Events Archive

CONSTITUTION ISLAND: FAMILY DAY

Event date:
9- 24-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Strolling, sightseeing at a gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point is only open 3 weekends per summer. Take the Metro North(Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal to Cold Spring and MEET approximately 11 AM(time depends on what time the new train schedule will show for train arrivals before or close to 11 AM) at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island. Bring photo ID. Expect entrance fee of $10, covering free boat rides, guided walks, or independent exploration. Amenities include shaded picnic groves, public restrooms, a gift shop in the historical Warner House, walking trails, and a hotdog vendor. Departure time is optional. (*Alternatively, meet 10AM at parking lot at North White Plains Train Station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option you must call leader in advance.) LEADER: Stewart Manville 914-582-1237. Call two days in advance to confirm that island is open.

PORT IVORY AND NEW 100-ACRE PARK (new hike)

Event date:
9- 24-2016 10:15 AM
Members:
Free

Take ferry to Staten Island, bus along Richmond Terrace to Howlands Hook area.  Scout Mariners Marsh Park,  area, etc

 MEET: 10:15 a.m. at the  Staten Island Ferry  terminal to catch 11 a.m. ferry to S.I. + S40 bus.     

Distance: 4-7 miles.

 

Allenhurst to Manasquan

Event date:
9- 24-2016 8:40 AM
Members:
Free

Hike 9 miles at a moderately brisk pace on boardwalk and beach, passing Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Spring Lake and other town.  Bring lunch and water.

Meeting:  Penn Station, Long Island Railroad ticket area.  Round Trip to Manasquan at 8:40 for a 9:07AM departure.

Bay Ridge to Coney Island

Event date:
9- 18-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 6-7 miles. Time: 4-5 hours. Walk along Narrows to Coney Island taking in beautiful views of the bay area along the Narrows.  Walk from subway station to pathway along the Narrows to Surf and Stillwell Ave and end by Nathan's in Coney Island. Subway station at end of walk is across the street from Nathan's

Meet 11:00 AM outside the last stop of R Subway Line 95th Street and 4th Ave in Bay Ridge. Rain cancels. . Bring lunch and water or purchase lunch at Ceasar's Bay Bazaar.  $3 non-members. Rain cancels. Please call or email to confirm that walk is on.

Cellphone on day of hike only between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

New York’s East-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 2.

Event date:
9- 17-2016 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.

HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM AND UNTERMYER GARDENS

Event date:
9- 11-2016 12:00 PM
Members:
Free

Museum visit then a 5-mile walk at moderate pace on mostly flat trails with one relatively steep trail ascent of about one-half mile. Round-trip on Metro-North to the Glenwood station. Feel free to join us for the museum even if you do not want to join us on the walk. 

We will visit the Hudson River Museum in Trevor Park, Yonkers, to view "Tongue in Cheek: The Inflatable Art of Jimmy Kuehnle."  Here is a review of the exhibit : At the Hudson River Museum, Art with an Inflated Sense of Itself.

Also view the permanent collection, with emphasis on Hudson River School painters; the Riverama, an excellent exhibit of Hudson River nature and history; and the wonderfully overdone period rooms of the 1877 Glenview mansion. Museum admission is $6.00.

Bring food and drink and eat at the museum; there is a small area in the lobby with tables and chairs, or if the weather is nice eat outside. The gift shop has a very small selection of snacks and beverages and that is the only opportunity to buy food on this walk.

Around 2:00 we will leave the museum and walk north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail to Untermyer Gardens, a 43 acre park with formal gardens, statuary, and expansive views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.  Read about the gardens here: www.untermyergardens.org. The aqueduct trail is level, but may be a bit muddy. There is a relatively steep ascent of about one-half mile from the aqueduct trail to the gardens.

After viewing the gardens we will return south on the aqueduct to the Glenwood train station. There are trains from Glenwood to New York at 4:30 and 5:01, we will try for the 4:30.

Meet: 12:00 p.m. at the Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers. 

Directions:  Buy a round trip ticket. Take the Metro-North Hudson Line train from Grand Central at 11:20 a.m. ($15.50 round trip) or from Harlem/125th Street at 11:30 a.m. ($15.50 round trip) or from Marble Hill at 11:42 a.m. ($6.00 round trip)  or from Riverdale at 11:48 a.m. ($6.00 round trip) to the Glenwood station, arriving at 11:53 a.m.  The hike leader is getting on at Marble Hill.

From the station, walk one block up Glenwood Avenue, turn left on to Ravine Avenue, at the end of Ravine Avenue enter Trevor Park and follow the path to museum entrance.

The MTA offers a combined train and museum discount ticket that can be purchased at Metro North ticket counters, ticket machines or online. Click here for details. 

 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
9- 11-2016 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles. Visit the Pines,Cherry Grove,sunken forest and AMC camp at Atlantique for lemonade,showers,swimming.Pace moderate &sand may be soft.

