New York Bicycle Rentals and Tours

By Kirsten McCroskrie

Did you know New York City has more than 800 miles of bike routes?

They are divided into three categories:

Bike Paths: on-street bike paths are protected from vehicular traffic by parked cars or physical barriers. Off-street bike paths exist along much of the City’s waterfront and in many parks – Perfect for visitors and families.

Bike Lanes: bike lanes are painted onto the road usually next to the parking lane, and are marked with bike symbols.

Shared Lanes: used by cyclists and motorists, placed just far enough from the curb to help you avoid opening car doors.

You can explore NYC by bike with your New York Pass

Riding a bike in NYC has never been easier, it’s a great and healthy idea for a day out. New York Pass holders get up to 4hours of free bike rental, with locations available across Manhattan, alternatively, Pass holders can join a Bicycle Tour of Central Park or Brooklyn Bridge – All free with New York Pass.

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours

Explore bike-friendly New York City on a scenic and historic bike ride!

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours and Rentals

The New York Pass grants you a FREE 2-hour guided bike tour of Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Bridge Park and waterfront, or a FREE 3-hour bike rental anytime during business hours

Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours

See more of Central Park with New York City’s premier local bike rental provider Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours (aka Bike Rent NYC).

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals

Experience the full grandeur of Central Park from a cyclist’s perspective.

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The Best Things to do in Greenwich Village

Certain parts of New York are simply iconic, from Central Park to Lincoln Center. To that list you’d have to add Greenwich Village, home of beat poets, cool jazz, and, lately, good restaurants and shopping. Here are some of the best things to do in Greenwich Village. Washington Square Arch Washington Square Park, not surprisingly, is named for George Washington— he was actually inaugurated in New York as the country’s first president. The original arch was made of wood and designed to commemorate the inauguration. The marble one that stands there now was designed by the notable architect Stanford White. You can see statues of Washington and other noted leaders throughout the park, as well as performers, chess players, dog walkers. Even protesters. It’s an essential historic stop on any tour. “Friends” apartment Whether you’re obsessed with Friends (the show, not your actual ones) you have to admit that the apartment in the series is pretty iconic. The apartment - at least the exterior - is real, and you can stop by and take a few pics for posterity. It’s located at 90 Bedford Street on the corner of Grove. There’s also a great restaurant called Little Owl on the ground floor. Take your photos, find a fountain to jump in, go have a coffee, and your Friends experience will be complete. Macdougal Street Once known for being the epicenter of cool - Bob Dylan played his first gig there; Hemingway drank there; and numerous other luminaries lived, worked, or hung out there - Macdougal Street is another one in the Village that has seen an urban renaissance. Go stroll it for its history, as well as its places to eat. For starters, the once-legendary Caffe Dante is now simply Dante, and has rebranded itself as a bar/restaurant that’s known for being a great date spot. Stop by Café Wha? where Jimi Hendrix and Dylan used to play, and grab a drink and some oysters at the Mermaid Oyster Bar. But mostly, just go soak up the vibes. [caption id="attachment_3429" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Photo courtesy of Cafe Wha?[/caption] Stonewall Inn The site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement, the Stonewall Inn is a bar, entertainment space, and historic landmark all in one. It’s in the heart of Greenwich Village, on Christopher Street, and is a vital part of the history of the Pride movement. It’s also the first LGBT-history site in the country listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the first LGBT-history site in New York City. Go have a drink, buy a t-shirt, listen to some music, maybe play some drag bingo and be a part of the history. [caption id="attachment_3431" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Photo courtesy of The Stonewall Inn[/caption] IFC Center There are movie theaters, and then there’s the IFC Center, the premiere home of independent cinema in New York. Go not just to impress your friends by knowing that the latest New Wave film is playing here, but for a quintessential New York experience. It has five theaters, plenty of premieres of independent, documentary and foreign films, and a documentary festival every fall. Plus cult and classic movies on weekends. The ultimate NYC film experience, and a classic Greenwich Village one to boot. And if all this New York history has given you a hankering for more, while you're downtown, go check out Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. [caption id="attachment_3408" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Photo credit: IFC Center[/caption] Blue Note There are jazz clubs, and then there’s the Blue Note. If the name is familiar, they have branches around the globe, and it's hosted just about every jazz great. Opened in 1981, it’s now one of the premiere jazz clubs in the city. You’ll see headliners like Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner as well as legends like Stevie Wonder and Liza Minelli. But you’ll also get to see up and coming jazz musicians. If you like jazz- or just want to experience a piece of New York nightlife history- check this one out. [caption id="attachment_3425" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Photo credit: The Blue Note[/caption] Bleeker Street Once the center of a kind of urban hippie chic, Bleeker Street fell into disrepair, boasting empty storefronts and a desolate feel. But it's bounced back, and is now home to lots of chic stores and restaurants—definitely worth a visit. Visit vegan darling By Chloe, beloved by celebrities. And it's kosher, to boot. Also worth checking out: Bessou, which offers modern Japanese comfort food--yes, that’s a thing. The Porto Rico Importing Co. has been in business since 1907, and is a must-stop for tea and coffee lovers. Coffee is roasted daily; you’ll find some teas you won’t find anywhere else.) And The Village Tannery has been offering up its leather goods since 1973—it’s even open at night. Now you feel like you’re in the Village. [caption id="attachment_3442" align="alignnone" width="480"] Photo credit: Porto Rico Importing Co.[/caption] Spending New Year’s in New York? Here are some ways to make the most of it.
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Things to Do in Lower Manhattan and Downtown NYC

