Events Archive

Impromptu Hike: The Great Manhattan Bridge Walk

Event date:
2- 28-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Start at GW Bridge, end at Brooklyn Bridge.  We will walk for about
12 hours and cross over all 16 bridges leading off Manhattan Island
that can be crossed by foot. The entire route will be 27+ miles of
walking, plus two or three bus/subway rides. Bring water,
sandwiches, snacks, and Metro Card.  Moderately paced, plus
there may be a “fast group” for those who want to walk faster and
farther. Walk will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow.
Meet
: 9:00AM at the GW Bridge Port Authority Bus Station, in
Manhattan by the GW Bridge on Fort Washington between 178th
and 179th streets, on the east side of the main floor, near the
restrooms. (By subway, take A train to 175th Street, or 1 train to
181st Street. Contact leader the day before event if you have questions.

 

Westside Shore Walk

Event date:
2- 22-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
West Side Shorewalk, about 5 miles.  Shore walk along the Hudson River Path.  Bring lunch and water.
  
Meet at 11 A.M.  Take #1, 2 or 3 train to 72nd St. subway stop. Call leader, Ellen at 212-861-4267 to confirm.

Sheepshead Bay to Prospect

Event date:
2- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
2- 14-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

 Dedicated to Mike Pollack. Walk from Sheepshead Bay to Prospect Park past interesting things including several associated with Mike Pollack's hikes.  8-12 essentially flat miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and park paths.  Bring lunch, snacks and water.  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. 

Museums Around Central Park

Event date:
2- 8-2015 1:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

Depending on weather we will either do the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at 91st or walk north on the east side of the park to end at 103rd St, where will end at either the Jewish Museum or the Museum of the City of New York. Call if weather doubtful; hike may be canceled for rain, snow, or excessive cold and wind. Bathrooms, lunch, snacks, beverages available. Joint with NHOC, a long Island club.  Optional Dinner After.  Bring Lunch, Snack Water. MEMBERS ONLY. No dogs on hike.

Meet at 1pm in Lobby of the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 E. 90th Street, just across from the park entrance at 90th St and Fifth Ave

 

Impromptu Walk: Hempstead Lake State Park

Event date:
2- 8-2015 10:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free

6-7 miles moderate. Walk 1/2 miles through streets before getting to park.

 Meet leader at Rockville Centre LIRR station. Train gets there at 10:38 am, will leave 10:45 am. Check www.mta.info or 718-217 LIRR. Give yourself an hour from NYC. Bring lunch and water, will come back to same spot. Leader J Socolick 516 359 1591 serious calls only, email preferred This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Meet at down-stairs meeting room. Cancelled if raining/snowing. Nonmembers: $3. 

 

Hudson River Waterfront South Walk

Event date:
2- 1-2015 8:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Here’s an opportunity for a challenging winter’s walk, 20-mile walking event that runs close to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line which provides an easy way to return and options to do less if you choose, along the southern portion of the Hudson River Waterfront all the way from Liberty State Park to the tip of Bayonne.

This is the first of special walking events which we call a “United Walking Event” where several walking organizations participate independently and together as we walk toward our goal. We will walk where we can along developing trails of the Liberty Water Gap Trail and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. Show your perseverance and your dedication by walking with the FreeWalkers and join us for a celebration of walking at the Zeppelin Hall afterwards. 

Meeting: Outside Zeppelin Beer Hall and walk into Liberty State Park along Audrey Zapp Drive to the magnificent “Empty Sky" memorial where we will meet with all groups and participants at 9:00 a.m. then along the promenade at the water’s edge. There’s outstanding views of New York City, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Directions: Zeppelin Hall (Start & Finish)Street: 88 Liberty View Dr.  Jersey City.  Path train to Grove St.  Light rail to Jersey Ave. For other route options click on the route map.

This is a joint hike sponsored by Freewalkers.  You may register for this event through their registration process: Freewalkers Registraion

 

 

 

Connetquot River Plus Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Event date:
1- 31-2015 9:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Cancelled due to trail conditions

Two options 6 or 10 miles. Flat. Brisk pace. Not for slow hikers. A winter hike to an interesting Connetquot Park Preserve. See  ponds, river, fish hatchery and wildlife; drop out after 6 miles or if you wish, continue to exploring the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Bring water, lunch and hot beverage, wear hiking boots. Rain, snow or cancel.

