Events

Walkway Over the Hudson

Event date:
5- 13-2017 11:45 AM
Event End Date:
5- 13-2017 11:45 AM
Cut off date:
5- 13-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Gerry Matusiewicz
Phone:
845-462-1141 (cell) 845-418-0745
Email:
lostinpok@gmail.com

Ride Metro-North along the Hudson River and take a walk on the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been converted to a pedestrian walkway. Beautiful views of the River and surrounding mountains in the Poughkeepsie - Highland area from 212 feet above the water. Moderately paced, the round trip walk from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station is about 5 miles.

Meet: in the Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station Waiting Room. Take the Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to The Poughkeepsie station (last stop). We will meet in the station waiting room at 11:45.

 

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

Event date:
5- 20-2017 10:15 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy Adler and friends
Email:
adlercy@gmail.com

Take ferry to Staten Island, bus along Richmond Terrace to

Howlands Hook area. Scout Mariners Marsh Park, area, etc.

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

Distance: 4‐7 miles.

 

Old Croton Acqueduct: Yonkers to Irvington

Event date:
5- 20-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
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 #1 bus.  Bring Metro card, fare one way is $2.75.  Return from Irvington is $2.75 to approximately $8.00. by train.

Riverside Church to the Cloisters

Event date:
5- 27-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 7 miles, 5 hours, along Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Avenue from 110th Street to 190th Street. This was last scheduled for a cold day in February so we'll try it again in warmer weather.

We'll have a look inside Riverside Church and Grants Tomb, see Sakura Park, The Amiable Child Monument and Claremont Park then take the big staircase down to 125th Street to lunch. After lunch we'll walk around Riverbank State Park and continue north on Riverside Drive to 162nd Street and walk west to Fort Washington Avenue, stop at J. Hood Wright Park and Bennett Park, then Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.

Riverside Church and The Cloisters were both built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. At the church, we'll just take a quick walk around and see the chapels. The Cloisters is a museum of medieval art that is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is constructed out of parts of four French medieval cloisters which Rockefeller purchased and had reconstructed into the museum. Admission to The Cloisters is pay what you wish.  

The hike will end at the Cloisters, so everybody can take as much or as little time as they want to view the collection. The A train 190th Street station is at the entrance to Fort Tryon park, we'll pass it on our way in.

We might eat lunch on the Baylander, a decommissioned Navy ship that was used to teach helicopter pilots to land on a ship at sea and is now docked at the West Harlem Piers. The ship has picnic tables on an open deck and a covered deck and a very friendly port captain who will give use a tour. The ship is right near Fairway, if you don't bring lunch you can get it at Fairway and join us on the ship, if you don't want to eat on the ship, you can eat on shore in the park. If the port captain is not at the ship when we arrive, we will eat in the park.    

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the north west corner of 110th street and Broadway. Take the 1 train to 110th Street.  

Bridgebagging Newtown Creek

Event date:
5- 28-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and occasional park paths.  Cross every pedestrian accessible bridge (there aren't many) over Newtown Creek and its tributaries, checking out intersting things along the way.  Bring lunch, snacks and water.  

Meeting:  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.  Members and guests only.

George Washington Bridge to Piermont via the Long Path

Event date:
5- 28-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

A fast-paced 18 mile, 7 to 8 hour hike along the top of the Palisades to Piermont with return to NYC by bus. Start by walking across the George Washington Bridge, then north on the Long Path past Allison Park, Rockefeller Lookout, Alpine Lookout, the ruins of Clifdale Manor, Park Headquarters, State Line Lookout, then into Tallman Mountain State Park and then Piermont. 

There will be an optional extension to Nyack, which will be about another 4 miles along the Old Erie Path. 

This hike has beautiful views along the Hudson River; it also has some steep hills, trails with rocks, tree roots, branches and fallen trees that must be walked, climbed or clambered over and very few drop off points. Also see the park advisory regarding ticks, snakes and poison ivy: Palisades Park Advisory

To drop off the hike early, you will need to catch the bus along Route 9W. There is a bus every hour, it makes limited stops and there are limited access points to Route 9 along the hike, if you want to leave early let me know and we can plan your escape. The bus stops are noted on the park map which is linked below.