Looking for things to do in Lower Manhattan? The lower portion of New York City is one of the busiest places in the world; so naturally, there are a ton of fun things to do. Lower Manhattan is defined as everything south of 14th Street toward the New York Harbor (also referred to as “Downtown”). Downtown Manhattan is known for its presence of government infrastructure and lots of businesses. From waterfront Battery Park to cruises and museums, Lower Manhattan offers visitors a diverse assortment of activities that you can’t find elsewhere in the city. Waterfront/The Battery The Battery, formerly known as Battery Park, is an excellent area to relax and enjoy the waterfront, as well as numerous water-based activities like harbor cruises. A historic park in itself, named after the artillery batteries that were stationed there in the early years to protect the city, a visit to the park is a great way to soak up a little bit of early-NYC history. In addition to The Battery's proximity to the harbor, it’s a popular spot for New York natives to work out, attend seasonal public entertainment events, or enjoy a take-away meal al fresco. Cruises in Downtown Manhattan If you’re looking to cruise in historic fashion, Manhattan By Sail offers the Clipper City Tall Ship Cruise and the Shearwater Classic Schooner; both are notable cruise ships that have stood the test of time and provide beautiful views of NYC. The Clipper City Tall Ship was originally a cargo ship that was first used in Wisconsin just before the Civil War. As for the Shearwater Classic Schooner, the ship was first launched in 1929 and was officially deemed a National Landmark in 2009. Battery Park is also where you can hope on the Statue Cruises ferry which takes visitors to and from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The iconic statue is widely recognized as a symbol of hope in New York, the United States, and beyond and attracts visitors from around the world. After visiting Lady Liberty, you head to Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum to learn all about the history of immigration in the US. Walking Tours in Downtown Manhattan With so much history in Lower Manhattan, the area is a great venue for guided walking tours, like the Secrets of Downtown Tour, NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour, and the NYC Gospel Walking Tour. Discover interesting little-known facts about Downtown on the Secrets of Downtown – Tour Lower Manhattan. It’s a great way to get familiar with the area’s history and learn about other fun things to do in Downtown Manhattan. If you’re interested in the role NYC has played in finance, find out everything there is to know on the Wall Street Walks Tour which explores the Financial District and the history of the United States’ financial institutions and some of its most influential players, like Alexander Hamilton. Museums in Downtown Manhattan Continue your financial exploration at the Museum of American Finance, which incorporates high-tech interactive media displays, before checking out some of Downtown Manhattan’s other museums. One of the most popular NYC attractions, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is located Downtown in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The museum features gorgeous waterfalls honoring the September 11th attack victims. Inside, you can find artifacts from September 11, such as fire trucks that were on the scene, pieces of the original building, and more. If you’re interested in New York City’s impressive skyline and architecture, head to The Skyscraper Museum. The museum even includes a detailed model of Manhattan with all of the borough’s buildings on display.
Kirsten McCroskrie

New Year In New York: What's On In 2019?

