Staying physically and mentally fit is the young person’s holy grail, but there’s simply no one right way to do it. In our Body Conscious series, we’ll explore how some people protect their minds and bodies. Today, we map out a sweet big-city bike ride.
Last year, I bought a bike and everything changed. Feeling the wind blow through my hair and knowing I was getting an awesome workout while staying cool made me ditch my gym shoes for some sweet spandex and hit the open road. Good news: You can too.
A great long-ish haul ride to start with is a circuit around the bottom of Manhattan, beginning at East River Park and winding around west to catch the sunset. The East River Greenway is a bike path that runs down the east side of Manhattan. It bypasses ball fields, tennis courts and a running track before presenting bikers with an exceptional view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. If your bike has seen some neglect, don’t be afraid to stop at Landmark Vintage Bikes on E. 3rd St. The shop, open seven days a week, offers everything from classic Brooks leather products to snow globe bike bells.
Once you’ve given your bike some TLC, hope back on the trail and take it all the way to its end at the South Street Seaport, close to the southeastern tip of New York.
At the end of the Greenway, cut inland toward Stone Street. Nestled in the heart of the Financial District, the historic cobblestone street is lined with restaurants and bars that offer seating right in the middle of the alley. Snack on fresh lobster or killer caprese salads at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar. It’s an especially fun stop on the weekends, when the Wall Street clique migrates to the Hamptons.