Update: I terribly underestimated the distance of this walk, having now measured it with my phone it comes to about 12 miles, not 6. If you come to the hike then catch the subway after we leave the Sculpture Center it will be about 7 miles.
About 6 miles and 6 hours. We'll take the Tram to Roosevelt Island and visit the Four Freedoms park then cross the Roosevelt Island Bridge to Astoria and stop at the Costco snack bar for a break, visit Socrates Sculpture Park to view the emerging artists exhibit, walk through Rainey Park and Queensbridge Park, then visit the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, which has just opened expanded gallery space.
After about one hour in the Sculpture Center, we will have lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the nearby Food Cellar market on 47th Road, which has an eat-in cafe with hot and cold buffet bars; then walk through the Hunters Point South and Gantry Plaza parks along the East River.
Finally, we'll cross the Queensborough Bridge to Manhattan around 3:30, ending the walk at the N, Q, R and 4,5,6 trains at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue around 4:30. If you don't want to walk across the bridge you can get the 7, N, Q lines at Queensboro Plaza and the E,M, R lines at Queens Plaza.
Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Island Tram at 59th Street and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan; take the 4,5,6 or N,Q,R to 59th Street and Lexington and walk two blocks east. Tram departs at 10:37, it accepts Metro Cards. Or, take the F train to Roosevelt Island and walk to the tram station, one block south, and meet the group outside of the tram station.
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