Meeting:  From Penn Station take the 9:16 AM LIRR train to Great River . Fare $25.50 round   trip/seniors $17.50. Leader will meet group at Great River train station at 10:33 a.m. (Check mta.info\lirr for current train schedule). 

 

 

Scottish Masterpieces and St. John the Divine - Rescheduled

Event date:
1- 25-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This is a rescheduling of the hike that was rained out on January 18.

About 5 miles and 5 hours. 

We'll start at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and walk across Central Park to The Frick Collection to see theMasterpieces from the Scottish National Collection and El Grecoexhibits. (Admission to the Frick is pay what you wish on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)  The Frick Collection

After an hour in the Frick, we'll walk back across Central Park and spend about 45 minutes having lunch at the Whole Foods at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue. 

Next, we will walk north on Columbus Avenue and visit St. John the Divine Cathedral at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue to view Phoenix, two large sculptures which hang from the ceiling of the Cathedral. (Admission to the Cathedral is pay what you wish.) The Phoenix

We should be done at the Cathedral by 3:30. The 1 train is nearby at 110th Street and Broadway, the C train is nearby at 110th Street and Central Park West.

Meet: 10:30 a.m. inside the Time Warner Atrium at Columbus Circle, Take the 1, A, D or C train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

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

Central Park and East River Shorewalk

Event date:
1- 24-2015 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
7- 6-2013 3:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
About 5 miles.  Explore the East River Promenade and Central Park
 
Meeting:  Take # 6 train to Lexington Ave. 68th St. subway stop.  Meet 11 A.M.  Bring lunch and water.  Call leader, to confirm.

Scottish Masterpieces and St. John the Divine

Event date:
1- 18-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 5 miles and 5 hours. 

We'll start at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and walk across Central Park to The Frick Collection to see theMasterpieces from the Scottish National Collection and El Greco exhibits. (Admission to the Frick is pay what you wish on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)  The Frick Collection

After an hour in the Frick, we'll walk back across Central Park and spend about 45 minutes having lunch at the Whole Foods at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue. 

Next, we will walk north on Columbus Avenue and visit St. John the Divine Cathedral at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue to view Phoenix, two large sculptures which hang from the ceiling of the Cathedral. (Admission to the Cathedral is pay what you wish.) The Phoenix

We should be done at the Cathedral by 3:00. The 1 train is nearby at 110th Street and Broadway, the C train is nearby at 110th Street and Central Park West.

Meet: 10:30 a.m. inside the Time Warner Atrium at Columbus Circle, Take the 1, A, D or C train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

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

 

Robert Moses Foot Path

Event date:
1- 17-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This 3-mile ‘desire path’  dirt trail was created by walkers and joggers, mainly on top of the concrete train tunnel-chamber built by Robert Moses in Riverside Park. Constructed  in the 1930s, The RMFP goes from West 80th Street to West 129th Street. Robert Moses’ massive covered tunnel  added over 120 acres to Riverside Park. 

MEET:  at Riverside Drive at West 80th near the Warsaw  Take #1 train to West 79th Street.

Brooklyn Walk

Event date:
1- 17-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

 5-6 miles at a moderate pace. Walk through the financial district, over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park along the Brooklyn waterfront to Atlantic Avenue. Optional late lunch at a Middle-Eastern restaurant on Atlantic Ave.  Rain or snow cancels. Please call or email leaer to confirm that walk is on.  Joint Walk

Meet: at Hotel Millenium in lobby at Church and Fulton Street at 10:00 AM. 

Panther, Ladentown & Limekiln Mts. Circular

Event date:
1- 14-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

7 miles, steep hills,  scrambles possible in Harriman State Park

Meet 9:30 at Ramapo Equestrian Center, 1152 Haverstraw Rd. Suffern NY 10901.

