A Citi Bike Guide to Exploring NYC

By: Alexa Gavin

Summer in New York City usually means a mass exodus of locals fleeing to the Hamptons or Jersey Shore on the weekends. However, summer in the city is one of the most magical times to be here. Trader Joe’s becomes somewhat manageable and the sunsets are so beautiful that even Lady Liberty would Instagram it if she could. Below, I’ve created a Citi Bike staycation guide to help make the most of your summer in the city. All of the following are day trips that can be done right here in the city using just a Citi Bike!

“The Lower Loop” Ride

Make your way to the Lower East Side, today your day starts off at the Tenement Museum. This museum is great to learn more about the history of the Lower East Side and New York City.  You can take a guided tour of apartments that were recreated to show the lives of immigrants from the 19th and 20th centuries. After your visit, walk the view blocks north to Economy Candy on Rivington Street. This is a true Lower East Side gem that has been around since 1937. Every candy you could imagine is sold in this shop.  After you have purchased enough candy to last until the release of the next Game of Thrones book, hop on a bike at Ridge Street and Rivington Street and make your way to the East River. Ride along the bike path to Battery Park and drop the bike off at the Little West Street station. Head over to the Pier A Harbor House and enjoy a refreshing drink and lunch on the water. After lunch either hop on a bike or walk up to the World Trade Center Observatory. Take a moment and enjoy the views. If you’re hungry, head west and hit up one of NYC’s proudest haunts, Shake Shack. After your Shackburger, head west to the Hudson River. Take a seat and watch the sunset as you munch on your candy from Economy Candy.

 Photo courtesy of Metro

Photo courtesy of Metro

“The No Diggity” – East Side to the West Side Ride

Start your morning at the Guggenheim museum and check out the great works of Cezanne and Chagall. After you feel sufficiently cultured, hop on your Citi Bike at 88th and 5th and head downtown to the station at 78th and 5th. Make your way down towards Belvedere Castle, a romantic and instagrammable gem nestled in the park. If natural history is your thing, the castle features a large collection of artifacts. By now you will be feeling sufficiently hungry, so head west and hop on the closest bike at Central Park West and 76th street. Head towards the 79th Street Boat Basin to enjoy a relaxing lunch on the water. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, then you will be needing an afternoon pick me up from Levain Bakery. Walk over to the bakery and grab some of the best cookies in New York City. Take your treats back to the park and find a prime bench to people watch and snack.

The BK Waterside Ride

Today’s staycation guide starts off in Greenpoint. Take the ferry from 34th Street or the Financial District and take in the gorgeous skyline as you ride across the East River. After you disembark, walk a few blocks to Ovenly, a delicious bakery, to fuel up for the day. Grab a Citi Bike at Milton and Franklin and begin to head south. Your next stop today will be either the William Vale Hotel or Brooklyn Bowl. You can either post up at the pool (reservations need to be made in advance) or head over to Brooklyn Bowl if a scene-y hotel pool isn’t your thing. After working on your tan or bowling skills, continue making your way south to Loosie’s Kitchen. Enjoy a nice and delicious lunch in Loosie’s backyard seating. After lunch, grab a bike and head towards DUMBO. Relax in the park, grab an ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and take it all in. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, grab a drink at the 1 Rooftop, conveniently located at the 1 Hotel.

 Photo courtesy of Alexa Gavin

Photo courtesy of Alexa Gavin

Prospect Park Power Ride

Today, head to Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park. Unfortunately, there aren’t many citibikes near the park so today’s staycation will have a bit more walking than usual. Start your morning at either the Prospect Park Zoo or the Brooklyn Museum depending on what you’re in the mood for! Afterwards, make your way west and hop on the closest Citi Bike. Next up on the itinerary is Red Hook. After your ride over, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Drop your bike at Reed Street and grab a bite at Brooklyn Crab. Once you feel perfectly satiated, walk over a few blocks to Red Hook Winery. Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a trip next door to Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. Take your pie to the park and watch the brave souls on the Ikea Ferry drive by.

 Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Crab

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Crab

Alexa is a Long Island native with a passion for all things spaghetti. A Fordham University Alum (soon to be twice over!), she studied marketing as an undergraduate and is currently working towards her MBA. Upon graduation, she dabbled in the fashion industry by working in e-commerce at Estee Lauder and then at Lucky Magazine. Currently, Alexa is co-founder and director for SPACE38, a revolving retail storefront that works with brands to deliver awareness and analytical insight via the pop-up storytelling experience. When she’s not eating spaghetti you can find her running along the East River, petting stranger’s dogs and planning her next beach vacation. You can follow Alexa on Instagram at @al_gavin or @spaghetti.monsters.

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