Events Archive

Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 26-2015 11:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This hike is Cancelled due to hike leader's injury.

Distance: 3 to 6 miles

Meet: 11:30 a.m.

Moderate Pace 3-6 miles Loop (drop off points).  

585 Acres of green space with horseback riding, antique carousel, 1783 Dutch farmhouse, zoo & more.  

Meet 11:30 am (BEFORE LUNCH) at the northeastern entrance to the park, Across Street Grand Army Plaza and Brooklyn Public Library (next to food vendor trucks). We will walk the East and West Drive Loops, around Lake, up to Maryland Monument,   past Boathouse.  Stop for Lunch at Bluestone Café Lakeside.  Joint Hike. 

Directions: Take #2 or #3 Train to Grand Army Plaza – walk to entrance.

MEMBERS ONLY, BRING or BUY LUNCH,  WATER, SNACKS.  Optional Dinner After.

Constitution Island: Garden Day

Event date:
7- 25-2015 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
7- 27-2013 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

Constitution Island will not be holding its Garden Day this year. 

The island will still be open for Re-Enactment Day on Saturday, August 29 and Family Day, Saturday, September 26. Both of these events are on the Shorewalkers' calendar:

Here is a link to the Shorewalkers Re-Enactment Day walk: Re-Enactment Day.

Here is a link to the Shorewalkers Family Day walk: Family Day.

 

Poe Cottage to High Bridge

Event date:
7- 25-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 7 miles, we should be finished around 4:00 p.m., moderate pace, sidewalks all the way.  

When Edgar Allan Poe lived in the Bronx he would frequently walk down to the High Bridge. Now that the High Bridge has been re-opened, we will follow in his steps. We'll start by viewing a photography exhibit on the High Bridge in the Poe Park Visitor Center then tour the Poe Cottage (free admission to the visitor center, $5 admission to the cottage.)

Next we'll walk west on Kingsbridge Road to Aqueduct Walk, a pathway built on top of the old Croton Aqueduct. We'll walk south on top of the aqueduct to Bronx Community College and stop to eat lunch at the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, then continue south along the aqueduct to the High Bridge and cross to Manhattan, ending the walk at Broadway and 168th Street for the A and 1 trains.

Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, we'll eat outside at Bronx Community College. 

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse at East 193rd Street. Take the D train to the Kingsbridge Road station and walk south along the Grand Concourse or take the 4 train to the Kingsbridge Road station and walk east on Kingsbridge Road to the Grand Concourse.  

Here is a link to the subway service advisories for July 25th; none directly affect the walk: July 25 Service Advisories

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

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 25-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. We will take a few block look at the changing face of the “Lower East Side” before going over the century old Williamsburg Bridge. In Williamsburg, we will visit the George Washington statue and pass Peter Lugar’s Restaurant on our way down Bedford Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park.

Meet at 10:00AM at Delancey and Essex Sts. ( northwest corner of Delancey Street)---F train. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is an question.

 

Bronx River Greenway: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 18-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE JULY 13: There is a shuttle bus replacing the 2 train in the Bronx between the 3rd Avenue/149th Street station and the East 180th Street station. There is a local shuttle bus and an express shuttle bus. When you get off the train at 3rd Avenue/149th Street, go outside and find the Express Bus to East 180th Street then get back on the train at the East 180th Street station.

Here is a link to the advisory: Service Advisory

I'm not sure exactly how much longer the shuttle bus makes the ride, figure at least 20 minutes and up to half an hour. If you are running late you can get off the 2 train at Gun Hill Road or 219th Street and walk west, toward the Bronx River, and meet the group along the way. Call me or text me at 917-727-5507 for directions to the group.

To avoid the shuttle bus, you could take the MetroNorth Harlem line to the Woodlawn station. The 10:24 local Harlem Line train stops at Harlem/125th Street at 10:34, Fordham at 10:42, Botanical garden 10:45, Williams Bridge 10:48 and Woodlawn at 10:51.  The one-way fare for the weekend City Ticket is $4.25, the City Ticket is sold at all MetroNorth ticket machines.