Take 8.45 am train LIRR from Penn Station arriving at 10:09 in Sayville, Then taxi to the ferry for the Pines. We return by ferry  to Bayshore, return to NYC  by LIRR.

Cost $5 for admission to AMC house,ferries $16 and LIRR .

Please call leader to confirm that walk I'll take place especially if rain is possible. My voicemail starts after 3 rings. Drivers park at Bayshore LIRR station and take the 9.52 train to Sayville arriving from east bound platform. Buy ticket from machine on west bound platform. Seniors can buy on train without penalty. Do not park in Sayville as we do a round trip.

 

Jersey City and Hoboken: Statues and Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
9- 10-2016 10:00 AM
Event End Date:
8- 10-2013 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Pace easy, some hills. Distance 8 miles, duration 5 to 6 hours After getting off the train at Exchange Place Station, we will walk south along the Hudson and then go inland to Paulus Hook and Historic Downtown Jersey City. We will then head north to Hoboken. Walk through Erie-Lackawanna Terminal, beautiful views of Manhattan westside, magnificent 100 year old buildings, Castle Point Terrace (Steven’s University), Sibyl’s Cave and the Hoboken Museum. Return to Manhattan  via Hoboken Path Station. Call leader Friday evening until 9:00PM if weather is a question.   

Meeting: at Broadway and Vesey Street at 10AM, across from St Paul’s Church (take the “E train to last stop or 1, 2 or 3 train to Chamber Street and walk a few blocks south). The Path Train station is three blocks west on Vesey Street and the fare to New Jersey and.back is $5.50.                                      

New York’s West-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 1

Event date:
9- 10-2016 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 west 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.

Rockaway Beach Walk

Event date:
9- 5-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 4 miles Boardwalk beach and street walking about 40 minutes back to same stop or drop out. Bring lunch and suit. MEET: 11:00 AM at the A train LAST stop, MOTT Avenue. Cancel if raining. Leader: John Socolink 

Piermont to Nyack Circular

Event date:
9- 5-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Piermont to Nyack Circular 10 miles moderate pace trail hike. This AMC/Shorewalker hike will begin with six miles on the Long Path, including historic Rockland Cemetery and a pre-WWI rifle range. The return will be on the Old Erie Railroad Bed. Bring 2 liters of fluids and lunch.  See website http://nynjtc.org/hike/long-pathold-erie-railroad-bed-loop-piermont-nyack for directions and full description or contact leader for information. The Trail Conference calls this hike moderate to strenuous hike and among their longest, 10 miles.

  Meeting:

 Car people - meet before 9:30 a.m. at the Piermont municipal parking lot.

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 4. Continue on Route 9W north for about three miles, until the road detours down a hill. Bear right at the bottom of the hill and turn right, at the next traffic light, onto Ferdon Avenue. Follow Ferdon Avenue for about 0.7 mile, and continue ahead as the road turns sharply left and becomes Piermont Avenue beyond the next intersection. At the following intersection, bear right onto Gair Street, and park in the municipal parking lot to the left. (From Trail Conference website).

Bus people - take the Coach USA (www.coachusa/rockland) bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal departing at 8:15am to Piermont, Rockland County which arrives at 450 Piermont Ave. at 9:17am. Wait at 450 Piermont Avenue (the building with a large mural painted on it). 

Triboro Bridge to Whitestone Bridge

Event date:
9- 4-2016 9:30 AM
Members:
Free

21 miles, 8 -9 hours, moderate to fast pace, a walk along the East River in the Bronx with beautiful parks and great views in all directions.

The walk will begin at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in Manhattan, outside the 4,5,6 station. We'll walk across the Triboro Bridge to Randall's Island, tour the north end of the island, walk across the new Randalls Island Connector to the Bronx, walk along Bruckner Boulevard to Hunts Point, then visit three parks in Hunt's Point: Baretto Point Park, Hunts Point Landing and Hunts Point Riverside Park.

Next, we cross the Bronx River and visit Soundview Park, then through the Harding Park neighborhood and along the Shorehaven path to Kane's Park on Clason Point, Pugsley Creek Park and Castle Hill Park. Then north on Zerega Avenue, across the Westchester Creek on the Unionport Bridge, south on Brush Avenue to a rest stop at a Target that has a Starbucks, then finally to Ferry Point Park and the Whitestone Bridge.

We will walk back on Brush Avenue past the Target to get the Q44 bus at Lafayette Avenue to the 6 train at Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester; the Q44 also connects to the 2 and 5 trains at West Farm Square.

Bring snacks, lunch and drink, we will pass almost no stores along the way except the occasional questionable deli. We will stop to eat in Baretto Point Park and will stop again toward the end of the hike at the Starbucks inside the Target store at the Throgs Neck Shopping Center. While much of the walk is in parks about one third of the walk is through warehouse districts that have no redeeming quality other than allowing us to get to the next park. There are a few drop off points along the way, buses that connect to various stops of the 6 train.

