Events

44th Great Manhattan Bridge Walk

Event date:
10- 21-2017 8:15 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Jack Shi
Phone:
646-363-6378 (Text Preferred)
Email:
thejackshi [at] gmail.com

We will split into two groups covering slightly different routes. A faster group will walk over every pedestrian-friendly bridge around the perimeter of Manhattan Borough (~34 miles). The other group will do the same around the perimeter of Manhattan Island (~31 miles). Starting with the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan, we will proceed clockwise around Manhattan and end with the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. There will be one ride on the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the faster group. Bring or buy lunch. There will be a few short breaks. Feel free to eat during the breaks or while walking.

Storm King Art Center Day Trip

Event date:
10- 21-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

We'll take the round-trip Short Line bus to Storm King Art Center and spend the day walking among the dozens of sculptures spread among the 500 landscaped acres. I will lead a walk through the grounds of the art center, you can join me for some or all of the walk, or make your own way around the grounds. 

The Storm King Art Center is named after the nearby Storm King Mountain, but is not actually on Storm King Mountain. The art center includes the Meadows, Museum Hill, the South Fields and the North Woods. There are paths, roads, fields and lawns to walk on, there are some steep hills, but the steep hills can be avoided. The art center includes works by Alexander Calder, David Smith, Mark Di Suvero, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra and Mya Lin and many others. 

The highest part of the art center is Museum Hill, a high bluff which has an old mansion converted into an art museum as well as a snack bar and restrooms. There is a three story elevator building that connects Museum Hill to the Meadows. 

Maps will be handed out when we arrive at the art center. There is a free tram that does a 30-minute route around the grounds, starting and ending at the lower level of the elevator building. The tram is hop-on/hop-off, but is usually too crowded for anybody to get on once it begins its route, so don't plan to get on the tram along the route. If you want to ride the tram, best to get on at the beginning of its route by the elevator building. 

We will begin our walk by walking across the Meadow to the elevator building and going up to Museum Hill, where restrooms, snack bar, museum and many sculptures are located. After a quick stop for restroom and coffee, we will head south down the hill and walk around the South Fields and see the Three-Legged Buddha, the Storm King Wall, Maya Lin's Wavefield and the many large, steel Mark Di Suvero sculptures. 

Then we will once again take the elevator up to Museum Hill and have a lunch break, during which you can view the museum exhibits and the sculptures surrounding the museum, including pieces by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi and David Smith.

Next, we walk north into the North Woods, then circle back to the lower level of the elevator building for the third time. From there, the tram is available, or you can wander around on your own. The bus leaves at 5:02, try to get to the bus stop by 4:45. 

Here is a link to the art center website: Storm King 

Here is the Wikipedia: Storm King Wikipedia

Here is the 2016 map of Storm King: Storm King map - get the 2017 map when you get off the bus.  

Food: Bring lunch, snacks, beverages. There is a snack bar by the museum, a taco truck in the parking lot and a cafe in the North Woods, but the lines are long, the menu is limited, the food is unremarkable and the prices are high. 

Restrooms: The only actual restrooms are located at the back of the museum, near the snack bar. Otherwise, there are port-a-pottys liberally placed throughout the grounds. Once we all get off the bus and gather ourselves together, our first stop will be the restrooms and snack bar behind the museum and from there we will begin our walk.

Important Bus Information: The Storm King bus experience is very simple and also confusing, annoying and frustrating.

The bus package is $47.00 and includes round-trip transportation from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Storm King and admission to Storm King, which is usually $12.00 or $10.00 senior. There is no senior discount for the bus package.

Here is a link to the Short Line nus page: Short Line bus

The Short Line ticket window is on the second floor of the North wing of the bus terminal. The morning bus is scheduled to leave Port Authority at 10:00 and arrive at Storm King at 11:25. The evening bus is scheduled to leave Storm King at 5:02 and arrive back at Port Authority at 6:25.

Morning Bus: The bus leaves from Port Authority at 10:00. The ticket lines and bus lines can get very long on Saturday mornings, so get to the terminal by 9:00 to get your tickets, Tickets can be purchased online, but all you will get is a receipt - you still have to bring the receipt to the ticket window to get your tickets to get on the bus.  If you can, go to the Port Authority some day before the hike to get your ticket. So far as I can tell, these tickets are non-refundable; they can be used for travel to Storm King on any day, but cannot be returned. So consider carefully your schedule and the weather forecast before buying your ticket.