Here is a link to the train schedule: Train Schedule

If you take MetroMorth, exit the platform via the stairs up to the 233rd Street Bridge, turn left, then go to the stairs in front of the Montefiore Hospital at the southeast corner of 233rd Street and Bronx Boulevard and wait for the group to come down the hill. We will be stopping at the hospital to use the lobby restrooms.

Another option is to take the Bx 12 Express Bus, which runs from 207th Street in Inwood into the Bronx and along Fordham Road and meets the 2 train at Pelham Parkway, which is north of the shuttle bus section.

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.  

Batt-Bear Trail, State Line to Nyack

Event date:
7- 18-2015 8:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Distance: 7 miles. Autumn colors on the long Path, extending through Tallman Mountain and the Old Erie RR bed. One steeper descent enroute to an optional dinner in Nyack. Return by nerby bus stop. Bring lunch and water. Memorial hike for hike leader, Mike Pollack

Meet: at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing by the white commuter statues before 8:45am. Bus departure at 9:15am. (Bus 9A, Gate 220 or at 9:40am from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, platform 20).  Joint hike.

Old Bronx Borough Courthouse Art Exhibit

Event date:
7- 12-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

Slow pace, about 7 miles and 5 hours. We will go to the No Longer Empty art exhibit at the Old Bronx Borough Court House.  

We will start at the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan then walk east across the 145th Street Bridge into the Bronx. If you want to meet us in the Bronx, be at East 150th Street under the Major Deegan Expressway at the entrance to Mill Pond Park by 12:30.

We'll walk north along the Harlem River through Mill Pond Park, cross through the Metro-North Station to Macombs Dam Park, pass by Yankee Stadium, view the Lorelei Fountain in Joyce Kilmer Park and continue along 161st Street to the iconic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, which was built between 1904 and 1915 and has been empty since the city stopped using it in the 1970s.

The art exhibit opens at 1:00 p.m. and has a $3 suggested donation. It is called "When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out" and is put on by a group called No Longer Empty, which stages exhibits in vacant buildings around the city. Here is the exhibit website: No Longer Empty.

After viewing the exhibit, we will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden then walk back on 161st Street to the Grand Concourse, past the Bronx County Courthouse, through Franz Sigel Park then cross the 145th Street Bridge again and return to the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The 4, 2 and 5 and D lines are available along the Grand Concourse if you don't want to walk back to Manhattan. We should be back at 145th Street by 5:00.

Bring lunch, drinks and snacks. We will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden.

Meet: 12:00 p.m. in front of the Capital One Bank at the northeast corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue outside the A,B,C,D station in Manhattan. Note that the B train does not run on weekends.

Glenwood
 Avenue
,
 Glenwood
 to 
Scarborough

Event date:
7- 12-2015 9:20 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Glenwood
 Avenue
,
Glenwood 
To 
Scarborough 
14 
Flat
 miles 
along 
the
 Old
 Croton 
Aqueduct (OCT).

Directions: 
Take 
the 
9:20
 AM
 train 
from
 Grand Central Terminal 
to 
Glenwood 
(arrives 
9:54
AM).


MEET:
 We 
start 
on 
the 
OCA 
at 
Glenwood
 Avenue.  
Bring 
lunch, 
water.
 A
 join t
hike 
with 
Outdoors
 Club
 and 
Urban 
Trails.
 Possible
 drop
 out 
points 
before
 Scarborough.
Check 
train 
time 
as 
the
 present
 Metro‐North 
schedule
 only 
goes
 up 
to
 April
 4.
 Members Only

 

Brooklyn 
Bridge
 and 
Atlantic 
Avenue 
Walk

Event date:
7- 11-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About
 5 
miles.
  Bring
 water.  
We
 will
 eat 
lunch 
at
 a 
neighborhood 
restaurant.


