• High Bridge over the Harlem: An Art History Walk (5.5 miles)

    GW Bridge Bus Terminal

    Let’s shorewallk with an artist’s eye on the scenery!

    \*\*NOTE\*\* This is a repeat of the same walk held Nov 2021.

    The High Bridge, Harlem River, and the surrounding area have inspired artists over the years. On this moderate-paced, guided walk, we will compare what we see today to how artists captured the places in the past.

    START: Arrive by 10am to use restroom. Walk begins at 10:15am, prompt.

    END: About 2:30pm'ish, approximate

    MEETING LOCATION: George Washington Bridge bus terminal, seating area on top floor. Fort Washington Ave between 178th & 179th Streets in upper Manhattan.

    DIRECTIONS: Take A train to 175th, exit platform toward uptown end, walk past the token booth, proceed up a set of stairs that leads to a pedestrian tunnel. The tunnel goes directly into the bus terminal. When at bus terminal, go up escalators/stairs to top-floor seating area. There are restrooms on the top floor.

    END LOCATION: Same as meeting location.

    DISTANCE: 5.5 miles approx.

    PACE: Moderate walking pace. This is NOT a fast-paced hike, though walkers should be able to keep up with group and be comfortable with hills and stairs. This is a guided walk.

    TERRAIN: City sidewalks and paved park paths, with a short stretch on dirt path. We will walk across the High Bridge. Route includes hills and stairs.

    BATHROOMS are at meeting location, at 3.5 mile mark, and at end location.

    BRING your own water/snack as we will not stop for purchases.

    WEATHER POLICY: It can be windy on the High Bridge, where we will be spending time. A wind-breaking layer is recommended. In case of iffy weather, hike leader will post a comment on this page by 8am on day of hike. As always, check the forecast and dress for the weather.

    CONTACT: If you have questions not covered in this description, text[masked]- 1536 (text only, no calls, please). Hike leader does not check or respond to messages once walk is underway.

    "Art is nothing but having a good time." \~ RIchard Hayley Lever, who painted the High Bridge over the Harlem River, ca 1913.

  • Early Spring in Central Park - Brisk Pace 8+ miles

    Maine Monument

    Postponing due to rain & illness.

    We'll keep a quick pace, about 3 mph. We'll walk a counter-clockwise loop, at a brisk pace, going through favorite locations (east on 59th street w/ monuments, The Pond, Gapstow Bridge, The Dairy, Baltow, uptown on the east side, brief bathroom stop at Conservatory Garden, North Woods, The Ramble, Bethesda Terrace. Returning to Columbus Circle. Please dress for cold weather. Bring water. If you arrive early, Deutsche Bank Center (formerly Time Warner Center is warm and has bathrooms. 10:45-meet outside at the Maine Memorial; 11:00-depart. mobile:[masked]

  • Hudson River Walk in Spring

    Chelsea Piers

    Approximately 6 miles, 3-4 hours, pace: 2.5 - 3 mph

    We meet at 10AM at Chelsea Piers (23rd St), right outside of the restrooms on the north side of the piers. Take the A/C/E, 1 or F train to 23rd Street and head west towards the Hudson River. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the start depending on which train you are taking.

    We proceed north along the Hudson River into Riverside Park. We will take a 10-minute break in Riverside Park at 70th Street where there are restrooms. We will then continue on the Riverside Park path along Cherry Walk (100th -125th) to Riverbank State Park at 138th Street. There are restrooms at the Riverbank facility. We'll enjoy the amazing views of the Hudson River and have lunch on the benches or grassy area.

    From there, you can take a bus from 145th street/Riverbank or walk west one block to pick up the #1 train.

    For those with extra energy, we will continue south on Riverside Drive to 72nd Street/Riverside Drive.

    Bring: Water and lunch. We'll have lunch at the end of our walk in Riverbank State Park.

    Leader: Paul Bienstock Tel[masked] or [masked]

  • Three Lakes, Three Parks in Queens

    Investors Bank

    8 mile, easy pace walk.

    Iconic Three Lakes, Three Parks in Queens walk from Forest Hills to downtown Flushing through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Botanical Garden, and Kissena Park. May be adjusted a bit for current conditions, but we can still provide exercise (about 8 miles), history, companionship.

    Meet: 9:45 am at Investors Bank on north side of Queens Boulevard. Take E,F,M or R to Continental/71st Avenue stop.

    Leader: Call Rachel Donner[masked]. Rain cancels. See you soon.

