Events Archive

East Side Walk to Chinatown

Event date:
12- 4-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

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: 3-5 miles. Time 3-4 hours. Bring water. $3 non-members. Rain  or snow on day of walk cancels. Please call or email to confirm that walk is on. Telephone: 201-332-1709 or (Cellphone 201-850-9649 on day of walk only between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM.  Joint with Outdoors Club. $3 Non-members.

Meet 10:00 AM by Bloomingdales at 59th and Lexington Avenue. Take 4,5,6,N,Q,R trains to Lexington Avenue & 59th Street.

Wilhelm Von Knyphausen 1780 Raid Memorial Hike, Part III- Springfield To Summit, NJ

Event date:
12- 3-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Eight-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace, some on rocky trails with substantial elevation gain in South Mountain Reservation. Third in a series of hikes starting in Elizabeth tracing more or less the 1780 route Hessian commander von Kynphausen took (in part) and might have taken had he been successful (he wasn't) marching through the Hobart Gap to destroy the Continental Army in Morristown. 

Meeting:  E-mail (preferred) or phone one of the leaders no earlier than 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.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ to Highlands, NJ

Event date:
11- 27-2016 7:30 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 13 miles

Walk through Atlantic highlands, NJ, a small quaint town along the main street (First Avenue) to the former right of way of the CRRNJ’s seashore branch where we will walk about a mile and a half along the water (on the right of way which is now part of the Henry Hudson Trail), then through Highlands, NJ to Hartshorne Woods park to view Battery Lewis, a World War II coastal gun battery. Then to The Twin lights, the highest point on the eastern seashore at about 260 feet above sea level (while Todt Hill on Staten Island is higher at 401 feet it is not on the eastern seaboard). The Twin lights has a museum and you can go to the top of the north tower for some dramatic views. Then back to Atlantic Highlands along a different route. In Atlantic Highlands we will go to the top of the hill where the Grand Victorian houses are located.

Moderate pace.

For anyone who wants to drop out I can direct you directly to the bus stop which should shorten the route. Keep in mind that the bus runs once every two hours, so if you drop out you may have to wait for the bus.

Meet: Port Authority Bus Station by the commuter statue no later than 7:45 a.m. to get the 8:00 a.m. Academy bus to Atlantic Highlands, NJ (we take the route 36 bus). Bus arrives in Atlantic Highlands, NJ at 9:17 a.m. The commuter statue is located in the south wing of the Port Authority Bus Station.

Bus fare: $34:00/$17.50 senior, round trip.

Important: bring lunch and water as there is no place to buy lunch.

Walk off the Turkey (WOTT)

Event date:
11- 26-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Bring your friends and relatives and join the other Shore walkers 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 AM at the Staten Island Ferry terminal.  #1 train to South Ferry. LEADERS: Cy Adler and friends

The Jersey / Hudson River Saunter – Part 2

Event date:
11- 19-2016 9:15 AM
Members:
Free

Spectacular views of the Big Apple, from a different perspective. Join us on this 14+ mile medium-paced walk. Walk across the George Washington Bridge, spiral south along the Palisades and New Jersey shore. Pass through Historic Hoboken, and finally end at the new pier near Jersey City. Please bring plenty of water, food, and/or lunch for this visually stunning, 7+ hour mini-saunter. Return to Manhattan by PATH ($2.75 fare). 

MEET: 9:15 AM at the Information Booth in the GW Bridge Port Authority Bus Terminal (178th St/Broadway). Take the A Train to the 175th St. Station. Rain, snow or ice cancels.

Eastern Queens: Vanderbilt Motor Parkway

Event date:
11- 13-2016 10:15 AM
Members:
Free

This hike is cancelled due to an injury to the hike leader.

Approximately 8.0 miles on paved park path, mostly flat terrain, with occasional moderate hills along the tree lined Motor Parkway.  We’ll start at the playground at the Alley Pond Tennis Center (79-25 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11427), stroll west on the historic Vanderbilt Motor Parkway with a brief talk on its history, continue our way on the Brooklyn Queens Greenway through wooded park land, to the lovely Kissena Park passing by Kissena Lake, follow through on the Kissena Park Corridor, walking on a wood chip path for approximately 3/4 mile and end up at Kissena Corridor Park on Main Street across from the Queens Botanical Gardens (43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355).  Participants then may continue on their own in the Queens Botanical Gardens, or in nearby Flushing Meadow Corona Park, or travel the short distance north to downtown Flushing.  Multiple bus lines run along Main Street, all go to downtown Flushing where the 7 train and many busses are available.

There is one planned rest stop at a park at 189th Street and Underhill Ave, which is approximately half way.  The walk is approximately 90% within mostly wooded park land, and there are occasional rest room facilities along the way.  Dropping out entails walking several blocks to parallel main roadways where bus service is available. 

