Events

Agony Grind and the AT

Event date:
5- 4-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Irv Reich
Phone:
917-913-2742
Email:
richiam@aol.com

Distance: 7 miles

Meet: 10:00 a.m.

A strenuous hike, not for beginners. Hike the Appalachian Trail up a steep climb known as Agony Grind, pass Indian Hill to Little Dam Lake. At E. Mombasha Road we will turn back to the start. Great views and plenty of steep terrain.

Bring plenty of water, lunch and good footwear.

Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen, (41.264792,-74.15426 ). Hike begins promptly at 10 AM. Bring lunch and water. Rain cancels.

No email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

WALK ACROSS NEW JERSEY PART XIII. PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE

Event date:
5- 9-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
5- 9-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

Saturday, May 9, 2015.  WALK ACROSS NEW JERSEY PART XIII.  PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE.  Final in a series of 13 hikes crossing the Garden State.  From the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, walk to the top fo the Palisades then along the top of the cliffs to North Hudson Park.  Descend and walk mostly the Hudson River Walkway to the George Washington Bridge and end at the GWB bus terminal.  Mostly flat except the easy climb to the top of the Palisades.  Bring lunch, snacks and water Joint hike.  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Leader:  Craig Nunn (551-206-6823 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
5- 9-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Gerry Matusiewicz
Phone:
845 462 1141
Email:
lostinpok@gmail.com

Walk the new DutchessCounty 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.  End at 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 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.

 

Westside River Walk

Event date:
5- 10-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
718 392 4645
Around 6-7 miles at a moderately brisk pace mostly on paved streets.  Starting from Riverside Park, we'll walk along the path, and will  walk to the promenades of two piers to view the waterfront. While we'll be walking, various wild flowers weeds and new or old sculptures being sponsored by the city will be an exciting view. Finally we'll reach the elevated 1930's freight rail station,  " High Line" which had been transformed into a wild wonderland of the city "wilderness." Expect to see many wildflowers, plants, birds, and tourists.  We'll be heading to the west village to spend some time in the flower garden of the St. Lukes church.  Having an optional late post-lunch snacks at a Grom's Ice Cream or Joe's pizza will be a possibility.  Bring lunch, water and dress according to the weather. Heavy rain or bad weather conditions cancels.
 
Meet: 10:00 AM @72nd &B'way,  Trader Joe's lobby. Take #1,2,3 to 72nd street.  Call leader for the walk status, no later than 9:30PM the week of walk only.  Joint walk, Members only.

Agony Grind and Indian Hill Loop

Event date:
5- 11-2015 9:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Irv Reich; co-leader: David Tarlo
Phone:
leader:917-913-2742; co-leader: 917- 922 - 9108
Email:
leader: richiam@aol.com ; co-leader: davsong@aol.com

Distance: 8 miles

Meet: 9:45 a.m.

This hike will ascend the Appalachian Trail to Agony Grind and leave the AT to take in additional views. Be prepared for an initial steep climb. Bring water, lunch and good footwear.

Meet 9:45 AM at Elk Pen, off Route 17 just north of Southfields. Hike begins promptly at 10 AM.

BROOKLYN'S "BEST" BLOCKS PART III

Event date:
5- 16-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
5- 16-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

Saturday, May 16, 2015.  BROOKLYN'S "BEST" BLOCKS PART III. Third in an indeterminate series of hikes aiming to connect all 200 "best" blocks and corners in Brooklyn suggested in a series of articles published between 2010 and 2014 in "The L Magazine".  Starting at some to be determined Brooklyn subway station and ending 8-12 miles later some other subway stop - this hike in the series will probably cover Greenpoint and Williamsburg.    Bring lunch, snacks and water.  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Leader:  Craig Nunn (551-206-6823 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

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

Event date:
5- 16-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

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.

Old Croton Acqueduct: Yonkers to Irvington

Event date:
5- 16-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Mayer Wiesen
Phone:
(516) 671-2095

6 easy miles.  View the Hudson River and rear backyards.  No smoking on trip.

Meeting:  Broadway and 242nd St.  Street level by the park at 10:00AM for the 10:30AM bus.  Cost one way $2.50.  $8.50 if returning to Grand Central

OVER THE GWB AND DOWN - LEGS 4 AND 5 OF THE BATT-TO-BEAR TRAIL

Event date:
5- 17-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy A and friends
Email:
adlercy@gmail.com

Walk over the George Washington Bridge, into the woods on top of the Palisades."No New Yorker should die without having walked over the GWB." Walk down 400 stone steps to the Hudson shore and then north 5 to 8 miles.  Spectacular views and fresh air.  Waterfall.Wear hiking shoes, hat. Bring water, food, binoculars. Bad weather cancels.

MEET: 10AM at Bus Information booth in Port Authority Bus Terminal, W.178th/Broadway. Take A train to 178th or #1 train to181st Street station.

