Archive for July, 2011

July 30, 2011

NYC Cycle Routes: City to Piermont via 9W or HHD


Another route I often enjoyed in my NYC days was from home to Piermont. One can go via 9W or Henry Hudson Drive (HHD), and I’ve mapped both for you with the HHD bit in purple.  
In the city, I tended to use Riverside Drive, rather than the greenways to get to the GWB because it was faster and I don’t always have enough fear for my own good. (I took the Manhattan Bridge with the cars once on my bike. I can assure you this was not wise.) Taking Riverside Drive is totally OK, though. I wouldn’t suggest anything intense on here.

Anyway, as before: look at the underlying googlemap, as I’ve left notes on the markers to help.

Any suggestions/ amendments, let me know!

 

July 18, 2011

NYC Cycle Routes: My Brooklyn Route


This is a pretty fun route that I’ve shared with a number of people, and I’ve finally gotten around to mapping it. I plan to map out a few more in the coming weeks, as else, I might start forgetting them. (I left New York in December 2007)

I think this is a ride best done in the early morning, as then you avoid, the heat (if summer), traffic, and hoardes of tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge who don’t understand that they belong on the side of the bridge that doesn’t have a picture of a person with wheels on it. Also, the Ocean Parkway bit has quite a few synagogues, so you may want to avoid timing your rides for temple time, as the service roads have a lot more cars then.

Do look at the underlying googlemap, as I’ve left notes on the markers to help.

Any suggestions/ additions are welcome, just let me know!

July 4, 2011

Walking in Search of US Presidents in London


In honor of Independence Day, Darren suggested we go on a walk around London in search of statues of former American Presidents.

Thus, off we went! (The map includes our route and markers for each statue.)


 

We kicked off the walk at Great Portland Street tube stop, right next to Regent’s Park and a statue of JFK. This Statue was funded by Sunday Telegraph readers, each allowed to donate no more than £1. The statue cost £50,000.

JFK at Regent's Park

From JFK, we headed South into Mayfair to the US Embassy and Grosvenor Square, which is really the Powerball of presidential statue spotting in London. The Square is home to three of them: FDR, Eisenhower, and as of today, Reagan.

FDR in Grosvenor Square

Ike in Grosvenor Square

Reagan in Grosvenor Square

We then headed back to Bond Street to visit FDR & Churchill.

Churchill & FDR on Bond Street

Walking South through Green Park and through Victoria, we found  Lincoln, across from Westminster Abbey.

Lincoln near Parliament

Wrapping it up, we visited Washington, a gift from the Commonwealth of Virginia,  in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Washington at the National Gallery