Annual LIC Bike Parade 2010

Posted on June 17, 2010. Filed under: Bike, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation | Tags: |

LIC Bike Parade- photo credit

They cycle in droves down Vernon Boulevard; the young, the old, and the beautiful. Get out your wheels to join the fun Saturday for the fourth annual LIC Bike Parade presented by Socrates Sculpture Park. Below is the event’s schedule and a photo I nabbed from the website.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Free / Weather Permitting

10am-1pm: Learn to ride with Bike New York at Hallets Cove Playground on Vernon Boulevard and 30th Avenue
Registration begins at Socrates Sculpture Park
Bike Decorating Workshops
Parade from Socrates Sculpture Park to Queensbridge Park
Waterfront Celebration at Queensbridge Park

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New! Bike Rental in Astoria Ride and Roll

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Bike, Bike Journeys in Queens, Outdoor Recreation | Tags: , |

Want to cycle in the hood but don’t have the wheels?  I just got wind of a new bike rental place opening up, Ride and Roll Astoria, on Ditmars Boulevard and 35th St. Being an avid cycler, I was rolling with excitement when I received the message. Although I haven’t tried them yet because I have my own bike, I am eager to hear what you think!

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Century Bike Tour in Astoria Park

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Bike, Bike Journeys in Queens, Free, Parks and Recreation |

cycling through the park

cycling through the park

This Sunday September 13th marks the annual NYC Century Bike Tour– that’s 100 miles of cycling through the five boroughs. Can’t push the pedal quite that far? Don’t worry you can still participate, there are truncated versions of the tour with earlier finish points of 15, 35, 55, & 75 miles. Register September 11th or the day of the race for an extra $5.

Cyclists will be riding through our very own Astoria Park. Here is an excerpt of the rundown with the bike schedule, distance and location (for map click here) (and to watch my personal bike tour of Flushing Meadows Park on vimeo- click here )

“15 mile: Park to Park Escorted by T.A. Marshal, this ride is meant for first-time riders and families. Riders travel down NYC’s first ever protected bike lane on 9th Avenue in Chelsea and then proceed over to the East River. The tour rolls onto Manhattan’s east side greenway and towards Chinatown. Riders have the option of staying in Manhattan or continuing along onto the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Leave 8 am. Finish 10 am-2 pm. 35 mile: East River Loop This ride is for those looking for more than a Sunday stroll. Riders are taken through downtown Brooklyn, around Prospect Park and continue through hip and trendy Williamsburg and up to Astoria Park, Queens, finishing in Central Park. Leave 7:30 am. Finish 11 am-3 pm. 55 mile: The Waterfront This route is more miles but since NYC is relatively flat terrain it makes for a manageable ride for someone who is looking to challenge him or herself. This route takes riders along the Brooklyn greenway with views of the Verrazano Bridge and Coney Island and connecting to with 35-mile finish. Leave 7 am. Finish 11 am-4pm. 75 mile: The Velodrome This is not for amateurs. From Canarsie Pier, riders split and continue on the greenway and head north to Queens. The journey takes riders to Kissena Park where riders can take a loop around the Velodrome. Leave 6:30 am. Finish 12-4 pm. 100 mile: Experienced Riders Only. Riders travel out to Far Rockaway and beautiful Fort Tilden after Marine Park. Cyclists head north to Astoria Park and then progress into the Bronx. This part of the ride is the most challenging because we saved the hills for the end. Riders enter northern Manhattan and take to the east side to get a view of Yankee Stadium and travel through historic Harlem. Leave 6 am. Finish 12-6 pm.”

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Tennis and Fountains in Flushing Queens

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Bike, Flushing/Corona, Free, Parks and Recreation, US Open |

Biking in Queens is one of my favorite pastimes. This weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Here are some photo highlights of the bike trip to and from the event. And here is the video of the trip taken while cycling through the park.

Flowing Flushing Fountains

Flowing Flushing Fountains and the Unisphere

The first thing I noticed were these flowing fountains. The normally drained pool is typically filled with roller skaters and skate boarders on any given summer afternoon. This is the first time I have ever seen the fountains. Apparently the thousands of patrons from the neighborhood that visit this park every year are not enough incentive to maintain the up-keep of the park… or to keep the fountains filled with water.

Children Playing in Flushing Foutain

Children Playing in Fountain

Observatory Towers: Trash or Treasure?

Observatory Towers: Trash or Treasure?

Flushing Meadows is a vast area of land that holds a zoo, merry-go-round, a theater, miles of bike paths, ponds, Queens Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science and the home of the US Open. The park also contains this decrepit structure that, like many of the structures in the park, was built specifically for the 1964/65 World’s Fair. Rusted and structurally unsound- I spotted people roaming at the top of one of the observatory towers.

Another surprising observation, was the masses of park security and police, which are usually absent or sparse within the grounds of the park. This weekend they were swarming in their vehicles, on foot, horseback, and bicycles. They did not notice the figures walking about on the top of the observatory towers, but the park police did notice this party’s raucous salsa music. Although, the private festivities were set far from the tennis match and disturbed no one, the security guards still decided to confiscate the stereo system- creating quite a stir.

Crashing the Party: Park Security Confiscating a Stereo

Crashing the Party: Park security confiscating a stereo

Placing the confiscated stereo in the trunk

Placing the confiscated stereo in the trunk

Well at least they were permitting some culturally stimulating music in the grounds of the stadium… even if they couldn’t play outside in private picnics…

The band plays on inside the grounds of the US Open

The band plays on inside the grounds of the US Open

Girls play in an empty fountain in Flushing Meadows

Girls play in an empty fountain in Flushing Meadows

Despite the lack of upkeep and funding the park exhibits, it isn’t a complete wasteland. Many people manage to make good use of the debilitated park facilities, such as the picture above, providing a functioning example of how the city could restore and re-use the crippled structures.

Below- the monumentally attractive Arthur Ashe stadium before the match… Nadia Petrova vs Melanie Oudin and her pink and yellow shoes.

Arthur Ashe before the match

Arthur Ashe before the match

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