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CANCELED ROBERT MOSES FOOT PATH, 79th TO 129th + ADDITIONS

Event date:
12- 9-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

CANCELED

Distance: 3 miles

Meet: 11:00 a.m.

Walk on part of the 120 acres of Riverside Park created by Robert Moses, along dirt path scouted by Shorewalkers.

Moses was NYC's greatest builder of parks and playgrounds. See mouth of Amtrak train tunnel, view of Grant’s Tomb, wilderness area….

Have lunch at a Cuban Restaurant.

MEET 11 AM, 79th and Riverside Drive. 

Cross the Bronx

Event date:
12- 9-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

This hike has been cancelled.

Route: 10-12 miles, brisk pace, pavement, residential neighborhoods NOTE: we cross one bridge over open water  Breaks: restroom/food breaks (short) Bring: water, snacks (will be places to buy along the way too)

We will start in Manhattan, cross the Washington Bridge at East 181st, and then walk across the Bronx following the route of the infamous Cross Bronx Expressway, which is generally acknowledged to be the most intrusive road in the city. Many neighborhoods were bulldozed and buried to create this road. On this walk, we will explore the unique community fabric, odd street layouts, and beautiful parks that have developed on either side of this poorly planned roadway.

We will essentially cross the Bronx with the Cross Bronx, starting at Washington Bridge and ending where the Expressway ends at Throgs Neck. We will see the section of the Cross Bronx that is slated to be redone as a tree-lined boulevard. We will end at a park in Edgewater at the Bx8 bus which goes to Buhre Ave on the 6 line and also connects to several BxM buses.

In case of extreme weather, we cancel.

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

Meet: 10:30AM 181st Street 1 Train station (Manhattan, 181st and St. Nicholas Ave, across the street from Chase Bank) End: Bicentennial Memorial Park (Bronx) by the Bx8 which connects to the 6 Train and several BxM buses. Check for weekend subway route changes here: MTA Weekender ( http://web.mta.info/weekender.html)

 

Manhattan: Holiday Walk across 57th Street

Event date:
12- 9-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Christmas and Holiday Walkdown 57th Street across to 42nd Street and up 42nd Street (with a short walk on Madison Avenue-- 57th Street to 72nd Street and back to 57th Street.  Relaxed walking, about four to five hours.

Meet10:00AM inside the Time Warner Building. Take the “1”or the “A” subway train to 59th Street (Columbus Circle). Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. We will walk rain or shine. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes.    

Central Park Brisk Walk

Event date:
12- 7-2017 6:00 PM
Members:
Free

Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is the first of what will be a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. We will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.

Meeting: We will be meeting at the SE most corner of the Park

 

East Side Walk to Chinatown

Event date:
12- 3-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 4-5 miles.  Walk along 1st Avenue  and East River Walkway from 59th and Lexington Ave to Chinatown. Bathrooms available at Home Depot nearby. Optional (possibly late) lunch at Chinese Restaurant of leader’s choice.  Distance: 4-5 miles. Time 3-4 hours.

Meet 10:00 AM by Bloomingdale's at 59th and Lexington Avenue. Take 4,5,6,N,,R trains to Lexington Avenue & 59th Street.  Bring water. Rain  or snow on day of walk cancels. 

Please call or email to confirm that walk is on.  Joint with Outdoors Club. $3 Non-members.

Central Park Brisk Walk

Event date:
11- 30-2017 6:00 PM
Members:
Free

Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is the first of what will be a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. We will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.

Meeting: We will be meeting at the SE most corner of the Park

 

Queens' Waterfront, Part I

Event date:
11- 26-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 14 miles

Pace: Moderate

Meet at southwest corner of Vernon Blvd and 50th Ave., Long Island City at 9:00 a.m., Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave. station, number 7 line. Check to be sure that the number 7 train is running. If the number 7 is not running meeting place is still the same. MTA will provide a shuttle bus to meeting place.

Walk the Queens waterfront from Long Island City to Flushing; at least as much of it as we can get to. Pass Socrates Sculpture Park, Steinway mansion, and Lent-Riker-Smith homestead (circa 1654).

Drop-off points.

Important: bring water and lunch. Food and water not available where we will have lunch.

Central Park Walk and Optional Holiday Nostalgia Train ride

Event date:
11- 26-2017 1:00 AM
Members:
Free

A 6 mile moderate paced 3 hour walk from the recently opened 96 street / 2nd Ave Q Subway station to northern Central Park and ending at Grand Army Plaza at the south end of Central Park.

