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Exploring Manhattan by bike

We packed an overnight badge for our night in New york with Lara. We walked down the street from her place to Pelham Station & caught a train into Grand Central Station with all the commuters .

This was my first time back in New York since January 2001. In winter it had been bitterly cold so it was so nice to be here on a beautiful end of Summer day. Loved seeing the familiar iconic buildings that new York is famous for starting with beautiful Grand Central Station. In Manhattan there lives 1.6 million people.

It took us about 30 minutes to walk about 20 blocks to our hotel by Central Park - the Oriental Mandarin ( a 5 star hotel!). Lara was so generously paying for us to stay here. It was too early to check in so we left our bags with them and went out to hire bikes. We were trying to hire from the bike station on the footpath when we were warned it was not the best way to do it. He of course was from another bike company. Fortunately we listened to him and it was a much better way to do with him & cheaper because if you don't dock in the city bikes every 30 minutes you accrue increasing fees and they are not always easy to find.

We rented from "Bike Rental Central Park" located on 57th St off 9th Avenue. It is open 8am – 8pm and all day rental is $30. We rode the bikes from 11am - 5pm and stated off riding the Hudson River Bikeway around the bottom of Manhattan and finished off with Central Park. It was a beautiful day and temperature with blue skies . New York was showing off with the sparkling water of the Hudson River looking over to New Jersey.

We rode past :

Piers

Heliports

Naval ship

Battery Park

See dog walkers & nannies out with babies – all have foreign accents

Staten Island Ferry Terminal

Governors Island Ferry Terminal

Under Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridge & Williamsburg bridge

We stopped in at the 911 Memorial site to remember the 2977 people who died in September 2001. The original world trade centre was a 16 acre commercial complex built between 1966 and 1987. There are now 2 pools set in the footprints of the original twin towers. Thirty foot artificial waterfalls, the largest in north America cascade into pools each then descending into a void. The names of the victims are inscribed around the pools.

After riding back the same way we went we went Central Park. It is massive and so diverse and beautiful with meadows, forests, massive rocks and lakes and covers 843 acres!

We went past the: The pond & boathouse with remote control sailing boats

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir

The great lawns & sheep meadows

After all that riding we went back to check in - our room and view is stunning!! Quick shower and off then out tin a cab to go the most amazing Japanese restaurant with Lara. Ate the most incredible food I have ever had.

Pelham Station  catching train to NYC

Pelham Station catching train to NYC


New York

New York


Bryant Park

Bryant Park


Park

Park


Leigh

Leigh


Sleeping man

Sleeping man


Leigh in front of the Empire state building

Leigh in front of the Empire state building


Skyscrapers of NYC

Skyscrapers of NYC


Horse & carriage

Horse & carriage


View of Central Park from our room  - yep nice!

View of Central Park from our room - yep nice!


View of Central Park  from our room - pretty nice!

View of Central Park from our room - pretty nice!


Central Park

Central Park


Along the Hudson River bike way

Along the Hudson River bike way


New World Trade Tower

New World Trade Tower


Marina

Marina


Marina

Marina


Hudson River bikeway

Hudson River bikeway


Statue of Liberty  behind the boat

Statue of Liberty behind the boat


New World Trade Tower

New World Trade Tower


World Trade Memorial site and waterfall pools

World Trade Memorial site and waterfall pools


NYC

NYC


Memorial pool with names around the edges

Memorial pool with names around the edges


Food stand lunch

Food stand lunch


Heliport

Heliport


Looking to Brooklyn

Looking to Brooklyn


Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge


Bridges of New York

Bridges of New York


Bridges of New York

Bridges of New York


Bridges of New York

Bridges of New York


Leigh along the Hudson River

Leigh along the Hudson River


Looking back to the Brooklyn Bridge

Looking back to the Brooklyn Bridge


Bridges

Bridges


Central Park

Central Park


Central Park

Central Park

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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