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Secret Streets
Tour Location
Country:
USA
From:
A few blocks from Union Square, Manhattan
To:
A few blocks from Union Square, Manhattan
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
7 hours
Terrain:
Road Bike suitable only
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 95
Tour Distance & Dates
Month(s):
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departure:
Tuesdays 10.15am-5pm
Tour Operator:
Bike the Big Apple

Secret Streets

From High Finance to Hidden Chinatown

7 Hours Deal

Get ready for a tour that has you smack in the middle of New York City’s action. First, we head past Union Square, the place of every protest, from basic to bizarre. Next, we’re in Greenwich Village at the Stonewall Inn, symbol of the Gay Liberation movement. From “the Village,” we ride along the Hudson River Greenway to Wall Street, where we are caught up in the frantic pace of high finance. Bankers rub shoulders with bike messengers, and brokers down their lunch as fast as the fluctuation of the stock market. Then to Ground Zero, to experience that tragic day and the agonizing months that followed. In typical New York fashion, the city has bounced back. The new Number 7 World Trade Center, with its amazing streaming video, captures this sense of optimism.

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll learn the story of this architectural wonder. Once in Brooklyn we’ll find tranquility, colorful life, spectacular views, and some amazing history of an underground railroad stop. We’ll discover how unique churches, a few tropical fruits, and a fabulous hotel made Brooklyn Heights one of New York’s gems.
If the Brooklyn Bridge is New York’s heart, the Manhattan Bridge is its pulse, which we ride over into busy Chinatown. On one street secret meetings were held to overthrow the dynasties of China. On another, an alley leads to the site of one of New York’s strangest gang fights. Dim Sum cafes, street signs stacked one behind the other, and Chinese funeral parlors-they’re all there.

Our final stop has us coming face to face with our ever changing city. Here we ride through a thin strip of territory that was once a very big "Little Italy." As waiters serving pasta and saltimbocca from open air cafes pause to salute us, we realize that only one floor above, other residents are burning incense and setting fruits aside as offerings to Buddha.

Our return to the bike shop allows us time to reflect and realize something very special. Wow, we’ve just conquered the Big Apple!

Lower Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn Heights Promenade - Another Secret Revealed!
Inclusions
Bike & helmet
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