The plan is to depart from the 2nd Ave and 96 street Q train station, walk along 96 street to Central Park. From there we’ll explore Central Park from North to South passing by the Conservatory Garden, Harlem Meer, The Ravine, The Pool, The Jackie O Reservoir, The Great Lawn, The Lake, The Ramble, The Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain, The Mall, Wollman Rink, The Pond ending at the Grand Army Plaza at 5th Ave and 59 street.

As an optional walk prequel, attendees can ride the 1930’s era Holiday Nostalgia Subway Train to the meetup location at the 96 st / 2nd Ave Q subway station. This train will depart from the 2nd Ave F train stop at 12pm on Sunday November 26, 2017.

The walk leader John K plans on riding the Holiday Nostalgia Train from the 2nd Ave F train stop to the meetup location at 96st / 2nd Ave.

The Holiday Nostalgia Train is a special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.

There is no extra charge for riding this train, just the normal fare you pay for riding the subway. http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/holidaynostalgiarides/

The second departure of this train for the 2017 holiday season is scheduled for 12pm from the 2nd Ave / Houston stop of the F train. It should take approximately 30 minutes for the train to travel from 2nd Ave to 96 street making local stops along 6th Ave before switching to the 2nd Ave Q train line at Lexington Ave / 63 street.

The Holiday Nostalgia Train should be parked for approximately 25 minutes between runs at the 2nd Ave Station. So anyone interested in riding the train can arrive at the 2nd Ave F train station 25 minutes prior to the 12pm departure, which gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore the train.

Since this is the first time the Holiday Nostalgia Train will be traveling to 96 street / 2nd Ave Q train stop, I don’t know if it will stay parked in the 96st station, or proceed into the tunnel north of 96 st between runs.

If the 2nd Ave F train stop is inconvenient to you, you can catch the train at any of these local stops Broadway Lafayette, West 4st, 14st, 23st, 34st, 42st, 47/50st, 57 st , Lex/63st, 72st, or 86 street stations. Just arrive at one of these stations shortly after 12pm and judge for yourselves how long it should take the train to reach that station assuming it left 2nd ave at 12pm.

Rain postpones this event. No food stops. Bring snacks and water (the water fountains in Central Park are shut down for the winter).

Meeting location:

Inside the north end of 96 street / 2nd Ave Q train station. Follow the signs to the 96st exit. We’ll do the sign in’s inside the turnstiles in the mezzanine area near 96st. Meeting inside the turnstiles gives attendees the option enjoy the subway art in the station or return to the train platform to take photos of the Holiday Vintage train (if it stays parked in the station) while we wait for the whole group to sign in.

People who do not arrive by subway and don’t have a metro card, can wait just outside the turnstiles and sign in there when we begin our walk.

Meeting time:

1:00 pm at 96st Q train for sign-in or (optionally) 12pm at 2nd Ave F train.

People interested in taking the optional Holiday Nostalgia train, should try to get to the 2nd Ave F train stop shortly before 12pm or catch the train when it makes a local stop at a station convenient to you.

Ending location: 5th Ave / 59th Street Grand Army Plaza. Subways: N, R and W

Ending time: 4:00 pm

Distance: 6 miles

Bathrooms: Conservatory Garden 1 mile. Delacorte Theater: 3.5 miles Bethesda Fountain: 4.5 miles Grand Army Plaza: 6 miles (Central Park Arsenal, Plaza Hotel or Trump Tower)

Drop out points: Numerous.


WALK OFF THE TURKEY (WOTT)

Event date:
11- 25-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 12 miles

Meet: 10:00 a.m.

Bring your friends andrel atives and join the other Shorewalkers for our annual post-Thanksgiving walk from Battery to the Little Red Lighthouse.

This is the perfect way to socialize, enjoy the Hudson shoreline in the fall and walk off those pesky holiday calories at the same time.

About 12 miles and 5 hours later we’ll be at the GW Bridge.

Bring lunch and water, plan to join others for a mid-day snack at the end of the walk.

MEET: 10 a.m. at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. #1 train to South Ferry. 

Three Lakes/Three Parks in Queens

Event date:
11- 19-2017 9:45 AM
Members:
Free

Starting in Forest Hills, ending in downtown Flushing, this moderately paced walk (about 6 miles) goes through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Botanical Garden (Kissena Corridor, Kissena Park),  with an optional dim sum meal in Flushing ($12-$15).  Bring snack, water. Exercise! History!  Nature! Friendship!

 

Meet9:45 at Sterling Bank on north side of Queens Boulevard. Take E,F,R, or M to 71st Ave./Continental. 

 

The Croton Aqueduct Trail to the Museum of the City of New York

Event date:
11- 18-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 8 miles, 4 to 5 hours.

We meet at Broadway and 168 Street and travel east to Highbridge Park where we will view the Highbridge over the Harlem River.

