Explore New York as a Local
New Yorkers love to explore their city. While you might not see many Manhattanites in Times Square, we have the scoop on the best places to rub elbows with locals in the city. Set time aside to explore the following gems and feel like a New Yorker for the day.
Hudson River Greenway
One of the best trails in New York for cycling is the Hudson River Greenway. It runs parallel to the Hudson River, starting at George Washington Bridge (North) and ending at Battery Park (South). This route is great for avid and leisure cyclists alike, given that it can be as long or as short as you want it to be. The most popular route is 15.9 miles long and takes you from Fort Washington Park to Chelsea Waterside Park (ending at Chelsea Piers).
Renting a Bike in New York
The best way to rent a bike is the bike-sharing program Citi Bike. Tourists have the option of purchasing a day ($12) or a three-day pass ($24) to use the bike in 30-minute intervals. Luckily, there are two Citi Bike stations close to The New Yorker Hotel, one at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street and the other at 8th Avenue and 31st Street.
Arrange your bike ride to make a pit stop at Hudson Yards. Although some may argue that this is a “tourist” attraction, the fact is that the entire city is still buzzing about this new neighborhood. You’ll find New Yorkers and tourists alike walking, taking selfies and discovering the complex. Read about the top things to do in Hudson Yards in our blog!
Exploring the city by kayak is a favorite activity that many tourists overlook. The Hudson River Park has two main kayaking companies stationed at specific piers. The most popular is at Pier 96 by the Downtown Boathouse. It offers free kayaking on a first-come first-serve basis. The second option is at Pier 84 by the Manhattan Kayak Company, offering beginner to advanced kayaking lessons and stand-up paddleboarding.
As we said earlier, the Hudson River Greenway 15-mile route ends at Chelsea Piers. Take this opportunity to explore this massive sports complex. As a visitor, you can participate in the drop-in activities like gymnastics, batting cages, bowling, indoor rock climbing, golf and more. If you want to go beyond sports, check out the different dining options at Chelsea Piers, the Ice Theatre (seasonal) or the Maritime Center to enjoy the riverfront views from the esplanade.
Read more about New York’s hidden gems on The New Yorker Hotel blog!