Urban Hiking: Prospect Park + BK Bridge + LES & Idle Food & Birthday Brews!

Phew.. that's a LOT of Meetup for one day!  Aaaannnyy-how... this is always a popular walk, and many people keep asking about it if they miss a particular date. If you keep loving it, we'll keep doing it!

We will meet just INSIDE the park entrance @ Prospect Park West and 15th Street [F, G Train to Prospect/15th]. As always.. look for the yellow bandanna!

Weather Dependent of course. Ensure you double-check event status the day before and morning of, in case of last minute changes.

We'll walk around and through Prospect Park, and extend this to include a walk up to, and across Brooklyn Bridge, up through Manhattan LES, and finish for Food & Brews at Idle Hands Bar in the LES.

Expect to do almost 10 miles, over approx 5 hours.

This is an EASY walk/urban hike, as there will be few hills, but we will put on some miles. And of course, be aware that we will be walking busy city sidewalks & streets once we leave Prospect.

Please note, below is a loose route map. I will adjust this as I work out additional points of interest along the way, but you can anticipate this as our rough route:


STOP: Did you notice the route map above? Click it.

Ok, now that you've reviewed the route.. carry on below!

We will attempt to arrive at Idle Hands around 5pm. Sunset is just after 5:30.

Idle Hands is a bit of a gritty bar, but it's the right kind of gritty! I've worked with the owner often, and he runs a great spot with top shelf liquors, craft beer and he's a burger fanatic, so expect the food to be very good.

Of course, no one needs to drink alcohol if you're not inclined, but it's a great spot for comfort food. 

At 6pm we will be hanging out in the basement / downstairs bar, as it has plenty of room for everyone to mingle, and keep it casual. Also.. it's my shameless self-promotion B'day party! What better way to celebrate an awesome walk?

Dress comfortably for a long walk, layers for adding/shedding as necessary, and backpacks recommended.

Don't forget your cameras!

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  • Jose L.

    I had an amazing time hiking with this group. I added a few pictures of us at Idle Hands after the walk. Enjoy everyone.

    February 25, 2014

  • Beau


    February 23, 2014

  • Sasha O.

    Great group of people. Such an adventure in the snow filled park. Great photo opportunities.

    February 22, 2014

  • Teri

    Hopstop says there's a service change on the F tomorrow, so it looks like you have to get off at Park Slope and walk from there to Prospect Park West. I'm not from the city and not a subway expert...does this seem right? Thx.

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Steve H

      Thanks Teri.. good catch. I'm sending an update now.

      February 22, 2014

    • Teri

      Happy to help -- glad I saw it! Turns out I can't make it after all, but I hope to make this walk next time around. Happy birthday.

      February 22, 2014

  • Steve H

    IMPORTANT TRANSIT UPDATE - There is NO Coney bound F/G-Train service @ 15 St-Prospect Park. You will need to go 2 additional stops to Church Ave, then switch to the Queens bound F/G and backtrack. It should add an extra 15 minutes to the commute.

    If you are coming from Brooklyn, below Prospect Park, you are fine if you are further south than Church Ave.

    I am sending an email with further details, or check http://mta.info for details.

    February 22, 2014

  • Steve H

    Weather is looking beautiful tomorrow! Lots of sun all day. We'll be walking on and off paved paths, so be prepared for some sloppy ground, but otherwise it looks like the Luck of the Irish is with us (I'm part Irish!) :-D

    2 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy Birthday:)

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Steve H

      We're all set to have an awesome day! Thank You :-D

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi looking forward to it!

    1 · February 20, 2014

    • Steve H

      Thanks Sarah, it looks like a nice walk ahead.

      February 20, 2014

  • Grace P

    So sorry. Leg problems cause me to refrain from hiking. 'Sounds like a great day!
    Happy Birthday Steve!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Steve H

      Thanks Grace. Sorry to hear that. We'll do it again in early April. Hope you feel better soon.

      February 19, 2014

  • ~Tatyana~

    This event sounds amazing, but I also have another commitment that day. I hope to meet everyone soon.

    February 15, 2014

  • Joe

    I would love to go, but I already have a prior commitment.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Nancy M.

    I have good boots, gloves, mittens if needed and warm scarf now. I won't be bothering anyone this time. Ahem

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Grace P

    Hey Steve, this sounds like a great day! I'll be there with boots on!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Paul

    Possibly will be away this weekend. Will surely join if I am in NY :)

    February 11, 2014

  • Steve H

    Also.. BOOTS strongly recommended. It's winter. It's wet. It's cold. It's sloppy. We are hitting the back trails of the park. It'll be muddy and or snowy. A spare pair of dry socks wouldn't hurt, either.

    February 11, 2014

  • Steve H

    There are NO bathrooms along the route inside Prospect Park. When we finish the park portion of the walk, near Grand Army, there are facilities at the library across the street.

    February 11, 2014

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