The best choice we made on our trip to New York was to do a bike tour of the city. Biking is the best. For me it’s always been associated with foreign travel and adventures.
We went with Marc Seidenstein of Bike the Big Apple for our tour, and it was 100% awesome. He kicked ass, knew EVERYTHING (even metric conversion rates for us poor Canadians) and really made the trip. He even had one of those charming New York accents that we Canadians enjoy. Marc was very relaxed and chill in our itinerary. In fact, we called only the day before to see if we could organize a private tour (he has pre-scheduled routes, but we wanted to see some specific sights!) and he was so obliging as to let us choose exactly what we wanted to see.
Our route: from near Union Square over to the East Side River esplanade and piers, under the Brooklyn Bridge, on to the Financial District, the bull statue on Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, up and over the Brooklyn Bridge, the DUMBO neighbourhood (where we got some great pizza for lunch), over the Manhattan Bridge, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Union Square.
I’m sure we could have gotten even further if I hadn’t been stopping for photos all the time. We had a great day. There was a chill in the air, but it was sunny the whole time. I wore a shell over a zip up thermal and was great. We started out from the Union Square area around 11am, and were pulling back in around 4:30pm.
Marc answered all our weird questions and was more than happy to take us to see whatever we desired. I think he possibly knows everything that ever happened in New York. Fun fact: did you know that a woman oversaw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge? She took over the project once her husband (who had been the lead engineer) came down with severe decompression sickness (from going down into the base of the bridge below the riverbed and then ascending too quickly). She is credited as “the first woman field engineer” and is just generally sort of a badass. You can read more about her here.
I would definitely recommend taking a bike trip to anyone who visits NYC. Not only is it a great bit of exercise, but you get to see the city like a local and visit a ton of unique neighbourhoods.
Mel is a professional photographer and videographer with a passion for languages, tea, literature, and travel. She writes stories about her adventures as well as tips and inspiring content for those on their own journeys.