Manhattan East River Bridges 19.4-Mile Loop

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Take a ride across four majestic East River bridges that connect Brooklyn and Queens with Manhattan.

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges

We’ll start our 19.4-mile ride at 9 am from the Battery Park Ferry Terminal, at the bottom of Manhattan. That will get us to the end of our four-bridge tour in time for a lunch stop at South Street Seaport.

New York City Hall ParkThe ride kicks off with a short pedal up the Hudson River Greenway to the North Cove Yacht Harbor in Battery Park City. We’ll have great views of the new Freedom Tower and the Winter Garden Atrium. Then we’ll cross Manhattan on Warren Street to City Hall before beginning our ride across the Brooklyn Bridge.

From the Brooklyn Bridge we’ll have fantastic views of South Street Seaport and the Wall Street area to the south and the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges to the north. Once back on the ground we’ll make a few short turns through Brooklyn’s DUMBO area (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) before beginning our assent of the Manhattan Bridge. Now we get a great view of the historic Brooklyn Bridge to the south and a closer view of the Williamsburg Bridge to the north.

Williamsburg Bridge Bike LanesWe’ll land back in Manhattan on Canal Street, on the borderline of Chinatown and Little Italy. After a few more turns through Manhattan’s lower east side we’ll reach Delancey Street and start our way across the bike-friendly Williamsburg Bridge. From the steel cantilever structure of the Williamsburg Bridge we’ll have our first view of the Queensboro Bridge to the north and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the south.

We’ll land in Williamsburg, Brooklyn… the start of a three mile pedal that will take us through the ethnically rich Bushwick and Greenpoint sections. Then we’ll cross over the Maspeth Creek and Long Island Expressway into Queens on the smaller Pulaski Bridge. After another 1.5-mile ride we’ll arrive at Queens Boulevard and can begin our climb of the Queensboro Bridge.

The Queensboro Bridge,with its five spans, is the longest of the four East River bridges we’ll cross. That’s because it crosses the residential area of Roosevelt Island before arriving in Manhattan. The official name of the bridge, as of 2010, is the Ed Koch Bridge. The bridge is also known as the 59th Street Bridge, the name shared by the famous Simon and Garfunkel tune (a.k.a. Feelin’ Groovy).

Queensboro BridgeFrom the steel cantilever structure of the Queensboro bridge we’ll have a view of Roosevelt Island, the Triborough Bridge, and the Hell Gate Bridge to the north. We’ll look south to see the United Nations and southwest at the spectacular skyline of midtown Manhattan. We’ll land in Manhattan on 60th Street, the bottom edge of the exclusive upper east side. From there we’ll find our way to 2nd Avenue where we’ll head south to 34th street.

The rest of our southbound ride will be on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, where we’ll have spectacular views as we pass back under three of the four East River bridges.

South Street Seaport

We’ll take our lunch break at South Street Seaport before riding the last mile back to Battery Park.

The whole ride, with stoppage time, should be about 3-1/2 hours. It’s well suited for road, hybrid, or mountain bikes. Most of the ride will be flat, but there will be four significant climbs (each with at least a 150 foot vertical rise). That means this is probably not a good ride for first-time riders. That said, the bridge climbs are gradual but long, so even with a little bit of experience, novice riders will be fine with the bridge climbs.

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