MEET:
 11
AM 
at 
Brooklyn 
Bridge 
stop, 
in 
front 
of 
1 
Center. 
Call 
leader
to 
confirm
 hike.
Leader:
Ellen
212‐861‐4267
 

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 11-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This hike has been rescheduled to July 25.

Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. We will take a few block look at the changing face of the “Lower East Side” before going over the century old Williamsburg Bridge. In Williamsburg, we will visit the George Washington statue and pass Peter Lugar’s Restaurant on our way down Bedford Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park.

Meet at 10:00AM at Delancey and Essex Sts. ( northwest corner of Delancey Street)---F train. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is an question.

Bronx River: Kensico Dam to Bronxville

Event date:
7- 11-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 15 miles, moderate pace, on the Bronx River Pathway from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla to Bronxville.  From Bronxville hikers can choose to take the Metro-North train back to the city or continue walking about 2 miles to the 2 train at 241st Street. 

We will start by walking on top of the Kensico Dam, then head south 5 miles along the pathway to Hartsdale, then walk on suburban streets to Scarsdale, where we will pick up the pathway again and walk 4.6 miles to Bronxville.  

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a lunch break in Hartsdale.  The hike will parallel the Metro-North Harlem Line, so there will be drop off points to catch the train at North White Plains, White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood and Tuckahoe. 

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 9:47 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $9.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 9:57 a.m. and at White Plains at 10:22 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 10:28 a.m.  In case the train schedule changes, please check at Metro-North Schedules

Central Park and East River Shorewalk

Event date:
7- 5-2015 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.

Far Rockaway

Event date:
7- 4-2015 11:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Easy 3 - 4 miles with drop off points. Walk on boardwalk and beach and go for a swim. Bring lunch and bathing suits. Rain cancels.

Contact hike leader directly if you have questions about the hike. Free for paid annual Shorewalkers members, $3 for non-members, visit www.shorewalkers.org to join.

Meet: 11:30 a.m. at the last stop of the A train at Far Rockaway - Mott Avenue.   Leader will meet you at the station. Street parking is available for those who wish to drive.

High Bridge Walk > 45 Years

Event date:
6- 28-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We walk over the 207th street bridge, south on Cedar Avenue to Roberto Clemente State Park. Then along the mighty Harlem River, (which is now a strait thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers- see my book: Walking Manhattan’s Rim-The Great Saunter-Leg 8.) 

Then walk under three elegant bridges and climb up over 100 feet to High Bridge Park, the Bronx. Then walk west over the oldest bridge in NYC, the High Bridge to High Bridge Park, Manhattan.  We touch six parks in THE HARLEM RIVER VALLEY RECREATION AREA. About 4 miles to this point. Walk can be extended.  Contribution: $3 from non-Shorewalker members. More info at www.shorewalkers.org

Meet:  11 a.m.,  207th Street and 10th Avenue under the elevated #1 train, south east corner.

 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 28-2015 9:20 AM
Individual Price:
Free

 About 7 miles, moderate pace.  Visit Pines, Cherry Grove, and Sunken Forest to AMC camp at Atlantique for Lemonade, showers, swimming. Sand and may be soft.

Meeting:  Take 9.12 am train LIRR(check schedule at 718 217 5477) to Sayville arriving at 10:49. Then taxi to ferry and take ferry to the Pines.  Return by ferry to Bayshore by LIRR. Cost $5 admission to house plus taxi and $15 for ferries plus train cost.  Bring lunch and water.  Pl call leader to confirm that hike will take place especially if rain possible.  Drivers park at Bayshore east bound platform. Take 10:25 train to Sayville. 

 

Triboro Bridge to Whitestone Bridge

Event date:
6- 27-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 19.

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 Pathmark supermarket by 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 Triboro again 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 to Kane's Park on Classon Point, Pugsley Creek Park and Castle Hill Park then north on Zerega Avenue, across 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 take the Q44 bus from 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.