From Highbridge Park we travel south past Jackie Robinson Park to City College. If desired we could detour to visit the colonial Morris-Jumel Mansion.

From City College we walk to Saint Nicholas Park, Morningside Park and over to Central Park. In Central Park we will stop at the Dana Discovery Center and the Conservatory Garden.

The hike will end at the Museum of the City of New York, which has an exhibit about the Croton Aqueduct system. Suggested admission $18.00, but py what you wish.

Meet: Broadway and 168th Street,northwest corner near the Starbucks. Take the 1 or A train to 168th street.



Central Park Brisk Walk

Event date:
11- 16-2017 6:00 PM
Members:
Free

Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is the first of what will be a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. We will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.

Meeting: We will be meeting at the SE most corner of the Park

 

Manhattan and Brooklyn: Canstruction, Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
11- 11-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Relaxed walking, slight inclines, about five to six hours. Winter Garden, City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park).  Walkers may donate cans of food which will be used in the canstruction then donated to food kitchens at the end of the exhibit.

Meet :10:00AM at Broadway and Vesey Street (northwest corner of Vesey Street).

Directions: Take 1,2 or 3 subway train to Chambers Street and walk five blocks south to Vesey Street or the “A” or “E” subway train to Church Street and walk one block east to Broadway. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens.  We will  walk rain or shine. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

Central Park Brisk Walk

Event date:
11- 9-2017 6:00 PM
Members:
Free

Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is the first of what will be a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. We will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.

Meeting: We will be meeting at the SE most corner of the Park

 

Full Moon Hike on the Hudson

Event date:
11- 4-2017 3:15 PM
Members:
Free

As day fades to night  with the trail illuminated by the light of the full moon, walk along the Hudson River under Hook Mountain. Distance: about 5 miles for 2 to 3 hours. Bring water, flashlight (just in case), and a snack. Rain cancels. Last bus returning to NY at 10:08 p.m.  Joint hike with AMC

Please note, registration for this walk is full.  Only those who registered will be permitted to attend.

MEET: Take Rockland Coaches (Coach USA,  Bus 9A from Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT, 40th street & 8th Ave), South Wing, (gate 220); bus departs (PABT) 2:22PM PM and arrives at Nyack (Broadway & Cedar Hill Ave.) at 3:29PM where leader will meet the bus. Please be sure to take the bus indicated as there are a number of different buses to Nyack arriving at a different location.

State Line to GWB via the Long Path

Event date:
11- 4-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

About 15 miles and 6 to 7 hours.

We'll take the 9:15 AM Route 9W Rockland Coach bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the New York-New Jersey state line at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and walk south to and across the George Washington bridge.

Usually we walk north and take the bus south, this time we'll walk our way south into the sun setting on New York as it heads for warmer southern locales.

The bus will arrive at the state line around 10:00 AM. We'll stop for an early rest break at the State Line cafe, then at the Park headquarters, then take a break at Alpine Lookout, Rockefeller Lookout, and the Sunoco station, then cross the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan.

Most of the leaves should be off the trees by this time, so we'll have wide views across Westchester and New York city. It could be windy along the cliffs, so bring layers to wear, and the trail could get muddy, so hiking shoes would be better than sneakers.

This hike has beautiful views along the Hudson River; it also has some steep hills, trails with rocks, tree roots, branches and fallen trees that must be walked, climbed or clambered over and very few drop off points. Also see the park advisory regarding ticks, snakes and poison ivy: Palisades Park Advisory (http://www.njpalisades.org/pdfs/advisory.pdf).

To drop off the hike early, you will need to catch the bus along Route 9W. There is a bus every hour, it makes limited stops and there are limited access points to Route 9 along the hike, if you want to leave early let me know and we can plan your escape. The bus stops are noted on the park map: Palisades Park map (http://www.njpalisades.org/pdfs/brochureColor.pdf)

Here is the bus schedule: Rockland Coach Route 9W (http://web.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAssets/files/97/route09w.pdf)

Meet: 8:45 AM at the commuter statues in the ticket area of the South Wing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Buy one way ticket on Rockland Coach to State Line at the Lamont-Doherty Eath Observatory. The fare will be around $10.00.

 

 

Sewage Plants and Fashionable Neighborhoods

Event date:
10- 29-2017 11:30 AM
Members:
Free

To celebrate New York City's water resources, Cy Adler, the founder of Shorewalkers, has recently opened a series of Shorewalkers hikes around the wastewater (sewage) treatment plants of NYC with a walk through the Ward's Island Plant. If you want to learn more about NYC's fascinating water system: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/wastewater/index.shtml

We continue the series with a hike through two more of the 14 plants for a total of about 6-7 miles. We will be seeing the Red Hook Plant and the state of the art Newtown Creek Plant. We will be walking through all sorts of neighborhoods: the ugly post-industrial, the interesting post-post-industrial, the very self-conscious and fashionable, and the very Polish! The Newtown Creek Plant includes a nice nature walk on the waterfront. 