The bus to Storm King usually leaves from gates around Gate 405-409 on the fourth level of the bus terminal, ask when buying your ticket. There are also gate attendants in the hallway by the gates who you can ask. Once one bus gets filled with people going to Storm King, the attendants will direct others to another gate for the next bus. Sometimes, the bus to Storm King will include people who are going to Woodbury Commons and the bus will stop at Woodbury Commons first on the way to Storm King. This adds maybe 15 minutes to the bus trip. When you step off the bus at Storm King, hand your admission ticket to the attendant and he will either hand you a map or point to a box of maps on the ground.

Evening Bus:  The return bus from Storm King will stop at the same bus shelter where we get off the morning bus. Wait directly in front of the bus shelter for the bus, the first evening bus can get full and then you have to wait for the next bus, so you want to be in position to be one of the people that gets on the first bus. The return bus may also make a stop at Woodbury Commons. The return bus is scheduled to arrive at the Port Authority at 6:25; last week my return bus arrived at the Port Authority at 7:10.  

 

Harlem Walk

Event date:
10- 21-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267
Walk is about 3 miles. We will see some sites in Harlem and possibly listen to Gospel music.  Use bathrooms at home.   
 
MEET 10 A.M. in front of Starbucks at 125th St. and Lenox Ave.  Take 2 or 3 train to 125th St.  Bring water.  Call leader, Ellen to confirm that walk is on 212-861-4267

Rockefeller Preserve

Event date:
10- 22-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Bill Wrublewski
Phone:
646-369-0279
Email:
summer.time101@verizon.net

Distance: 12 to 13 miles at a moderate pace.

Walk from Philipse Manor through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to the Rockefeller Preserve. Walk on former carriage roads alongside brooks and the Pocantico River.

Important: Bring lunch and water.

Meet: Grand Central Station at 9:00 a.m.by the information booth to take the 9:20 train to Philipse Manor, arriving at 10:16. Check schedule for possible changes.

Fare round trip from Grand Central: $21.50/$14.00 seniors, 65 and older; r/t from Marble Hill $11.00/$5.50 seniors, 65 and older. Rain cancels.

MEMBERS ONLY!

Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk

Event date:
10- 22-2017 11:15 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Rhonda Heise Asher
Phone:
917-847-1536 (text preferred)
Email:
rasher89@yahoo.com

1.5 hours at easy pace with optional extension at own pace. (Please note: This is a repeat of the October 1 trip to Governors Island.) 

https://govisland.com/map 

 Part One: Guided history walk of the island. Easy pace.

We’ll be among the first to enjoy the island during the autumn as 2017 is the first year Governors Island is open to the public through October. Rhonda Heise Asher (volunteer with the Friends of Governors Island) will lead the 1.5 hour tour – especially designed for Shorewalkers – and will cover both the history and the new developments of the island. Terrain is mostly flat, ending at a big hill that is optional (though it offers the best views of New York Harbor!). 

Part Two: Optional extension at your own pace. After the guided tour, Shorewalkers may head back to the ferry or extend the walk with a hike around the circumference of the island at their preferred pace.  

Meeting Location: Governors Island, Soissons Landing Welcome Center, north side of island. Hike leader Rhonda Heise Asher will meet the group at the large map. You’ll see the map at the top of stairs to your left as you arrive on Governors Island from the Manhattan ferry. 

Meeting time: 11:15am. 

Directions: Take the Governors Island Ferry that departs lower Manhattan at 11:00am from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street, just east of the Staten Island ferry terminal). Allow time for first-come/first-served boarding.Fare: The 11:00 ferry is free. (The return ride from Governors Island is also free.)

For ferry info: https://govisland.com/info/ferry 

Water/Food: Bring water. Since it’s late in the season, food to purchase on the island may be limited. It’s wise to bring your own snack/lunch. 

Weather: In case of iffy weather, cancellation will be posted by 8:00 am on the day of the walk. 

 

 

Annual Meeting

Event date:
10- 27-2017 6:30 PM
Members:
Free

All members are invited. Please suggest members who might join the Board of Directors or become officers; Email or call to nominate anyone including yourself. Help bring Shorewalkers to a wider public and expand our environmental involvement. Potluck: Bring your favorite dish, drink or contribute $5. 

Registration:  Please note, registration is currently being arranged. 

Time:  6:30PM 

 

Haunted Halloween Hike/Old Croton Aqueduct/Westchester River Walk

Event date:
10- 28-2017 10:15 AM
Event End Date:
10- 28-2017 5:00 AM
Cut off date:
10- 28-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
$12.00
Hikeleader:
Richard Mojhovich
Email:
figgman@mindspring.com

 

A haunted happy Halloween hike walking thru the historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow N.Y. final home of Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, and many more.

