Events Archive

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.

Manitou Nature Preserve/Outward Bound Trails

Event date:
6- 11-2016 8:40 AM
Members:
Free

6-7 miles on forested trail paths and winding creeks. Vivid views from high banks overlooking the Hudson River. A moderate pace through flat terrain and small hills. Bring food and water.

MEET: Grand Central Terminal by the big clock at the Information Booth. Tentative schedule: Hudson Line Train departs 8:43 AM arriving Manitou at 9:55 AM, return from Manitou at 4:26 PM, arriving GCT at 5:48 PM. Call leader for hike status or information. Nonmembers: $3.

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 5-2016 9:20 AM
Members:
Free

THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST. FRANK IS LEADING THIS HIKE AGAIN ON JUNE 19.

 

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 .

Exploring Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Event date:
6- 5-2016 9:15 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 10 miles

Meet: 9:15 a.m.

In this walk we will explore the wonders of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We will begin at Jackson Heights, Queens and walk to the park stopping at a deli on the way to pick up lunch for a picnic. You may bring your own lunch if you choose. Approximately 10 miles. Steady, brisk pace. Meet 9:15 for prompt 9:30 start at the SE corner of 75th St. and Roosevelt Avenue. Take the E, F, R, or 7 train to 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue. Rain cancels.

 

Roosevelt Island to Queensboro Bridge

Event date:
6- 4-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 7 miles and 5 hours, slow to moderate pace, along sidewalks and through parks, mostly flat. We'll take the Tram to Roosevelt Island, walk around the 4-mile perimeter and see the Four Freedoms FDR Memorial, the lighthouse and amazing views of Manhattan and Queens.   

Then we'll cross the Roosevelt Island Bridge to Astoria and stop at the Costco snack bar for a break, then visit  Socrates Sculpture Park, Rainey Park and Queensbridge Park before returning to Manhattan by walking across the Queensboro Bridge. 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.  

 

Shakespeare’s Walk

Event date:
6- 4-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Moderate pace, 6+ miles, 4 hours with several climbs. Visit sites that offer Shakespeare for free during the summer. Leave the sonnets at home.

MEET: 9 AM at the Atrium entrance to the Shops at Columbus Circle and 59th Street. Take the A, D, or 1 train to 59th St. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Rain cancels.

 

Far Rockaway Beach Walk

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

4 miles, drop off points.  Walk on boardwalk and beach and go for a swim. Bring lunch and bathing suits. Rain cancels.

MEET: 11:30 AM at the last stop on the A train at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue.  Leader will meet you at the station. Street parking available for those who wish to drive. Contact leader for any questions.

A Day to Remember - Battery Park to Fort Lee

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

16 miles brisk pace). Complete the first four legs of Cy A Adler’s Battery to Bear Mountain, a series that we may continue on July 4th.  Walking along the west side at a brisk pace with numerous brief stops at sites and restrooms along the way, including Battery Park and Greenway, Irish Hunger Memorial, The High Line Elevated Park, Grant’s Tomb, The Little Red Lighthouse. We will walk over the George Washington Bridge and not quit until we reach Starbucks / 7 – 11 in Fort Lee. This will be a one-way hike! There is a bus / jitney that will take us back to Manhattan to a convenient train station. Bring lunch !!! We will stop at along the way for snacks and be at Fairway around 2:15 for lunch. Hike should end around 5 p.m. Heavy rain may cancel.  Contact Leader for questions or concerns.  Registration desired, not required. No email day of hike. Please email if you are coming and check your email by 7am to verify hike is on, in case of an emergency. You can expect a large, sociable crowd that you and your feet will not forget. This hike will run jointly with Meetup Shorewalkers and AMC.

Meeting:  Leaving from the front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, arrive at 9:30 so we may start on time, at 9:45 a.m.

 

GWB to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
5- 29-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 23 miles and 9 hours, fast-paced hike across the George Washington Bridge then north along the Palisades on the Batt to Bear Trail and the Old Erie Trail to Nyack. Return to NYC by bus.

This hike has beautiful views along the Hudson River; it also has a steep descent and a steep ascent; trails with rocks, tree roots, branches and fallen trees that must be walked, climbed or clambered over and very few drop off points. 

The route: The Batt to Bear Trail is mapped out over a number of existing trails leading from The Battery in Manhattan to Bear Mountain. We will follow it to Nyack.

After crossing the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey, we'll follow the Long Path north to the Carpenter's Trail, descend a steep rock staircase to the shore, walk north to the Ross Dock Picnic area, then take the Shore Trail north, stop at the Englewood Picnic Area to eat then continue to the Closter Dock trail, which we will follow back up to the top of the Palisades and rejoin the Long Path.