Driving Directions.Take N.J. Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 59 east and follow it for 1.6 miles to the first traffic light in the village of Suffern. Turn left at the light onto U.S. Route 202 north, follow it for 5.4 miles, then turn left into the Town of Ramapo Equestrian Center. Continue over a small bridge and park on the left, just before the white, fenced-in riding area. Bring water, lunch & Micro-spikes, just in case.  Please let me know if you are coming and as always, check email by 7am for possible cancellation, 917-913-2742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Impromptu hike: Harriman Loop Hike

Event date:
1- 12-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Cancelled due to weather

About 10 miles moderately strenuous trail hike. This loop hike climbs to two dramatic viewpoints - Almost Perpendicular and Claudius Smith's Rock - and goes through the interesting Elbow Brush

Claudius Smith, after whom this rock formation is named, was a thief who was reputed to have used the caves at its base as a hideout during the Revolutionary War. He was captured by an officer of the Continental Army and hanged at the jail in Goshen in 1779. The view from the top of Claudius Smith Rock extends west to the village of Tuxedo.

Meeting:  9:30AM and will end approximately 2:30PM.  
Please let me know if you are coming and as always, check email by 7am for possible cancellation.

Driving Directions:  Take N.J. Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 59 east and follow it for 1.6 miles to the first traffic light in the village of Suffern. Turn left at the light onto U.S. Route 202 north, follow it for 5.4 miles, then turn left into the Town of Ramapo Equestrian Center. Continue over a small bridge and park on the left, just before the white, fenced-in riding area.

 

Central Park South & Queensboro Bridge Underpass

Event date:
1- 11-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

We will explore the southern part of Central Park, possibly as far north as Belvedere Castle, and/or do Central Park Zoo. We will then walk east on 60th St to First Ave to see the Guastavino tiles in the Food Emporium under the Queensboro Bridge. Call if weather doubtful; hike may be canceled for rain, snow, or excessive cold and wind.  Joint with NHOC, a long Island club. Optional dinner after.  Bring lunch, snack water. MEMBERS ONLY. No dogs on hike.

Meet: noon at the Time Warner Building Lobby at Columbus Circle, near the Maine Monument.

 

Queens’ Waterfront, Part 1

Event date:
1- 11-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

12 to 13 miles.  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).

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.  Drop-off points. 

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

 

Tibetan Art and Dim Sum in Flushing

Event date:
1- 3-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We'll walk around Flushing Meadows Corona Park, site of the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs, then tour the renovated Queens Museum of Art and see the Panorama of New York City and an exhibit of contemporary Tibetan Art. Here is a link to the exhibit web site: Queens Museum.

Then, we will walk into Flushing for Dim Sum at Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant at 13330 39th Avenue in Flushing. Here's info. about the restaurant: Asian Jewels.

We will walk about 4 miles inside the park and view highlights from the World Fairs before we enter the museum. We will finish at the museum by 1:30 then walk about a mile to the restaurant, which serves dim sum until 4:00 p.m. After we eat we will have to walk or take the Q48 bus back to the Mets-Willet Point station, as the 7 train is ending its run at that stop rather than running all the way to Main Street.

Here is the map of a walk we did at Flushing Meadow in May, on this walk we will stay in the park and not walk out to Flushing Bay: Flushing Meadow Park

Meet: take the 7 train to the Mets-Willet Point stop and walk across the pedestrian bridge to the park, we will meet by the benches outside the rest rooms at the end of the pedestrian bridge. Note that on this day the 7 train will end at the Mets-Willet Point stop rather than continue to its normal terminus at Main Street, Flushing.

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

Happy New Year's Day Hike

Event date:
1- 1-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

Explore the north end of Manhattan along the Great Saunter Path.    Visit Inwood Hill and Highbridge Parks.  Welcome the New Year’s by walking the shores, parks of upper Manhattan.  See hills, great wild parks, historical sites, shoreline on the Harlem River. 

MEET:  12 noon at the 178th street and Broadway at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Information booth. 

Impromptu Hike: Fort Lee Historic Park – Long Path / Shore Trail Loop

Event date:
12- 30-2014 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

8 miles. Explore this historic location and then, we will walk Burdette's Landing (see Wikipedia for info.) in Edgewater Colony, and we will hike the lesser-known, fabulous Carpenter's Trail, twice.   Great views.

Meet:  at 9:00 in Fort Lee Historic Park parking area. For directions: www.njpalisades.org.  As always, let me know if you are coming and check before 7am for hike cancellation.

MAILING PARTY

Event date:
12- 29-2014 7:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

MAILING PARTY!

Spend a pleasant evening with refreshments and good company while helping to mail out the Shorewalkers Newsletter.

 

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