We will have a one hour plus guided tour of the cemetery for a cost of $12.00 (bring exact change) per person with a limit of 30 people.  Costume optional.

A fast paced hike from Philips Manor to Hasting on Hudson, by walking the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) and the Westchester River Walk, approximately 10/12 miles on gravel/paved trails and streets, mostly flat with some hills to and from train stations. Walk through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Lyndhurst Castle, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley on Hudson, Mercy College and Irvington on Hudson ending at a great out door bar/restaurant in Hasting on Hudson with a return back to Philips Manor by train for drivers, $1.50 .Drop outs in every town with train stations.  We will probably finish about 5:00PM

Directions:   Drivers can park free at the Philips Manor train station.From Grand Central Station take the Metro North 9:20  train to Philipse Manor arrives at 10:16

Senior fare is $1.50 from Hastings On Hudson back to Philips Manor Grand Central To Philips Manor: REG $10.75 senior: $7.00 Hasting On Hudson return to Grand Central reg $ 9.25 Senior $6.00

Bring:  lunch, snacks, water. We will have lunch by a Hudson River Park, and a great outdoor restaurant and bar with Hudson River views at trails end.

Meet hike leader at Philips Manor train station, tall guy with cowboy hat at 10:15AM Joint hike with the Freewalkers Of New Jersey. The cemetery rules are: Rain or shine for sat but heavy rain cancels. Shorewalkers Nonmembers $3.00. Email leader for weather questions.

Walkway Over the Hudson

Event date:
10- 28-2017 11:45 AM
Event End Date:
10- 28-2017 3:00 PM
Cut off date:
10- 28-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Gerry Matusiewicz
Phone:
845 462 1141
Email:
lostinpok@gmail.com

Ride Metro-North along the Hudson River and take a walk on the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been recently 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.

East River Walk to Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Event date:
10- 29-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
917 670 3845

About 6-7 miles along the East River path to 50th St. and along the 1st Ave . Walking on newly renovated & constructed promenades of the East River; viewing newly planted various plants and flowers as well as a briery; and spending time to appreciate the human determination to built two bridges ( Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges ).

We will get in to the UN headquarter to learn about it's mission to keep peace and prosperity of the world. Bring your photo ID.  We may also be able to visit a private garden located at 42nd street.

Post walk to the Central Park Hallett Nature Sanctuary is an optional walk.

Meet 10:30AM at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal lobby, Manhattan side, near the escalator, on your side as you enter the Ferry terminal.  Take the #1 train to South Ferry Station or the #4or 5 train to Bowling Green to walk to the Ferry Terminal. The R or W trains to WHITEHALL is another option.

Bring lunch,water and snack. Dress according to the weather and prepare for rain.    Heavy storm cancels the walk.  Call to confirm evening up to 9:30 P.M.  Joint Walk. Members only. PLEASE NO SLOW WALKERS!!!

State Line to GWB via the Long Path

Event date:
11- 4-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 15 miles and 6 to 7 hours.

We'll take the 9:15 AM Route 9W Rockland Coach bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the New York-New Jersey state line at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and walk south to and across the George Washington bridge.

Usually we walk north and take the bus south, this time we'll walk our way south into the sun setting on New York as it heads for warmer southern locales.

The bus will arrive at the state line around 10:00 AM. We'll stop for an early rest break at the State Line cafe, then at the Park headquarters, then take a break at Alpine Lookout, Rockefeller Lookout, and the Sunoco station, then cross the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan.

Most of the leaves should be off the trees by this time, so we'll have wide views across Westchester and New York city. It could be windy along the cliffs, so bring layers to wear, and the trail could get muddy, so hiking shoes would be better than sneakers.

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 (http://www.njpalisades.org/pdfs/advisory.pdf).

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: Palisades Park map (http://www.njpalisades.org/pdfs/brochureColor.pdf)

Here is the bus schedule: Rockland Coach Route 9W (http://web.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAssets/files/97/route09w.pdf)

Meet: 8:45 AM at the commuter statues in the ticket area of the South Wing of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Buy one way ticket on Rockland Coach to State Line at the Lamont-Doherty Eath Observatory. The fare will be around $10.00.