There are a few drop off points along the way, buses that connect to various stops of the 6 train.

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in front of the Pathmark supermarket. 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.

Old Bronx Borough Courthouse Art Exhibit

Event date:
6- 21-2015 12:00 PM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE JUNE 19: THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JULY 12.

Slow pace, about 7 miles and 5 hours. We will go to the No Longer Empty art exhibit at the Old Bronx Borough Court House.  

We will start at the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan then walk east across the 145th Street Bridge into the Bronx. If you want to meet us in the Bronx, be at East 150th Street under the Major Deegan Expressway at the entrance to Mill Pond Park by 12:30.

We'll walk north along the Harlem River through Mill Pond Park, cross through the Metro-North Station to Macombs Dam Park, pass by Yankee Stadium, view the Lorelei Fountain in Joyce Kilmer Park and continue along 161st Street to the iconic Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, which was built between 1904 and 1915 and has been empty since the city stopped using it in the 1970s.

The art exhibit opens at 1:00 p.m. and has a $3 suggested donation. It is called "When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out" and is put on by a group called No Longer Empty, which stages exhibits in vacant buildings around the city. Here is the exhibit website: No Longer Empty.

After viewing the exhibit, we will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden then walk back on 161st Street to the Grand Concourse, past the Bronx County Courthouse, through Franz Sigel Park then cross the 145th Street Bridge again and return to the A,B,C,D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The 4, 2 and 5 and D lines are available along the Grand Concourse if you don't want to walk back to Manhattan. We should be back at 145th Street by 5:00.

Bring lunch, drinks and snacks. We will eat lunch outside in a nearby community garden.

Meet: 12:00 p.m. in front of the Capital One Bank at the northeast corner of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue outside the A,B,C,D station in Manhattan. Note that the B train does not run on weekends.

Coney Island To Sheepshead Bay

Event date:
6- 21-2015 11:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

UPDATE: Walk is cancelled due to predictions of heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the day 

Flat terrain, moderate pace, 4-5 hours, approximate distance 4-5 miles;  walk along boardwalk from Coney Island to Manhattan Beach.  Lunch and possible 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.  Bring lunch/water and bathing suit.  Rain cancels. 

MEET:  at 11:00 AM in front of Nathan’s , across street from subway station.  take D, F, N, or Q subways and exit at Surf & Stillwell Avenues.  No charge to members of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club.  All others $3.00.  Must call or email leader to confirm that walk is on.

Manitou Nature Preserve/Outward Bound Trails

Event date:
6- 20-2015 12:25 PM
Individual Price:
Free

5-6 miles on forested trail paths, and winding creeks. Vivid views, from high banks, overlooking the Hudson River. A moderate pace through this gem of flat terrain and small hills. Bring food and water.

Meet at Grand Central Terminal by the information booth. Hudson Line train departure at 12:43pm, R/T to Manitou, NY(arriving 1:52pm). Late return from Manitou at 7:30pm, arriving GCT at 8:47pm. Call for hike status or information. Non members $3.

Governor's Island and Brooklyn Bridge

Event date:
6- 20-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

About 9 miles total walking. We will take the free Governor's Island ferry from the Battery Maritime building  and spend about 3 hours on the island, first touring Fort Jay and Castle Williams and then walking the island. We will break for lunch on the island; bring your lunch or try the food trucks. About 5 miles total walking on the island. 

Then, we will take the ferry from Governor's Island to Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1, walk under the Brooklyn Bridge and past Jane's Carousel, then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, ending our walk at City Hall Park. About 4 miles total walking from the ferry to City Hall.

Feel free to join us just for Governor's Island and take the ferry back to Manhattan on your own. If you do not want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge you can join us as we walk to the bridge and catch the subway in Brooklyn. 

MEET: at 10:30 a.m. at the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and take the 11:00 (free) ferry to Governor's Island. 

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