Meeting:  10:15 AM in the play ground adjacent to the Alley Pond Tennis Center (79-25 Winchester Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11427).  An express bus from Manhattan (QM6) and a local bus (Q46) stop at Union Turnpike and Winchester Blvd.  From the bus stop proceed north along Winchester Blvd. approximately 200 feet to the Tennis Center, the park is clearly visible to the left as you view the Tennis Center from the street.  We will walk at a moderate pace to enjoy the lovely park vistas.  I expect the total walk will take approximately 3.5 hours.

Directions: This walk is almost entirely within park land and there are no stores nor concessions along the way.  Please bring snacks, lunch and drink sufficient for an 8 mile walk.  Contact hike leader directly if you have questions about the hike.  Free for Shorewalkers members who have paid the annual membership fee, $3 for non-members. Non-members please pay the hike leader at the beginning of the hike or visit www.shorewalkers.org to join. 

Manhattan and Brooklyn: Canstruction, Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
11- 12-2016 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.

Three Lakes/Three Parks in Queens

Event date:
11- 6-2016 9:45 AM
Members:
Free
REMEMBER TO CHANGE CLOCK.
Meet 9:45 at Stirling Bank. Queens Boulevard & 71st Street for  about 6 mile moderately paced walk from Forest Hills to Flushing through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Botanical Garden,  local "farms," Kissena Corridor, Kissena Park, followed by optional dim sum lunch (about $12-$15).  Take E, F, M, or R to 71st Continental. Get out North side. Bring snack. Be prepared for possibly wet areas.

 

Metropolitan Ave.: Williamsburg-Jamaica Turnpike

Event date:
11- 5-2016 9:30 AM
Members:
Free

This hike is cancelled due to an injury to the hike leader.

The total distance  approximately 8.5 miles. The terrain is relatively flat with several rises of approximately 100 ft. which occur gradually over the course of several long City blocks.  We will walk the length of Metropolitan Avenue through Brooklyn and Queens from its western terminus by the East River (River Street) to the eastern end at Jamaica Avenue. According to Wikipedia, Metropolitan Avenue was "originally an Indian trail, [it]  was constructed in 1816 as the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike, a toll road which connected the then villages of Williamsburgh (as it was originally spelled) and Jamaica, New York. The road became a farmer's and stage coach route to the Williamsburgh ferries across the East River to Manhattan.”  

There is one planned rest stop at the Rentar Plaza shopping center (65th Lane and Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, Queens) which is approximately half way.  The Q54 bus runs along Metropolitan Avenue, so there are numerous opportunities to drop off to take that bus or other bus lines that intersect Metropolitan.  There are also at least two locations where there is a subway stop.  The walk will end at the border of Richmond Hill and Jamaica, Queens, where Metropolitan Avenue runs into Jamaica Avenue, one block east of the Van Wyck Expressway.  There is a nearby E train station at the Van Wyck and several bus lines in the area, which can be taken the short distance  to Sutphin Blvd and the Jamaica Center, where there are several bus, subway and LIRR stations. 

Meeting:  We will meet at 9:30 AM Williamsburg in front of the McDonalds on the corner of Broadway and Havemeyer Streets in Brooklyn. The elevated Marcy Avenue J and M trains subway stop (the first stop in Brooklyn after crossing the Williamsburg Bridge) and across from a large bus terminal (Washington Plaza) at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, the terminus of numerous bus lines.  I expect the total walk will take approximately 3.5 hours.

Directions: Please bring snacks, lunch and drink. There are numerous food stores along the way, including fast food and old style deli/bodega shops.  There will be limited stops at points of interest, but the primary meal/rest room break will be at Rentar Plaza.  Leader: John O’Reilly will  be joined by Linda Fisher, a noted leader of walks and tours throughout the City, with a particular focus on Queens neighborhoods.

 

Bear Mountain Day Trip

Event date:
11- 5-2016 8:00 AM
Members:
Free

We'll take the Short Line bus to Bear Mountain, and walk about 4 miles on the Appalachian Trail trail up and down the mountain and another 2 or 3 miles walking across the Bear Mountain Bridge and through the zoo.

 The Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain climbs over 1,000 feet and features 870 steps; it does get steep at times and it does get narrow at times. The hike will be about two miles each way. 

Bring lunch, we will eat on top of the mountain and there is no food there.

 1. Buy a round trip ticket to Bear Mountain at the Shortline ticket window, second floor of the south wing of the Port Authority bus terminal. The bus leaves at 8:45, the ticket lines are slow and may be long, try to arrive at the ticket window by 8:00. The bus will leave from the fourth floor, gates 401-409. Ask the ticket seller for the gate number; on the fourth floor also look for the expediter; if one bus gets full, he will switch the line to another bus at another gate. Don't worry which Bear Mountain bus you are on, just make sure it's a bus to Bear Mountain.