Between the two plants, we will see some nice monuments and waterfront parks and we won't be too far from the part of NY Harbor that, in the 18th century could be forded waist-deep. We will be taking short restroom/water/snack breaks, but no long lunch break. We will aim to keep this at a brisk pace to wrap up early. 

Meet: Dekalb Ave (B, Q, R train) outside Applebee's 
(note: if the 2,3 train is more convenient, you can take it to Hoyt street and walk to Dekalb - a 3 minute walk) 
End: Greenpoint station (G train)

If you can't make it, please un-RSVP in time. If you are running a few minutes late, text me and we'll wait or I'll tell you how to catch up.

 

 

CANCELLED East River Walk to Hallett Nature Sanctuary

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

THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED! 

 

About 6-7 miles along the East River path to 50th St. and along the 1st Ave . Walking on newly renovated & constructed promenades of the East River; viewing newly planted various plants and flowers as well as a briery; and spending time to appreciate the human determination to built two bridges ( Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges ).

We will get in to the UN headquarter to learn about it's mission to keep peace and prosperity of the world. Bring your photo ID.  We may also be able to visit a private garden located at 42nd street.

Post walk to the Central Park Hallett Nature Sanctuary is an optional walk.

Meet 10:30AM at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal lobby, Manhattan side, near the escalator, on your side as you enter the Ferry terminal.  Take the #1 train to South Ferry Station or the #4or 5 train to Bowling Green to walk to the Ferry Terminal. The R or W trains to WHITEHALL is another option.

Bring lunch,water and snack. Dress according to the weather and prepare for rain.    Heavy storm cancels the walk.  Call to confirm evening up to 9:30 P.M.  Joint Walk. Members only. PLEASE NO SLOW WALKERS!!!

Walkway Over the Hudson

Event date:
10- 28-2017 11:45 AM
Event End Date:
10- 28-2017 3:00 PM
Cut off date:
10- 28-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Ride Metro-North along the Hudson River and take a walk on the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been recently converted to a pedestrian walkway. Beautiful views of the River and surrounding mountains in the Poughkeepsie - Highland area from 212 feet above the water. Moderately paced, the round trip walk from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station is about 5 miles.

Bronx-Yonkers Border and Sandhogs Memorial

Event date:
10- 28-2017 11:45 AM
Members:
Free

Meet: Riverdale Metro-North Station, outside the station on 254th street and Railroad Terrace 

End: Pelham Bay (last stop of 6 train) 
Distance: 12- 13 miles, pavement, mostly residential streets, some park trails 
Pace: Brisk, we will aim to walk at 3mph+ 
Bring: Water, snacks 
Breaks: restroom stop but no lunch break (we can snack as we walk)

The 'official' start time is 11:48 am at the Riverdale Metro-North station (the 11:20 from Grand Central arrives at 11:48), but since the subway may be more convenient for many people, you have the option of meeting me at 11am at 242nd street (last stop of 1 train) on the East side of Broadway.

From there, we will walk to meet the Metro-North arriving group by 11:48. Please note that meeting me on Broadway will add approximately 2 more miles to your total distance for the day. 

If everyone meets by the subway, we just go north from there, but if at least one person will be arriving by Metro-North, we will make the detour to the station. So if you plan on getting there by Metro-North, please text me either the night before or early in the morning.

Restrooms: there are public restrooms at the 242nd street meeting point. If you are arriving by train, use the Metro-North restrooms. We will not be taking a restroom break until about mile 4 into the walk. 

We will be walking as close to the official Bronx-Yonkers border as possible, which is a straight line for the most part, except for a strange loop around Wakefield (which doesn't seem so strange once you know that the border was originally mapped to match the northern bank of the Bronx River and when the river was straightened, the original border delineation was left in place.)

At about mile 3, we will be taking a short detour from the border into the Woodlawn area of the Bronx for two reasons: to take a water/restroom break and to see the Tunnel Workers (Sandhogs) Memorial, which is one of the most special memorials in the city and one of my favorite places in the Bronx. During this detour, we will be very close to the 4 train - for anyone who wants to drop out at this point. After we cross Wakefield, the last leg of the hike is eastward to the LI Sound boundary of the Bronx and then south through Pelham Bay Park to our ending point at the 6 train.

Drop out points: 
4 miles - 4 train (Woodlawn) 
5 miles - 2, 5 train (Nereid Ave) 
5.5 miles - Wakefield Metro-North station 
13 miles (finish) - 6 train (Pelham Bay)

 

 

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