On The Map, a nice, clean green line appears (sometimes -- we get a bike lane view on an Android phone, but not on an Android tablet or Windows PC.). The green line shows a bike path along the tip of Manhattan, through Battery Park to the Hudson Esplanade and West St bike path or the East River Esplanade.
Reconstruction of Pier 1 is the culprit and Sharers attempting to follow the green line get bottlenecked with the Statue of Liberty crowd. Then a blocks long-portage is the only way out.
So here's how to get from here to there and back again.
Northwestbound (black line)
- Start at the Old Slip & Front St station
- Head northwest on Old Slip, which becomes Williams St
- Left off Williams onto Pine St
- 1 block, right onto Nassau St
- 1 block, left onto Cedar St
- Take Cedar across Broadway and down the slope.
- The second block is pedx only, but bikes are OK. At end of block you will have to cross crowd line for the 911 memorial.
- You have no choice but to make a left onto Greenwich St.
- At tiny Carlisle St, where there's a boxing gym on the corner, make a right.
- Carlisle ends at West St. Make right and manuever to outside of taxi stand.
- Cross West at Albany St.
- Albany to South End Ave. Make right and you're on the bike lane.
Southeastbound (red line)
- From South End Ave, make left onto Albany.
- Cross West St (somebody had a lot of nerve naming this expressway a "street."), stay on Albany to its end at Greenwich. Make a right.
- Left onto little Edgar St. for one block and left again onto Trinity Pl
- In a half-block turn right onto Exchange Alley.
- Exchange will take you across the heavily seruitized Wall St district. Depending on crowds or cops you may have to dismount once or twice.
- Exchange ends at Hanover St. Make right
- Left onto Pearl St.
- Right onto Old Slip.