Events Archive

The Great Manhattan Bridge Walk

Event date:
2- 25-2017 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. 

Williamsburg Walk

Event date:
2- 19-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Approx 5-6 miles.  Walk over Queensboro Bridge going through Greenpoint and Williamsburg along waterfront in Astoria and over the Williamsburg Bridge.  Optional (possibly late) lunch in gentrified section of Williamsburg.  Bring water. Rain or snow on day of walk cancels. Walk will end at subway station on Delancy & Essex Street in Manhattan.

Meet: 10:00 AM at Roosevelt Island Tram station entrance on 59th street and Second Ave. Call leader for walk status.  Joint walk.  Nonmembers  of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club $3.

 

Bayard Cutting Free Concert Walk

Event date:
2- 19-2017 9:10 AM
Members:
Free

4 miles slow, easy, flat Take a leisurely walk around beautiful gardens, ponds and the Connetquot River in Bayard Cutting Arboretum, followed by a free indoor concert. Serenade Duo -  Multi-award winning ensemble featuring Michelle LaPorte, flutist and Gerry Saulter, guitarist. Free tickets will be issued about 12:30 PM. Concert will start at 2 PM.  Bring water, buy lunch in the Café; snow or rain cancels.

Meeting:  From Penn Station take the 9:12 AM LIRR train to Great River (Transfer in Jamaica). Fare $26.50 round trip/seniors $18.  Leader will meet group at Great River train station at 10:33 AM. Check mta.info/lirr for current train schedule (Return on 4:38 PM train). 

Wilhelm Von Knyphausen 1780 Raid Memorial Hike Part IV - Summit To Madison Or Morristown, NJ.

Event date:
2- 12-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

 8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace.  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.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

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.  Members and guests only.

Inwood Hill Park in Winter

Event date:
2- 11-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 7 miles and 4 hours. We'll walk some of the 26 miles of trails in Inwood Hill Park. Great views of the Palisades and Hudson River and we'll see remains of houses and institutions that used to exist in the park as well as Indian caves and the site of a Revolutionary War fort. The hike will be slow, but it will be strenuous, with some hills to walk up and down. 

The hike will begin and end at Payson Playgroud at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue. Bring lunch, we'll take a short break to eat by Isham Street. 

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at Payson Playground, Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue. Take the A train to Dyckman Street and walk two blocks west to the playground, meet in front of the restrooms.

 

Brooklyn Bridge Walk

Event date:
2- 4-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: About 5 miles.

MEET: 11:00am in front of 1 Centre Street.

Take the 4,5, or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge stop. Bring water. We will eat lunch at a local deli. We will walk over the bridge through Brooklyn Heights to Atlantic Avenue where we will visit Sahadis, a famous local Middle Eastern grocery shop. Call Leader: Ellen 212-861-4267 to confirm that walk is on.

CONNETQUOT RIVER PARK PLUS BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM

Event date:
1- 28-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Two options 6 or 9 miles.

Flat. Moderate.

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, wear hiking boots. Rain, or snow cancels.

From Penn Station take the 9:12 AM LIRR train to Great River .

Fare $27 round trip/seniors $18. Leader will meet group at Great River train station at 10:33 a.m. (Check mta.info\lirr for current train schedule).

The Frick and St. John the Divine

Event date:
1- 22-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 7 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 Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene” on its last day of exhibit and other exhibits. (Admission to the Frick is pay what you wish on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) 

Here is a link to the Frick: 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 west on 97th Street to Riverside Drive and north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street for a walk across the Columbia University campus to view some sculptures, particularly Scholars Lion by Greg Wyatt, then to St. John the Divine Cathedral at Amsterdam Avenue, where Wyatt's Peace Fountain is located. (Admission to the Cathedral is pay what you wish, but please pay something, they get snippy.)  

Greg Wyatt grew up in Rockland County, studied at Columbia and the National Academy of Design, and is Sculptor in Residence at the cathedral. Here is his Wikipedia bio: Greg Wyatt

We should be done at the Cathedral by 3:30, though you can linger as long you wish. 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. 

 

Pocantico Trails

Event date:
1- 22-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

This hike has been cancelled.

12 miles circular hike. Walk from the train station at Philipse Manor through the carriage roads of the Rockefeller Preserve.

Meet: Grand Central Station.  Purchase ticket in time to take the 8:47 Hudson line train to Philips Manor.  Bring lunch and something to drink. Return from the same satation using the 4:20 r 5:20 train.  Joint hike with Urban Trails and Outdoors Club.  Members only.  Call leader for more information.