  • Jersey Side of the Hudson - Jersey City to Weekhawken

    Exchange Place PATH Station

    EXCHANGE PLACE STATION TO WEEHAWKEN, NJ. 7 Miles. Time: 4 to 5 hours.
    Walk at a moderate pace (some ups and downs) along the Jersey side of the Hudson River waterfront, taking in the scenic views from Exchange Place PATH station, Jersey City to Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Weehawken. Visit Burr–Hamilton dual site.

    **Meet** outside of Exchange Place PATH terminal at 11 A.M. (Take PATH train from World Trade Center and get off at first stop Exchange Place.) Bathrooms available at various locations near station. To return to NYC, take ferry at Port Imperial or light rail to PATH station in Hoboken or Jersey City.
    PATH fare: $2.75/Seniors $1.25 (must contact PATH to obtain senior Smartlink fare card). Ferry Fare $9.00/Seniors $8.25 Light rail fare $2.25/Seniors $1.10.

    **Bring** lunch and water.

    **Leader**: Ed Leibowitz. Please call[masked] or email [masked] to confirm walk status. Cellphone[masked] on day of walk only between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

    Rain on day of walk cancels. Joint walk with Outdoors Club.

  • Carl Schurz Park to Ferry Point Ferry

    Carl Schurz Park

    A 20 mile fast-paced walk along the East River through beautiful parks with great views followed by a relaxing ferry ride.

    While much of the walk is in parks about half of the walk is through the warehouse districts between the parks. There are a few drop off points along the way, buses that connect to the 6 train, the Soundview Ferry stop at Clason Point, and the Q44 bus at Lafayette Avenue outside Target near the end of the walk which connects to the 6, 2 and 5 trains.

    Google map of the walk: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=14tX17Og-PNVho7UoqZgzRDqUWO9MBhxg&usp=sharing

    Part 1: We will meet outside Carl Schurz Park at East 84th Street and East End Avenue, then walk north along the East River to the Wards Island Pedestrian Bridge at 103rd Street, then north along the Randall's Island shore, take a break at the Carl Ichan Stadium restrooms, walk under the railroad viaduct to the north end of Randall's Island, then across the pedestrian bridge into Port Morris in the Bronx.

    Part 2: Next, we'll walk through Port Morris, along Bruckner Boulevard to 149th Street, to Oak Point Avenue, where we can see North Brother Island, then to Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point, where we will have lunch. After lunch we walk to Hunts Point Landing park, then to a section of the South Bronx Greenway, then Hunts Point Riverside Park.

    Part 3: Then, we cross the Bronx River on the Bruckner Boulevard Bridge and pass a small deli for water and snacks and take a break at the Soundview Park restrooms, walk into the Harding Park neighborhood for the best views of the walk, follow the Shore Haven pathway to Clason Point Park and walk through Pugsley Creek Park and Castle Hill Park to Castle Point.

    Part 4: Finally, we walk north on Zerega Avenue, cross the Westchester Creek on the Unionport Bridge, go south on Brush Avenue to a rest stop at Target restrooms, then finally to Ferry Point Park and the ferry stop under the Whitestone Bridge.

    We will catch the 5:45 ferry; which reaches Carl Schurz Park at 6:03, East 34th Street at 6:17 and Wall Street/Pier 11 at 6:36. The ferry costs $2.75, there is a ticket machine at the pier but it might be easier to just download the NYC Ferry app from Apple or Google app stores to get your ticket. The ferry only stops at Ferry Pont every 1:15 hours, we probably cannot make the 4:30 ferry; here is the ferry schedule: https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/soundview/

    Lunch: Bring snacks, lunch and drink, we will pass a few stores good for snacks and beverages along the way. We will eat in Barretto Point Park which has restrooms and also an amphitheater with great views of the city to sit and eat lunch.

    Meet: 9:30 a.m. at East 84th Street and East End Avenue, at the entrance to Carl Schurz Park. Take the 4, 5, 6 or Q train to 86th Street and then walk east. I will be wearing an orange cap.

    Leader: Tom Bergen[masked] [masked]

  • Saunter Stretch #1

    Staten Island Ferry Terminal

    Walk the iconic, 32-mile Great Saunter around Manhattan Island over the course of 3 weekends. For Stretch #1, we walk 12 miles, 4.5 hours, from the tip of Manhattan up the Hudson River to 145th Street. Come join us for all or part of the walk - drop out points all along the way.