Next, we will take a rest stop at the Palisades Park HQ, then continue along the Long Path to our second lunch break at the State Line Lookout, which has a small cafe. We continue on a short portion of the Long Path past the Lamont Doherty Observatory and enter Tallman Park. At the north end of Tallman Park we enter the village of Piermont and reach the Old Erie Path, which we follow into Nyack, ending at South Broadway and Church Street in front of the Brickhouse bar to catch the bus.

Dropout Points: The first dropout point we reach will be at Closter Dock Road about 9 miles into the hike, then there will be more dropout points as we continue north. All of the dropout points require standing by the side of the road waiting for the bus.

Here is the route map: GWB to Nyack

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 trails

The return: We should reach Nyack before 6:00 p.m. 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. 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.

Here is the Rockland Coach schedule: Rockland Coach

Meet: 9:00 a.m. at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station temporary waiting room, at Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street. Take the A train to 175th Street.

Bring lunch, snacks, water; it will be about 5 hours before we reach any food for sale. We will take short lunch breaks at the Englewood Picnic Area and again at State Line Lookout.

 

Staten Island Ferry Ride and Visit

Event date:
5- 28-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit its many beautiful and interesting buildings.  Bring lunch, water, and binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens.

Group will return to “Ferry” at 3:30PM. Call Friday evening until  9:00PM.  We will go rain or shine.

Meet at 10:00AM and take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM ( the Ferry leaves on time). Meet inside the terminal, top of the escalator on the left side of the escalator.

Huntington Walk: National Academy, Joan of Arc and Hispanic Society

Event date:
5- 22-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 7 miles and 5 hours. We tried this once on a very windy day; we'll try it again and hope for mild weather. We will visit two museums connected to Archer Huntington and see statues created by his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington.

We will meet in front of the National Academy Museum at 11:00, spend about 30 minutes in the museum, walk across Central Park to the Whole Foods at Columbus Avenue and 97th Street for lunch, walk west along 93rd Street to Riverside Drive to see the Joan of Arc statue, then north along Riverside Drive to the Hispanic Society museum at Broadway and 155th Street. The Hispanic Society museum is open until 4:30 p.m.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is next door to the Hispanic Society in the Audubon Terrace complex, is also showing an exhibit of works by newly inducted members. This exhibit is open until 4:00 p.m. 

There will be a somewhat steep staircase to walk up in Riverside Park and another hill to walk up at 155th Street. Admission to the National Academy is pay what you wish but you must pay something, I paid $1.00; the Hispanic Society and American Academy exhibit are free. 

Archer Huntington was the son (step or perhaps biological) of railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington and his second wife, Arrabella Yarrington, who was the teen aged daughter of the proprietor of a boarding house where Collis stayed while developing railroads in Virginia. Arrabella used her husbands wealth to accumulate a large art collection, which is now housed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and encouraged her son Archer to pursue intellectual and artistic activities.

The National Academy is an honorary association of American artists which operates a school and museum and is housed in the opulent townhouse that was Archer and Anna's home and Anna's sculpture studio. The academy is closing the museum on June 1 to sell the building to create an endowment and move to a new location. Archer established the Hispanic Society in 1904 as part of his lifelong interest in the history and culture of Spain. Archer and Anna met when he commissioned her to create a sculpture of El Cid for the courtyard of the Hispanic Society.

Here is a link to the National Academy museum: National Academy Museum

Here is a link to the Hispanic Society web site: Hispanic Society

Meet: 11:00 in front of the National Academy museum at 1083 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street. Take the 4,5,6 train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

 

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
5- 21-2016 10:30 AM
Event End Date:
5- 21-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

Walk the new Dutchess County rail trail from Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie.  Pass lakes and woods, backyards and farms on this walk along the old railroad right-of-way, now paved for recreational use.  Includes the Walkway over the Hudson, the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been recently converted to a pedestrian walkway. 13 miles from Hopewell Junction to the Walkway, and about 4 more miles over the walkway and back and ending at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station.
MEET: 10:30 am at the Metro-North BEACON station platform. Take the 8:50 AM Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to the BEACON station. CALL THE LEADER by 6:00 PM the evening before the walk to arrange transportation from the Beacon train station to the Hopewell Junction trailhead. Note:  This is a long walk with no opportunity to turn back or drop out before the Walkway Over the Hudson (13 miles).

New York’s East-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 3

Event date:
5- 21-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours. A walk that will guide you past the Museums and Cultural Institutions located on Manhattan’s east side.

MEET: 9 AM above the gold statue of Prometheus between 49th and 50th Sts.-opposite 30 Rockefeller Center. Subway: Take the D or F train to 47-50th St.; the 6 train to 51st St.; the N or R train to 49th Street. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Heavy rain cancels.

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