Henry Hudson, Washington and High Bridge Bridges--MLK Day

Event date:
1- 16-2017 9:30 AM
Members:
Free

All are welcome to join us for an interesting historical day with nice hills and stairs to climb. Highlights - Henry Hudson Park and Bridge, Inwood Hill Park in search of Indian caves and the Shorakkopoch Rock, Isham Park, for my favorite tree - a ginkgo biloba, ”selected as one of the great trees of New York City”, Milestone No. 12, a pharmacy & soda shoppe, Dyckman Farm House, Swindler Cove Park, lunch, then off to Harlem River Drive Greenway. Over the Washington Bridge (not the GWB) we go for a short walk in the Bronx on Dr. Martin L. King Blvd over the oldest bridge in NYC, High Bridge, back to Manhattan. We then take Highbridge Park to Morris-Jumel Mansion with milestone 11 and Sylvan Terrace. We continue toward Jackie Robinson Park, pass 555 Edgecomb Av., where Robeson and Ellington lived. We finish our day with a walk to Trinity Cemetery to Mayor Koch’s grave. My subway destination is at 157th and Broadway. Hope to finish before 4 pm.  Bring lunch, fluids and snacks. A quick lunch will be outdoors at Swindler Cove Park

 Meeting:  225th Street and Broadway (#1 subway station / Marble Hill Metro North) at 9:30 a.m., in front of McDonalds, 5201 Broadway, Bronx, NY.   So dress in layers. Severe weather conditions may cancel.  Please email to let me know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

 

West Side Walk

Event date:
1- 15-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

5-6 miles 3.5-4.5 hours. Walk along Hudson River Greenway Path To 102nd street, taking in the beautiful views along the Greenway. Optional late Lunch at Hunan Balcony Restaurant at 98th street and Broadway. Rain or snow on day of walk cancels.  Bring water.

Meet in lobby of Hotel Millenium (bathrooms available) at the corner of Church and Fulton Street at 10:00 AM, Take any train to Fulton St or WTC. Leader: Ed Leibowitz. Please call 201-332-1709 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for walk status.   Cellphone 201-850-9649 on day of walk only between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Joint walk. Non-members  of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club $3

Queens' Waterfront, Part I

Event date:
1- 15-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 14 miles

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.

 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).

 Drop-off points.

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

South Bronx Via Old and New Randall's Isle Bridge

Event date:
1- 14-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

4 to 7 miles, 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 Bronx. Explore waterfront area. Then go either east towards Hunt Point, or north to 149th Street and west to the South Bronx.

MEET: 11 AM, 125th Street train station, on Park Avenue. 

Mostly Bergenline Avenue, Union City To North Bergen, NJ.

Event date:
1- 10-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

With a few deviations, walk the entire length of Bergenline Avenue through the NJ municipalities of Union City, West New York, Guttenberg and North Bergen.  Described, perhaps dubiously, by Wikipedia as the longest commercial avenue in NJ, it is certainly one of the most diverse. 

Distance: 8-12 mostly flat miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and occasional park paths.  Likely lunch at a Cuban or other Latin American restaurant. 

Bring snacks and water.  

E-mail (preferred) or phone leader 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.

Bedazzled Bronx

Event date:
1- 7-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

We'll visit the Bedazzled exhibit at the Lehman College Art Gallery, make a stop at Poe Cottage, then walk down to Arthur Avenue for a late lunch at the Arthur Avenue Market. After lunch we will walk back to the D train at Fordham Road.

The hike will be 3 to 5 miles, we should be back at the D train at Fordham Road around 3:00. 

Here is a link to the art gallery: Lehman College Art Gallery

Here is a review of the exhibition: (but note the closing date of Jan. 4 in the review is wrong, it closes Jan. 14): Bedazzled review

Meet 10:30 a.m. at the northwest corner of Bedford Park Boulevard and the Grand Concourse. Take the D train to Bedford Park Boulevard.  

  

Happy New Year's Day Hike

Event date:
1- 1-2017 12:00 PM
Members:
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.

 

NYC Tunnel Ventilation Structures Connect-The-Dots Peripatetic Perambulation

Event date:
12- 27-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Connect lots of ventilation structures associated with all sorts of tunnels (subway, automobile, rail) in NYC - probably including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. 

Distance:10-20 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 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.

Keansburg, NJ to Keyport, NJ

Event date:
12- 18-2016 7:45 AM
Members:
Free

Distance: 12 miles

Walk from Keansburg, NJ along the beach about a mile and a half with views of the east shore of Staten Island, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Coney Island, and Manhattan in the background. Then alongside and over a Salt Marsh where a lot of ocean life begins. And then along the former right-of-way of the Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Seashore branch, now part of the Henry Hudson trail, to Keyport where we will walk along the waterfront where many 19th century houses are still extant.

Moderate pace.

No Drop-off points. 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 Keansburg, NJ (we take the route 36 bus). Bus arrives in Keansburg, NJ at 9:00 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.

Evening in Dyker Heights

Event date:
12- 17-2016 6:30 PM
Members:
Free
About 4 miles.  Walk to see Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.  We will eat dinner at a diner after the walk.
 
Meeting:  Take D train to 18th Avenue.  We will meet at 6:30.  Call leader to confirm that walk is on.  Please use bathrooms at home as this is a residential area.  Dress for the weather.

ROBERT MOSES FOOT PATH, 79th TO 129th + Additions

Event date:
12- 10-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Walk on part of the 120 acres of Riverside Park created by Robert Moses, along dirt path  scouted by  shore  walkers.  See mouth of  Amtrak  train tunnel, view of Grant’s Tomb, wilderness area… etc..

MEET: 10 dec ,Sat.,  11AM,  79th and Riverside Drive.

Distance: 3 miles

Possible Cuban lunch afterwards.

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