 

 

Full Moon Hike on the Hudson

Event date:
11- 4-2017 3:15 PM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Nicholas DiNapoli co-leader: Carrie Ho
Email:
Nicholasdinapoli@hotmail.com

As day fades to night  with the trail illuminated by the light of the full moon, walk along the Hudson River under Hook Mountain. Distance: about 5 miles for 2 to 3 hours. Bring water, flashlight (just in case), and a snack. Rain cancels. Last bus returning to NY at 10:08 p.m.  Joint hike with AMC

MEET: Take Rockland Coaches (Coach USA,  Bus 9A from Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT, 40th street & 8th Ave), South Wing, (gate 220); bus departs (PABT) 2:22PM PM and arrives at Nyack (Broadway & Cedar Hill Ave.) at 3:29PM where leader will meet the bus. 

Manhattan and Brooklyn: Canstruction, Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
11- 11-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 238-8073

Relaxed walking, slight inclines, about five to six hours. Winter Garden, City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park).  Walkers may donate cans of food which will be used in the canstruction then donated to food kitchens at the end of the exhibit.

Meet :10:00AM at Broadway and Vesey Street (northwest corner of Vesey Street).

Directions: Take 1,2 or 3 subway train to Chambers Street and walk five blocks south to Vesey Street or the “A” or “E” subway train to Church Street and walk one block east to Broadway. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens.  We will  walk rain or shine. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

Three Lakes/Three Parks in Queens

Event date:
11- 19-2017 9:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Rachel Donner
Phone:
718 261 3579

Starting in Forest Hills, ending in downtown Flushing, this moderately paced walk (about 6 miles) goes through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Botanical Garden (Kissena Corridor, Kissena Park),  with an optional dim sum meal in Flushing ($12-$15).  Bring snack, water. Exercise! History!  Nature! Friendship!

 

Meet9:45 at Sterling Bank on north side of Queens Boulevard. Take E,F,R, or M to 71st Ave./Continental. 

 

WALK OFF THE TURKEY (WOTT)

Event date:
11- 25-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy Adler and friends

Distance: 12 miles

Meet: 10:00 a.m.

Bring your friends andrel atives and join the other Shorewalkers for our annual post-Thanksgiving walk from Battery to the Little Red Lighthouse.

This is the perfect way to socialize, enjoy the Hudson shoreline in the fall and walk off those pesky holiday calories at the same time.

About 12 miles and 5 hours later we’ll be at the GW Bridge.

Bring lunch and water, plan to join others for a mid-day snack at the end of the walk.

MEET: 10 a.m. at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. #1 train to South Ferry. 

East Side Walk to Chinatown

Event date:
12- 3-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ed Leibowitz
Phone:
201-332-1709 or (Cellphone 201-850-9649 on day of walk only between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM.
Email:
eleibow@verizon.net

Distance: 4-5 miles.  Walk along 1st Avenue  and East River Walkway from 59th and Lexington Ave to Chinatown. Bathrooms available at Home Depot nearby. Optional (possibly late) lunch at Chinese Restaurant of leader’s choice.  Distance: 4-5 miles. Time 3-4 hours.

Meet 10:00 AM by Bloomingdale's at 59th and Lexington Avenue. Take 4,5,6,N,,R trains to Lexington Avenue & 59th Street.  Bring water. Rain  or snow on day of walk cancels. 

Please call or email to confirm that walk is on.  Joint with Outdoors Club. $3 Non-members.

Manhattan: Holiday Walk across 57th Street

Event date:
12- 9-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
516-812-0156

Christmas and Holiday Walkdown 57th Street across to 42nd Street and up 42nd Street (with a short walk on Madison Avenue-- 57th Street to 72nd Street and back to 57th Street.  Relaxed walking, about four to five hours.

Meet10:00AM inside the Time Warner Building. Take the “1”or the “A” subway train to 59th Street (Columbus Circle). Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. We will walk rain or shine. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes.    

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

Event date:
12- 9-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy Adler
Email:
adlercy@gmail.com

Distance: 3 miles

Meet: 11:00 a.m.

Walk on part of the 120 acres of Riverside Park created by Robert Moses, along dirt path scouted by Shorewalkers.

Moses was NYC's greatest builder of parks and playgrounds. See mouth of Amtrak train tunnel, view of Grant’s Tomb, wilderness area….

Have lunch at a Cuban Restaurant.

MEET 11 AM, 79th and Riverside Drive. 

Evening in Dyker Heights

Event date:
12- 16-2017 6:30 PM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267
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.

Happy New Year's Day Hike

Event date:
1- 1-2018 12:00 PM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Cy & friends
Email:
adlercy@gmail.com

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.

 

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