 2. When we get off the bus, we'll go inside the Bear Mountain Inn for the cafe, restrooms and water fountain. If we are on two buses, we'll wait and all meet up by the doors on the north east corner of the inn, on the right side as you face the inn from the road.

 3. Then we'll walk up the Appalachian Trail to the top of Bear Mountain. We'll actually start by walking up the Sufferen-Bear Mountain trail, which has a yellow blaze, then quickly switch to the Appalachian Trail, which has a white blaze.

 4. Keep following the white blazes up the mountain, you will cross the scenic drive three times on the way and end up at the overlook just south of the Perkins Memorial Tower, a 4-story observatory with historical exhibits and awesome views all the way to Manhattan. The top of the mountain is 1283 feet above sea level.

 5. We will eat lunch on top of the mountain, where there is no food, except maybe a couple of vending machines. The restroom at the top of the mountain is closed for renovations, leaving only portable johns and no running water.

 6. After lunch, back down the Appalachian Trail. Follow the white blazes, cross the scenic drive three times, toward the bottom take a right on to the yellow trail (it's easier and shorter) and head back to the inn.

 7. Then we'll take another rest stop at the inn for the cafe, restrooms and water fountains. We'll meet up outside the doorway by the cafe, the same doorway where we started the hike.

8. Next, through the tunnel under Route 9 to the zoo, a walk through the zoo to a river overlook, across to the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge and back, then walk back through the zoo and the tunnel to the inn. The zoo requests a $1.00 donation.

 Feel free to wander around on your own at any time, but make sure to get the 5:15 bus. There is also a 3:15 bus back to the city if you want to leave early. The buses back to the city stop at the same place we get dropped off, in front of the small lawn with the flag pole on the east side of the inn.

 Here is a map of Bear Mountain: Bear Mountain map ( http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/BearMountainTrailMap.pdf )

 Here's a satellite view, the top of the mountain is inside the looped roadway: Bear Mountain satellite ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Mountain+Inn/@41.306199,-73.993809,7452a,20y,227.54h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xde6bbdcc1399b429!8m2!3d41.3118879!4d-73.9886961 )

 Here's another satellite view, showing the bridge: Bear Mountain and bridge ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Mountain+Inn/@41.3106894,-73.9735421,15214a,20y,227.54h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xde6bbdcc1399b429!8m2!3d41.3118879!4d-73.9886961 )

 Here are nice photos of a hike up Bear Mountain (but on a different trail than we will take): Bear Mountain hike ( http://www.nycdayhiking.com/hikes/bearmtn.htm )

 Meet: 8:00 a.m. at the Short Line ticket windows on the second floor of the south side of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Return to Manhattan by the 5:15 Short Line bus, arriving back at the bus terminal at 7:00. Round trip is $27.80. Here is a link to the bus info.: Bear Mountain Bus ( https://www.coachusa.com/shortline/booking.asp?action=ProductDetail&TRP=1&productId=1983 )

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

Hallett Nature Sanctuary to West Village

Event date:
10- 29-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Around 5-8 miles at a moderately brisk pace on paved streets.  Starting to visit the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park viewing many unique
plants. This Sanctuary was opened to public recently. We will proceed to the Central Park West at 72nd street to walk along the Riverside Park viewing various wild flowers, weeds, and sculptures being sponsored by the NYC.  Finally we'll reach the elevated 1930's freight rail station. The High Line
had been transformed into a wild wonderland of the city wilderness.  After lunch we'll be heading to the west village to spend some time in the flower garden of the ST. Lucks' church.  There will be an optional late post-lunch snacks at a Grom's Ice Cream or Joe's Pizza.
 
Meet 10:00AM @59th street , the Fifth Avenue  Central Park Entrance. Take R N Q trains to 5th Ave./59th St.
Bring lunch, water and snacks. Dress according to the weather.  Call for the walk status no later than9:30PM, a day before walk @ 917 670 3845 

George Washington Bridge to Piermont via the Long Path

Event date:
10- 29-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

A fast-paced 18 mile, 7 to 8 hour hike along the top of the Palisades to Piermont with return to NYC by bus. Start by walking across the George Washington Bridge, then north on the Long Path past Allison Park, Rockefeller Lookout, Alpine Lookout, the ruins of Clifdale Manor, Park Headquarters, State Line Lookout, then into Tallman Mountain State Park and then Piermont. 

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

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 which is linked below.

Bring lunch, snacks, beverages. We will take an early rest stop at a gas station along the Parkway, then it will be seven miles before our next rest stop, when we eat our lunch at the Palisades Park Headquarters, which has water, restrooms, a soda machine and a backyard to eat in but has no food. We will also take a rest stop at the State Line Lookout, which has a snack bar. 

