Watching the Water Fall, by Bike

Next Thursday, artist Olaf Eliasson’s much-anticipated "New York City Waterfalls" installation will debut along the East River. The project, as elegantly described in this week’s New Yorker, "features four tall, widely separated, openwork steel towers housing
powerful pumps that will pull river water up to a high basin and send
it cascading down again, continuously, from seven in the morning until
ten at night, through mid-October."

There will be one waterfall each near the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, one off the Brooklyn Heights promenade, and one off Governors Island. If you want to see all four by bike, DOT has you covered with its "Bike the Falls" guide, featuring a map to viewing points along with written directions to lanes and paths along the route. Road markings will also be in place. Check it out.

  • This is a great idea. I have urged for some time that the City should be promoting bike tourism. There should be a comparable map/flyer published in various languages with proposed self-guided bike tours of Central Park and nearby attractions. If it included some info on the formal and informal “rules of the loop,” it would help the tourists get along better with the locals.

  • Clarence

    This is so cool it is off the charts!

    I plan to ride it. Anyone know if there will be an official ride? If so I am game to document it.

  • Jessica

    Saw the water fall icon painted on the ground at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge bike path this morning!

  • Some exciting happenings in NY this summer! This is great

  • galvo

    i second Clarence motion for a group ride !

  • Hi Clarence,

    The Five Borough Bicycle Club is doing a group ride to see the Waterfalls at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. I’d contact them for more info.

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