Here is a map of the walk: Triboro to Whitestone

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street. Take the 4,5,6 to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, or take the 2,3 to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue and walk east to Lexington Avenue, or Metro-North to 125th Street and walk east one block, or take the M60 or B15 bus.

 

HUDSON RIVER GREENWAY: COLUMBUS CIRCLE TO BATTERY

Event date:
9- 3-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles of Westside esplanades, at a moderate pace. At finish, optional beer and pizza at a venue near the Staten Island Ferry.

MEET: 10:00 AM, at the Time-Warner Building Atrium at Columbus Circle. Take the A,B,C,D or 1 train to 59th Street. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Marvin Malater, 718-376-3608, for hike status or information.

City Walk

Event date:
8- 28-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

We will see interesting sites in the “hipster” part of Willamsburg as well as view the Orthodox Jewish section.

MEET 10:30AM. Take the F train to Delancy Street. Bring water. We will eat lunch at a restaurant. About 6 miles. Call Leader Ellen to confirm 212-861-4267.

CONSTITUTION ISLAND RE-ENACTMENT

Event date:
8- 27-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing at a gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is open only 3 weekends per summer.Amenities include shaded picnic groves, public restrooms, a gift shop in the historic Warner House, walking trails, and a hot dog vendor.

Meeting:  Take Metro North (Hudson Line) from Grand Central to Cold Spring and MEET approx. 11AM (time depends on what the new train schedule will show for train arrivals before or close to 11AM) at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island. Bring photo ID. Expect entrance fee of $10, covering free boat rides, guided walks, or independent exploration.  Departure time is optional.(*Alternatively, meet at 10AM at parking lot at North White Plains Train Station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option, you must call leader in advance.) Leader: Stewart Manville 1-914-582-1237. Call leader to confirm Island is open.

Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island 2

Event date:
8- 27-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

This is a second hike to Governors Island, as both an alternative to and potential rain date for the original hike on Sunday, August 14.  As of August 9, the August 14 hike is still on, but the weather forecast for that day has a very good chance of thunderstorms all afternoon. The only difference between the hikes is that there is no Jazz Picnic on August 27.

About 9 miles total walking, 6 to 7 hours. We will start at the fountain at City Hall Park, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, into Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the Brooklyn Promenade then reach Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue for the ferry to Governors Island. Once we reach the island we will have lunch at the food trucks, tour Fort Jay, Castle Williams and the new Hills overlooking the Statue of Liberty. 

Definitely bring your camera, there will be a lot of beautiful views, but take your pictures quickly and do not lose the group. Bring a hat and sunblock and even an umbrella, there is not a lot of shade on the walk. Bring lunch or try one of the many food trucks on the island. The ferry is $2.00, pay in cash before we board. The walk will end on the island, hang out on the island or take the ferry back to either Pier 6 in Brooklyn or the Battery-Maritime Building in Manhattan.

MEET: at 10:30 a.m. at the fountain at City Hall Park. Take the 2 or 3 to Park Place, the R to City Hall or the 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. 

Water Front Parks of New Jersey's Chemical Coast

Event date:
8- 21-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

 8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace on park paths and city streets.  Connect a series of parks .along the Arthur Kill, Carteret Pond and the Rahway River in the New Jersey municipalities of Carteret and Rahway.   Bring lunch, snacks and water.

Meeting: 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.  Members and guests only.

Rockaway Park Hike and Swim

Event date:
8- 20-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Walk along boardwalk from Beach 90th St. to end of boardwalk near 5th street. Moderate pace about 4-5 hours,  Approximate distance 5-6 miles . After lunch walk back to subway station at Beach 44th street where walk will end.  Drop off points with access to subway along walk route. Bring lunch, water, and bathing suit. Please allow  extra time to get to Rockaway Beach due to weekend track repair work.

MEET: 11:00 AM at subway station at Beach 90th street Take JFK A-Train to Broad Channel, change for S-train at Broad Channel and exit S-train at Beach 90th street. Meet outside subway station. Rain cancels. No charge to members of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club. All others $3.  I might change starting location of this walk in Rockaway Beach.  Must call or email to determine walk status. Nonmembers of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club.

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
8- 20-2016 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).

Fire Island Lighhouse

Event date:
8- 17-2016 9:25 AM
Members:
Free

5-6 mile circular.  Hike the beach and boardwalk to the Lighthouse, chance to climb it.  Bring lunch, water, and swimsuit. 

Meet:  Penn Station, Long Island Railroad ticket area.  Round trip to Babylon and bus to beach.  Must call leader for hike status Tuesday evening August 16 only.   Train departs at 9:25AM.

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