When Christmas has come and gone, there's only one thing left to look forward to. Boxing day. The day people all over the world lace up your boxing gloves, and fights their families for Christmas dinner leftovers. But wait, don't do that. Take the gloves off, because we're nearly in 2020. And you know what that means? New Year's Eve, the last and possibly biggest event of your year, is on its way. Whether you're visiting New York, or call the city home, you might be wondering what to do? Well, lucky for you, we've compiled an elite list of only the best New Year's entertainment that NYC has to offer. So prepare for the new year in New York, with the best New Year's Eve events in 2019. You're most welcome. Featuring... Times Square NYRR Midnight Run Prospect Park Fireworks Times Square NYE Ball Drop Times Square If you want something traditional, family-friendly, and with plenty of photo opportunities, Times Square is just the place. Famed for the ball drop that sees in the New Year, it's the place to be in NYC. It's popular. Real popular. Hundreds of thousands of people popular. It's so popular that the line to get in starts 12 hours earlier, at noon. So if you want in, you need to be dedicated. Plus, you know, New York is pretty cold in the winter. So wrap up warm. If you go to the toilet, or leave for any other reason, you'll likely lose your spot. If you do keep your place, and stay warm, you'll be in for a treat. Singing, dancing, live performances, and the aforementioned ball drop all await. Bear in mind that there's a no-alcohol policy if you like a drink or two to ring in the new year. NYE Ball Drop party Assorted locations in and around Times Square For all you party animals who want to see the ball drop with a glass of champagne in hand. Well, thankfully you're covered too. As you'd expect, these parties aren't cheap, and tickets are pretty limited. But you get a lot of bang for your buck. Free bar, dinner, and the best view of the ball drop this side of the front row. Plus you're inside, so no worries about freezing in the late-December cold. And you'll likely have space to relax, eat, and a generous dancefloor to bust some moves on. If your stuck with your little ones, or actually want them to accompany you, you're in luck. Children are usually welcome too. However, no one under 21 can have a drink. It might be New Year, but you still have to play by the rules! Book ASAP to make sure you get a place. Go Clubbing Assorted clubs around NYC Yes, we all like to dance every so often. How else does one express oneself? Thankfully, New York is teeming with clubs of all shapes and sizes that open until the early hours. And on NYE, it's no different. You've got popular clubs like Marquee and 1 Oak, as well as more paired back options such as Le Bain, PHD, and Output. Whatever your dress code, music taste, or preferred scene, there's sure to be a New York club that fits the bill. Just be aware, lots of these places will have hefty entry fees, or will be sold out weeks or even months in advance. Do your research. The last thing you want to see in the new decade is to spend ages getting to a club only to find out they're fully booked. With any luck, and a fair bit of forward-planning, you'll get your dancing shoes on this new year's, and tear up that dancefloor like nobody's business. Who's the dancing queen? You are. You are. Prospect Park Fireworks Prospect Park If you're looking for some New Years' fun that won't break the bank, head over to Prospect Park and check out their New Years' fireworks. It's completely free to get in, and there's some quality live entertainment to kick off proceeding at 10:30pm. Grab a hot chocolate to keep warm, and see in the new year the way nature intended - surrounded by trees! This is Prospect Park's 40th year of fireworks, and attendees will be joining thousands of New Yorkers who make it out every year. Kids are welcome too, of course. Just make sure they're wearing multiple scarves. NYRR Midnight Run Central Park Planning on making a New Years' resolution come January? Planning on getting into shape? Well, what better way to start the year, and keep your resolution, with the NYRR Midnight Run? Simply swap your suits and shoes for joggers and sneakers. As the bell tolls midnight, hundreds of runners set off on the 4-mile course. Starting near Bethesda Terrace, runners will complete a circuit that takes them through Engineers' Gate, past the Reservoir, and all the way back around. A magnificent fireworks display awaits everyone at the finishing line, and you can help yourself to a sparkling cider at the halfway mark. Clearly, it's not a run that takes itself too seriously. But that's exactly what you want after a week of Christmas gorging. About as exhilarating a new year in New York you can imagine! Whatever you do, you're sure to enjoy your New Year in New York! Oh, and if you're feeling hungry before the celebrations get underway, or you're feeling famished once the night is through, go grab a burger at some of the best joints around. And if you're from out of town and staying for a few days...'ll want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple. As you can imagine, there's a huge amount to do and see. It's the city that never sleeps, after all. You'll want to start with all the iconic buildings and locations in the city. Head up to the Empire State Building's Observatory for the best views overlooking the city. Take a trip over to Liberty Island and visit Lady Liberty herself. Take a bus tour of New York's inner landmarks. Or take the seas and get a different perspective of the city. And, if you want a little culture, then check out these unmissable exhibitions. If you're unsure about how to get about the city (it's pretty big), check out our handy beginner's guide to the subway, and all you need to know about hailing a cab too.
Dom Bewley

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