    We start at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and head north along the Hudson River through Battery Park into Hudson River Park for our first rest stop at Chelsea Piers (4 Mi). We’ll continue through Hudson River Park into Riverside Park South. Plan to have lunch around 1:30 in Riverside Park at 70th Street (7 Mi). Pack a lunch, restrooms are available.

    Continue on the Riverside Park path along Cherry Walk [masked]th) to Riverbank State Park at 138th Street. Walk ends at Broadway & 145th where you’ll find the 1 train.

    The full Great Saunter will be Saturday, May 7, 2022, information at [Great Saunter - Shorewalkers](https://shorewalkers.org/great-saunter/).

    MEET: 10:15 a.m. at Staten Island Ferry Terminal. 1 or R to South Ferry/Whitehall Street or the 4/5 to Bowling Green. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks & lunch.

    Leaders: Jim Williams[masked] (text) or email [masked]; Pam Cress[masked] (text)

  • Exploring Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn Bridge Park

    We’ll explore the Brooklyn Bridge Park after seeing an overview of the park from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. We’ll meet at 11 AM at the High Street stop for the A and C trains near the north end of Cadman Plaza West between Pineapple Walk and Middagh Streets in Brooklyn Heights. The bathrooms in Cadman Plaza are near the stop. The stop is a short walk from the Borough Hall stop for the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains and the Court Street stop for the R train.

    We’ll walk south along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade beginning at the ramp to the park at Middagh and Columbia Heights. Then we’ll enter the south end of the park near Atlantic Avenue by Pier 6 and conclude at the north end of the park by York and John Streets in Dumbo. Along the way we’ll explore Piers 1 to 6 and cross under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The walk will end at an F train stop by Jay and York Streets.

    The walk is expected to be about 5 miles or so and end before 3 PM. Bring water and food for lunch along the way. Cancellation of the walk for weather conditions will be posted before 9 AM the day of the walk.

  • Saunter Stretch #1 on a Monday

    Staten Island Ferry Terminal

    Over the course of three weeks, every Monday we'll walk the iconic 32-mile Great Saunter path circumnavigating Manhattan Island.

    For Stretch #1, we walk the first 12 miles of the route, 4.5 hours, from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal up the Hudson River to 145th Street.

    MEET:
    10:30 am at Staten Island Ferry Terminal. 1 or R to South Ferry/Whitehall Street or the 4/5 to Bowling Green. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks & lunch.

    We start at Staten Island Ferry Terminal and head north along the Hudson River through Battery Park into Hudson River Park for our first rest stop at Chelsea Piers (4 Mi). We’ll continue through Hudson River Park into Riverside Park South. Plan to have lunch around 1:30 in Riverside Park at 70th Street (7 Mi). Pack a lunch, restrooms are available.

    Continue on the Riverside Park path along Cherry Walk [masked]th) to Riverbank State Park at 138th Street. Walk ends at Broadway & 145th where you’ll find the 1 train.

    HIKE LEADERS: Tiffany Walker[masked] and Maureen Barodin

  • Weekday Saunter Stretch Series (1 of 3 - Tuesday)

    Staten Island Ferry Terminal

    Over three consecutive days, Tuesday - Thursday, we'll walk the iconic 32-mile Great Saunter path circumnavigating Manhattan Island.

    For Stretch 1, we'll cover the first part of the route, 11 miles, 4.5 hours, brisk pace, from the tip of Manhattan up the Hudson River to 145th Street.

    Meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (use the restroom there) and, starting promptly at 10:30 a.m., head north along the Hudson River through Battery Park into Hudson River Park for our first rest stop at Chelsea Piers (at 4 miles). We’ll continue through Hudson River Park into Riverside Park South. Plan to have lunch around 1:30 p.m. in Riverside Park at 70th Street (at 7 miles). Restrooms are available here.

    Continue on the Riverside Park path along Cherry Walk (100th -125th) to Riverbank State Park at 138th Street. Our walk ends at Broadway & 145th where you’ll find the 1 train.

    MEET: 10:15 a.m. at Staten Island Ferry Terminal for a prompt 10:30 a.m. departure. 1 or R to South Ferry/Whitehall Street or the 4/5 to Bowling Green.

    Bring: water, sunscreen, hat, snacks, and lunch.

    Leaders: Laura Clark[masked]; Brigitte[masked]. Day of walk only. Prior to day of walk, message leaders on Meetup.