Bring lunch, snacks, beverages. We will take an early rest stop at a gas station along the Parkway, then it will be seven miles before our next rest stop, when we eat our lunch at the Palisades Park Headquarters, which has water, restrooms, a soda machine and a backyard to eat in but has no food. We will also take a rest stop at the State Line Lookout, which has a snack bar. 

Return bus from Piermont at 4:47 p.m., arriving back at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 5:27 ($9.40 fare) and Port Authority Bus Terminal at 5:52 ($10.50 fare). Pay cash when boarding the bus, best to have exact change.

For those who continue on to Nyack, we will get the 6:38 bus, which arrives at GWB Bus Station at 7:27 p.m. and Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:52.

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 map

Here is a map of the hike: GWB to Piermont via the Long Path

Here is the Route 9W bus schedule:Rockland Coach Route 9W

Here is a nice blog post about Cliffdale Manor, which we will pass along the way: Cliffdale Manor

Meet 9:00 a.m. at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station temporary waiting room, Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street, one block west of Braodway. Take the A train to 175th Street. Or the 1 train to 181st Street, walk west to Broadway, left to 179th Street, right to Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

Exploring Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Event date:
6- 3-2017 9:15 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Jack McCleland or Elizabeth Campbell
Phone:
(Home) 718-478-2430. (Cell) 347-586-6933
Email:
jgmwolf@gmail.com

Approximately 10 miles.  Explore the wonders of FlushingMeadowsCoronaPark.  We will begin at JacksonHeights, 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.  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. 

Bear Mountain Bridge to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
6- 10-2017 7:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

Meet: at 7:30 a.m. at the Information Booth in Grand Central. We will be taking the 7:43 a.m. Hudson Line Poughkeepsie train to the Manitou station; the train stops at Harlem 125th Street at 7:54, Tarrytown at 8:22, arriving in Manitou at 8:55 a.m. The fare is $14.00, $9.25 senior. 

Get in the last or second to last car of the train. The only door to open at Manitou will be between those two cars.

Here is the Metro North Hudson Line Schedule: Metro North Hudson Line Schedule

Route: We will be walking along Route 9W in three sections for about 4 miles total, about 7 miles on trails (Jones Point Path and Hook Mountain path), and the rest on local roads and through parks. Here is a link to the map of the walk: https://goo.gl/c9xa5h

The route is Manitou Train Station to Route 9D, across the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Bear Mountain Inn (at 3 miles, restrooms, water, snacks) south on Route 9W to the 2-mile long Jones Point Path.

Then, River Road to 9W to West Shore Drive to 9W to Cove Deli (one restroom and takeout) then Park Road to Stony Point Battlefield (at 10 miles, lunch, restrooms, lame water fountain, no garbage cans).

Leaving the battlefield, Park Road to Georgian Court to Jackson Drive to Farley Drive to Tompkins Avenue to Beach Road to Vincent Clark Park (at 12 miles, garbage cans, restrooms) to Grassy Point Road to River Road to Beach Road, then through Pecks Pond Park (at 14 miles, water and restrooms).

Then Beach Road to McKenzie Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway to Main Street (at 15 miles, three buses to drop out, stores for water and snacks, restrooms at the library) and to First Street to Elk Street to West Street.

Then, West Street to Riverside Avenue to the Hook Mountain path (at 18.5 miles, restrooms at the south end of the 4.9 mile path) to North Broadway in Nyack (at 23.5 miles) to the bus stop in front of the Brickhouse bar at 28 South Broadway (restrooms at the bar or the Starbucks on Main Street).

Lunch: We will stop at Cove Deli along 9W in Tompkins Cove then eat lunch at Stony Point Battlefield, which has restrooms and a lame water fountain, but no food. 

The return: We should reach Nyack by 6:00 p.m. and catch the Rockland Coach 9A/9T bus. 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 and an 8:08 bus which does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 9:15.

Here is the Rockland Coach 9A/9T schedule: Rockland Coach

Fort Washington/Inwood Parks

Event date:
6- 11-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Raanan
Phone:
646-808-4125.or 212 675 6913

About 3 miles. basically easy but some stairs, slight climbs. First, we'll head up the picturesque walking path near the Henry Hudson Parkway, with a great view of the Hudson and the Palisades, with a stop-off at Inspiration Point. Then, we'll do more of the same in Inwood Park, walking right next to the Hudson, ending with a short walk in the woods.  About 2 1/2 hours, bring snacks or lunch.

