Thursday, May 29, 2014

We get you river to river through the Financial District

So you’re cruisin’ along the East River and you think, this is so fine, I’ll round the Battery and ride the Hudson.  Except there’s no rounding the Battery.
That dot dot dot you see on the 2014 DOT Bicycle Map means “potential bike path” and it will stay “potential” until Pier A reopens. No one seems to know when that will be.
Meanwhile the combination of visitors, tour and commuter buses demands that you walk your bike along the dot dot dot. for several unpleasant blocks.
But don’t fret, river riders. There is a way. We road-tested the routes again this past weekend.

East River to Hudson River (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.

Hudson River to East River (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 Pl. will take you across the heavily securitzed Wall St. Depending on crowds or cops you may have to dismount once or twice.
  • Exchange Pl. ends at Hanover St. Make right
  • Left onto Pearl St.
  • Right onto Old Slip.
  • Voila!

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