Upper Manhattan Bike Tour

Bike the upper reaches of Manhattan to learn about the recreational resources, historic landmarks, and vistas from the highlands. Ride ends at a waterfront cafe (La Marina).

Manhattan does not end at 96th Street! Using a number of bike routes, the ride series will show you the wonders of highland Manhattan in Harlem, Manhattanville, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and Inwood. Ride home on the West Side or East Side Greenway or the A train. This ride is part of a series that will acquaint you with the recreational, historic, natural, and cultural resources of Manhattan ‘s highlands. Each ride will attempt to highlight environmental, land use, development and preservation issues referencing particular localities. Every ride will present a different itinerary in order to explore different sites.

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