“So you just moved to New York, eh? Got a shiny new Kick Scooter and you feel like a big shot?! EH?!! Let me tell you, you don’t know nothin’ tough guy.”
One thing I’ve learned, the longer you’ve lived in New York, the more you enjoy telling foreigners about how little they know about the city. The old timers like nothing more than to give you directions, tell you the fastest subway route, the best bagel shop in the area, what USED to be the best bagel shop, you know, in the days when people baked their own bread, kept their nose to the grind stone, employed carrier pigeons, and used abacuses to keep track of their CD’s.
So tell me Mr big stuff, where you gon’ ride that fancy kick scooter, you just bought. The HUDSON bike path? Yeah, everyone and their mother knows about the Hudson bike path.
Here’s 3 riverside rides that you’d never know about if you weren’t a local:
1. Carl Schultz park, East river promenade and Randall’s Island
Most NYC bikers and Kick Scooter riders have ridden the Hudson bike path and probably have also explored the stretch of the East River Promenade which runs south from 37th street, but not as many people have explored the east river north of 80th.
Enter Carl Schultz park with your Kick Scooter at east end ave between 86th and 87th, follow a winding path that cuts west to east through the park, and you’ll find yourself right on the river, with a quaint cobblestone path running left and right. The cobble stones are fairly large and close together so a Kick Scooter with large rubber wheels like the KickPed Scooter would roll right over them.
At 103rd street, you can cross a pedestrian path, and enter Randall’s island, where beautiful bike paths criss-cross amidst beautiful architecture, wetlands, and river vistas.
2. Riverside State Park.
Take your kick scooter follow the Hudson river bike path north, eventually you’ll pass by Fairway Market at 130th street, probably even stop in to sample their prodigious apple selection, or purchase a $3 rotisserie chicken or three. Continue on up and eventually you’ll end up at the little red light house that lies just below the George W. bridge, one of New York’s most beautiful and coveted sights.
What tourists and even most New Yorkers don’t know is that around 138th street, the Hudson bike path passes under a beautiful state park which lies on the top of a parking garage. Positioned 3 stories above the city below, this park has an Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis courts, a baseball field, a full sized football field, Gym, skating rink, and gorgeous eagle eye views of the Hudson river and the George Washington bridge on the northern horizon. A perfect and relatively secluded place to ride your kick scooter on a beautiful fall day and take in the sights. To enter the park you’d ride your kick scooter over to riverside drive and across the pedestrian bridge at 138th.
3. Underneath the Queensboro Bridge
At 96th street and east end, there is a stair case which leads right onto one of the most beautiful sections of the East river promenade which runs all the way down to the Queensboro bridge. You rarely see kick scooters along this path, and I have no idea why because it is so beautiful.
Wheel your City Kicker, KickPed, or other kick scooter of choice right along the water, look over at Roosevelt Island on your left across the river, stop at one of the many benches along the water and take in the view. At the end of the path lies the bridge, and beneath it, a lookout point right on the water, where local joggers and bikers are wont to stop and stretch and take a breath in the midst of their busy day.
These are some of my favorite spots in in the city, so as the fall comes on, as the languid humid days of august give way to a bright and crisp Indian summer, throw away that old tired map of the Hudson river, get out your kick scooter - it’s time to break some new ground.