Sheepshead Bay to Floyd Bennett Airfield

Event date:
5- 23-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608

Distance: 7+ miles

A 7+ mile, moderate to brisk paced hike along generally flat paths and beaches.  We will visit Hanger B, home to many vintage WW II aircraft, some in stages of restoration.    Possible hike extension across the Marine Parkway Bridge.  Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9:30 AM, outside the Q/B Sheepshead Bay Road Station in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay Road station exit).  Call Leader. Marvin Malatar at 718 376 3608, for hike status, or info.  Non members $3.

Ride the Free Staten Island Ferry and Interesting places on the Island

Event date:
5- 23-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Mcbreen
Phone:
(516) 238-8073

We will 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.

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit it’s 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.

BRONX RIVER - KENSICO DAM TO SOUNDVIEW PARK

Event date:
5- 24-2015 8:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

23 mile, moderate-paced hike on paved paths and sidewalks from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, Westchester County, to Soundview Park in the Bronx along the Bronx River.  About 13 miles in Westchester County and 10 miles in the Bronx.

The walk will take 9 to 10 hours.  After reaching Soundview Park we will walk one mile back to the 6 line along Westchester Avenue.  We hope to reach the 6 line before 7:00 p.m. 

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. 

From Bronxville, we will walk along streets again until we reach 233rd Street in the Bronx, right by Woodlwan Cemetery, then follow the Bronx River Greenway south  past the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo and through Starlight Park and Concrete Plant Park to Soundview Park.

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a morning break in Hartsdale and later stop for lunch in Bronxville.  The paths are mostly flat with a few inclines. Numerous drop-off points along the walk for the Metro-North Hudson Line and then the 2 and 6 train in the Bronx.

Meet: 8:15 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 8:47 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $9.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 8:57 a.m., at Fordham at 9:04 a.m., and at White Plains at 9:22 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 9:30 a.m.  Check for other route information at Metro-North Schedules

The Bridges & Waterways of New York's Central Park

Event date:
5- 30-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Matthew Brozyna
Phone:
917-912-9533

This is a moderately paced adventure under, over, around and through many of the amazing architectural wonders throughout Central Park. We begin our walk at the southwest tip of Central Park South and zigzag our way up the eastern half of Central Park to The Harlem Meer at 110th St. Then we circle back along the western half of the park and finish at Sheep's Meadow. Please bring water and lunch or snack for this fascinating 5-hour journey of approx. 8 miles. 

MEET: 9 AM sharp at the Atrium entrance to the Time Warner Towers Complex at 59th St. & Columbus Circle. Take the A, D or 1 train to 59th St. Rain or Shine! 

Shakespeare’s Walk

Event date:
6- 6-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

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.

 

Brooklyn/Queens Greenway

Event date:
6- 6-2015 9:15 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Jack McCleland & Elizabeth Campbell
Phone:
(H) 718-478-2430 (Cell) 347-586-6933
Email:
jgmwolf@gmail.com



Approximately 10 miles. On this part of our Brooklyn/Queens Greenway walk we explore Alley Pond and continue to Fort Totten.  Bring lunch and water.  Steady, Brisk walk.   

Meet at entrance to Cunnigham Park and park buildings. Take the Q88 bus towards Queens Village.  Get off at Francis Lewis Blvd.  Walk ½  block to 73rd Ave.Meet 9:15 for 9:30 start. 

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 7-2015 9:20 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Frank Bamberger
Phone:
718 457 5159
Email:
fbamberger@nyc.rr.com

 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 9.22 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. 

 

Roosevelt Island to Queensboro Bridge

Event date:
6- 7-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

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.  

 

GREAT MANHATTAN BRIDGE WALK

Event date:
6- 13-2015 8:45 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Walt Wright
Phone:
917 783 6540
Email:
waltercwright@yahoo.com

30 miles, moderate pace, 12 hours. Start at Brooklyn Bridge, end at GW Bridge. We’ll walk over all of the bridges on which one can leave Manhattan Island by foot. If we are lucky, the Old Croton Aqueduct Bridge (aka The High Bridge) will have reopened after 40 years, and we will now have 17 bridges to cross! 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:  8:45 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).

Union Square Shuffle

Event date:
6- 13-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Z. Baez
Email:
loves2walk@gmail.com

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.

 

Bronx: Beautiful Trees, Flowers of the Bronx Botanical Gardens and Woodawn Cemetery

Event date:
6- 13-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
516-238-8073

Moderate walking, some hills, about six to seven hours. After a tourin the “Gardens”, we will walk east out of the “gardens” to the Bronx Park Eastand north to the Woodlawn Cemetery and tour around the cemetery and then walk to Arthur Avenue We will use the Fordham Road Station (“D” train) to return to Manhattan. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens

Meet at 9:00AM, exit at Bedford Park Boulevard  ( No.4, D train ). We will walk down Bedford Park Blvd. to meet with the walkers arriving on the Metro North from Grand Central Terminal at 9:44AM inside the garden. Entrance to the “Gardens” is free on Saturdays until 10:00AM. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00 PM, if weather is a question.

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