Meet: 11 a.m. at northwest corner, Fort  Washington Avenue and 181st Street, take A train to 181st Street.. Hike leader: Raanan 646-808-4125.or 212 675 6913

Bear Mountain Bridge to George Washington Bridge via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
6- 24-2017 5:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 50 miles in about 17 hours. Starting very early at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, all the way through Rockland County and the Palisades and then over the George Washington Bridge.

Starting at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, we'll cross the bridge, walk south on 9W to the Jones Point Path, continue along 9W to Stony Point Battlefield, then along local watefront roads to Haverstaw, to the Hook Mountain bike path, then North Broadway into Nyack, to the Old Erie Path, through Tallman Mountain State Park, then the Long Path all through the Palisades to Exit 1 of the parkway, where we will walk along Hudson Trerrace to the George Washington Bridge.

The most important goal of the hike is to reach Exit 1 before dark, since we can't continue along the Long Path once it gets dark. So that gives us about 15.5 hours to go about 45 miles. I'm not certain that we can reach Exit 1 before dark, we may at some point realize the goal is out of our reach and catch a bus along Route 9. I tried doing this hike last July with one strong hiker starting at Manitou at 8:00, which is the earliest train, and after doing 30 miles in 10 hours we realized we wouldn't make it out of the Palisades before full dark and caught the bus. Starting three hours earlier should give us a good shot.

 We won't be stopping anywhere for lunch, bring what you want to eat and we'll eat as we walk. We will pass various stores and restrooms along the way. Drop off points along the way will be buses along Route 9W.

Meeting: 5:00 a.m. at the Bear Mountain Inn. There is no public transport available that early, I still am not sure exactly how I'll be there at that time. I might stay at a nearby motel, I might take a train to Peekskill and get a cab. It will be just before sunrise, but by the time we go across the bridge and back the sun should be up.

Bronx River - Kensico Dam to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 8-2017 8:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

27 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 14 miles in Westchester County and 13 miles in the Bronx.

 

Bronx River: Kensico Dam to Bronxville

Event date:
7- 15-2017 9:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

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 9:51 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $10.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 10:01 a.m. and at White Plains at 10:27 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 10:34 a.m.  In case the train schedule changes, please check at Metro-North Schedules

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

Event date:
7- 22-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 812-0156

From the St. George Ferry Terminal, we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to the St George Ferry Terminal we will view many beautiful and interesting buildings. 

Bring lunch, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.  Also bring binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens. The Group will return on the 4:00PM “Ferry”. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes. 

Meet at 10:00AM at the top of the escalator on the right-hand side. We will take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM (the Ferry leaves on time). On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the New York Harbor. We will go rain or shine. Leader Tom McBreen – call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 812-0156, if there is a question.

Bronx River Greenway: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 29-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

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.  

Manhattan: Walking the “Old Croton Aqueduct System in New York City

Event date:
8- 12-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
516-812-0156

Relaxed walking,  level ground, five to six hours. Following the path of the “water system” we will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and enter the Park at 60th Street up to and over High Bridge (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street.) .

We will continue to the Bronx Community College and the “Hall of Fame for Great Americans”.  Drop off points all along the walk. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. 

Meet 10:00AM at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). We will go rain or shine. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if there is a question. Leader: Tom McBreen— 516-812-0156. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes.

Jersey City and Hoboken: Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
9- 9-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 812-0156

Pace easy, some hills. Distance 8 miles, duration 5 to 6 hours.

Walk south along the Hudson and then go inland to Paulus Hook and Historic Downtown Jersey City ( the ice cream shop). We will then head north to Hoboken and the St. Ann’s feast. 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 the Hoboken "Path Train". Leader: Tom McBreen-- call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 812-0156, if there is question.  Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes. We walk rain or shine.

Meeting:  Broadway and Vesey Street, at 10:00AM, 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 (check for new fare). After getting off the train at Exchange Place Station, 

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