Return bus from Piermont at 4:47 p.m., arriving back at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 5:27 ($9.40 fare) and Port Authority Bus Terminal at 5:52 ($10.50 fare). Pay cash when boarding the bus, best to have exact change.

Here is the trail map for Palisades Park, which has most of the hike in great detail including where to catch the bus if you drop out: Palisades Park map

Here is a nice blog post about Cliffdale Manor, which we will pass along the way: Cliffdale Manor

Meet at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station temporary waiting room, Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street, one block west of Braodway. Take the A train to 175th Street. Or the 1 train to 181st Street, walk west to Broadway, left to 179th Street, right to Fort Washington Avenue.

 

Annual Meeting

Event date:
10- 28-2016 7:00 PM
Members:
Free

All members are invited. Please suggest members who might join the Board of Directors or become officers; Email or call to nominate anyone including yourself. Help bring Shorewalkers to a wider public and expand our environmental involvement. Potluck: Bring your favorite dish, drink or contribute $5. 

Registration: Please register below if you plan to attend.  Under Individual Registration please enter your name and email address to receive the confirmation with meeting location.

Time:  Meeting 7:00PM 

 

Rockefeller Preserve

Event date:
10- 23-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 12 to 13 miles at a moderate pace.

Walk from Philipse Manor through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to the Rockefeller Preserve. Walk on former carriage roads alongside brooks and the Pocantico River.

Important: Bring lunch and water.

Meet: Grand Central Station at 9:00 a.m.by the information booth to take the 9:20 train to Philipse Manor, arriving at 10:16. Check schedule for possible changes.

Fare round trip from Grand Central: $20.50/$13.50 seniors, 65 and older; r/t from Marble Hill $10.50/$5.00 seniors, 65 and older. Rain cancels.

 

Cranberry Lake Circular

Event date:
10- 22-2016 9:25 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles, moderate pace. Explore marked trails in a Westchester County park near Valhalla. Lunch at a museum’s picnic tables.

MEETCall leader to make sure hike is on.  9:25 AM at Grand Central Terminal, upper level information booth. Round trip fare $20 (about $10 from the Bronx). Bring lunch and water. No smoking on the hike.  LEADER: Mayer Wiesen 516-671-2095

The Bridges and Waterways of New York's Central Park

Event date:
10- 22-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

This is a moderately paced adventure under, over, around and through many of the amazing architectural wonders throughout Central Park. We begin our walk at the southwest tip of Central Park South and zigzag our way up the eastern half of Central Park to The Harlem Meer at 110th St. Then we circle back along the western half of the park and finish at Sheep's Meadow.

Please bring water and lunch or snack for this fascinating 5-hour journey of approx. 8 miles. 

MEET: 9 AM sharp at the Atrium entrance to the Time Warner Towers Complex at 59th St. & Columbus Circle. Take the A, D or 1 train to 59th St. Rain or Shine!

The Great Manhattan Bridge Walk

Event date:
10- 22-2016 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

Start at GW Bridge, end at Brooklyn Bridge.  We will walk for about 12 hours and cross over 17 bridges that we can walk over from Manhattan Island. The entire route is about 30 miles of walking, plus 1-2 bus/subway rides. Bring water, sandwiches, snacks, and Metro Card.  Moderately paced; there may be a “fast group” for those that can walk faster and father.

Meet: 8:45 AM at the Fort Washington Avenue and 179 th street, outside of the George Washing ton Bus station. (By subway, take A train to 175th Street, or 1 train to 181st Street.) Heavy rain at start cancels. 

Walkway Over the Hudson

Event date:
10- 15-2016 11:45 AM
Event End Date:
10- 15-2016 4:00 PM
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.

Meet: in the Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station Waiting Room. Take the Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to The Poughkeepsie station (last stop). We will meet in the station waiting room at 11:45.

SOUTH BRONX VIA OLD AND NEW RANDALL’S ISLE BRIDGES (New Hike)

Event date:
10- 15-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Changing hoods…

Walk over the Triborough bridge, now named the RFK bridge, to Randalls Island, along Bronx Kill, over new bridge to changing hoods in the South Bx. Explore waterfront area. Then go either east towards Hunt Point, or north to 149th Street….

Meet:   Sat., 15th October  11AM , Lexington and 125th St., SE corner.     

Disance: 4 to 7 miles

West Side River Walk, Art and Diner

Event date:
10- 15-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Five miles with river vistas. A hike through the surreal subterranean channels of the art galleries on 57th street. Follow the Westside Greenway to the 57th street galleries.

Optional early dinner at Parnell's (53rd and First avenue).

Meet at the North-West corner of 8th avenue and 14th street at 10:00 a.m.(A,C, and E trains).

Great food with drinks at special prices, about $21 to $25 including tip.

Bring a light lunch or snack.

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