 18-2016 8:30 AM
Event End Date:
6- 18-2016 9:00 PM
Members:
Free

30 miles, moderate pace, 12 hours. Start at Brooklyn Bridge, end at GW Bridge. We’ll cross all of the 17 bridges on which one can leave Manhattan Island by foot. Bring Metrocard for 2 or 3 bus/subway rides (in addition to the 30 miles of walking.) Bring plenty of water & lunch. Heavy rain at start cancels. 

MEET:  8:30 AM at the Municipal Office Building just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, in Manhattan (Take 4/5/6/J/M/Z train to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge).

End To End: Woodhaven/Crossbay Blvd To Rockaway Beach Queens

Event date:
6- 12-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

10-12 miles, brisk pace. Spectacular views of Manhattan skyline. Over 3 bridges through Ozone Park and Broad Channel to Rockaway Beach. Optional stop at a nature preserve and swimming at Rockaway Beach. Lots of drop-off points. Bring water and lunch or buy along the way.

MEET: 9:00 AM Take the R train to Woodhaven Blvd and meet at Hoffman Park, SW corner near the Q53 bus stop.

Natural Beauty of the Hudson River - Manhattan and Bronx

Event date:
6- 11-2016 9:00 AM
Event End Date:
11- 9-2013 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Some hills, distance 6 miles, duration 4 to 5 hours.  We will walk over the Henry Hudson Bridge to “Wave Hill”. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or camera with optical zoom lens

Meet at 9:00AM at Fort Tryon Park. Take the “A” subway train to 190th Street (take the elevator up to park). . Heavy raincancels.  Leader: Tom McBreen-- call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 238-8073, if weather is question.      

Union Square Shuffle

Event date:
6- 11-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours with several climbs. Visit sites that offer free entertainment during the summer while we shuffle through parts of West Village, Soho, Tribeca and anywhere south of Union Square Park.

MEET: 9 AM in front of Whole Foods Market on 14th St at the southern end of Union Square Park. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Take the N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6, or L train to 14th Street/Union Square. Rain cancels.

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