Shorewalkers has a rich history, going back to December 1982 when our founder, Cy A. Adler, led his first hike around the island of Manhattan.

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It was soon followed by 2 more – one in Brooklyn near Floyd Bennett Field, and another in Staten Island from St George to Richmond – and we’ve been going strong – and widening our boundaries – ever since!

Born in 1927, Cy was a trained mathematician and oceanographer who spent many years as an educator in New York City and was a prolific author of many books focused on ecology and hiking, including Ecological Fantasies: Death from Falling Watermelons; Walking the Hudson: Batt to Bear; Walking Manhattan’s Rim: The Great Saunter.

His passion for walking in general, and the preservation of parklands and shorelines of New York City in particular, led to the formation of the Shorewalkers organization and the creation of the ‘longest walk on the longest day of the year’, dubbed the Great Saunter.

He was prescient in his views, noting that “walking is the future in our growing metropolis. City-dwellers must walk to stay healthy and also to get where they must go, efficiently and economically, without a car. Our small planet won’t be able to sustain our current use of fossil-fuel based transportation much longer.”

Additionally, he pioneered and advocated for the development of a 330-mile walking path from the Battery in lower Manhattan up to Albany, New York and today that path is now a reality & then some, the 750 mile Empire State Trail!

Cy passed away in September 2018, though his legacy lives on in the dedicated team of hike leaders and board members who continue to advance his causes.

Hudsonphiles article + photo of the marker

It was soon followed by 2 more – one in Brooklyn near Floyd Bennett Field, and another in Staten Island from St George to Richmond – and we’ve been going strong – and widening our boundaries – ever since!

Born in 1927, Cy was a trained mathematician and oceanographer who spent many years as an educator in New York City and was a prolific author of many books focused on ecology and hiking, including Ecological Fantasies: Death from Falling Watermelons; Walking the Hudson: Batt to Bear; Walking Manhattan’s Rim: The Great Saunter.

His passion for walking in general, and the preservation of parklands and shorelines of New York City in particular, led to the formation of the Shorewalkers organization and the creation of the ‘longest walk on the longest day of the year’, dubbed the Great Saunter.

He was prescient in his views, noting that “walking is the future in our growing metropolis. City-dwellers must walk to stay healthy and also to get where they must go, efficiently and economically, without a car. Our small planet won’t be able to sustain our current use of fossil-fuel based transportation much longer.”

Additionally, he pioneered and advocated for the development of a 330-mile walking path from the Battery in lower Manhattan up to Albany, New York and today that path is now a reality & then some, the 750 mile Empire State Trail!

Cy passed away in September 2018, though his legacy lives on in the dedicated team of hike leaders and board members who continue to advance his causes.

WHERE WE’RE GOING

Our Future

Our Future

Fast forward nearly 40 years and while Shorewalkers
remains firm in its mission to protect New York City’s
shorelines by leading walks to educate its
members and enhance their health,
our reach is growing wider and deeper.

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Shorewalking
Around the Globe

The silver lining of the pandemic has shown how much we share with the global walking community as evidenced by the great success of our first Virtual Great Saunter. The event launched in October 2020 to enable members to walk anywhere in the world – in any number of segments – over a 2 week period – to complete the Great Saunter 32-mile distance.

It was a such a great success, that we repeated it in 2021, sharing our love for parklands, shorelines and hiking with 735 registrants from 9 countries & 32 states!

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Advocacy

Over the years, Shorewalkers has collaborated with
like-minded organizations in the New York City area, both to lead hikes and to advocate for walking paths, parks and our shorelines – and are committed to continuing this work as established by our founder, Cy A. Adler.

Get Involved

Shorewalking
Around the Globe

The silver lining of the pandemic has shown how much we share with the global walking community as evidenced by the great success of our first Virtual Great Saunter. The event launched in October 2020 to enable member to walk anywhere in the world – in any number of segments – over a 2 week period – to complete the Great Saunter 32-mile distance.

It was a great success, and we are dedicated to continuing it and sharing our love for parklands, shorelines and hiking beyond the New York metropolitan area.

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