Urban Athletics: Cycle and Dance Coney Island

  • June 9, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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Sitting here on the couch listening to music on my MP3 player. Hit the random play button. A house music track comes up. Then an old disco track. Then another two house tracks. My foot starts tapping. I think someone is trying to tell me something.

The Plan ...

If you can remember places like Paradise Garage, The World, The Tunnel, and The Sound Factory, odds are you probably spent many a night working it out until the wee hours of the morning. Even if your memory doesn't go back that far in time, this is something you can still appreciate.

Join me as I cycle out to Coney Island and spend a day dancing to long-forgotten soul, funk, house and disco beats at one of this town's hippest and little known secrets -- Coney Island's Boardwalk Dance Parties. On Summer weekends from the afternoon until after the sun sets, top DJs spin funky tracks for the masses outdoors on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Music will invade our souls as we dance along with hundreds of people from all walks of life just grooving to the beat. Best part of all, it's FREE. And as a special treat today, the queen of house music, Barbara Tucker, is scheduled to be in the joint performing some of her hits.

If dancing isn't your thing no worries, just come along and people watch, it's a very cool scene. Ride the amusements at Luna Park. Have a personal hot dog eating contest at the Nathan's stand. Or just work on your tan. The day is yours.

A $2.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for the title of hardest working person at meetup.

Here is the cue sheet for the ride http://goo.gl/maps/iAz1c. Print and bring it so you can catch up with the group in case you get separated.

*For this ride I'll be making a secondary pick up point at Prospect Park at 11:45 at the start of the bike lane on the corner of Prospect Park West and Union Street.

The Important Stuff ...

  • Distance to ride will be about 30 miles round trip. This will be a casually-paced ride (10 - 12 mph) skirting the Brooklyn waterfront most of the way and we'll be stopping to check out the sights as the mood strikes us.
  • We will be riding in bike lanes whenever possible but you should be comfortable riding in traffic and in a group. Helmets are strongly suggested. Bike lights are also recommended as we may be heading back likely after sundown.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a patch repair kit, air pump, and spare inner tube.
  • Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.

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  • Sakeena

    Awesome event! Thanks for organizing this!!!

    June 11, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Running late. Will try to catch up w the group shortly after you leave prospect park

    June 9, 2013

  • Lucy

    I apologize for cancelling last minute but I didn't get a chance to fix my bike. Enjoy this beautiful day!

    June 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    I am in route, I will be st city hall at 10:45.

    June 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Two more quick notes ... please print and bring the ride cue sheet linked to above, and please bring exact change for the organization fee.

    Also, if you are trying to meet the group in Coney we will likely be there around 2:00 although I am not going to be checking my phone very often while I am there.

    June 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Folks, my mobile number is[masked]-9034. Contact me in the morning if you have any problems. Please be on time as I can't wait for latecomers.

    If you're plans have changed and you can't make this meetup, please change your RSVP. Don't be a no show!

    June 9, 2013

    • Shayna

      is it ok to just meet you at coney island?

      June 9, 2013

  • Shayna

    Will meet you all at coney island I don't live far

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know how to ride a bike but I want to dance. Is there a way to meet up with you all for the dance party?

    June 9, 2013

  • Paul

    Wish I could join you, but it conflicts with another ride I've committed to assist. Have fun.

    June 8, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Where exactly will the Prospect Park pick up location be? And what's the plan in case of rain? Is the 10-12mph pace accounting for stops and traffic lights? (Trying to gauge based on my usual pace) thanks!

    June 6, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hey Julie, as stated above the pick up point is the start of the bike lane on the corner of Prospect Park West and Union Street. The weather Sunday looks flawless at the moment, but if that changes I will make the decision to cancel the ride or not by 8AM. The pace I indicated is the average moving pace I am for sans stops -- it's fairly moderate and easy to maintain for anyone of average fitness and cycling ability. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      June 7, 2013

  • Dainia

    Hi, im new to this group and this event will be my first as well as this will be my first time on a bike in YEARS. So my crazy question is: where do I get bike around that area? ( don't judge me :) lol)

    June 5, 2013

    • Kevin

      Dainia, I always recommend renting a bike from the Waterfront Bike Shop at 391 West Street (http://www.bikeshopny...­). They haven't given one of my riders a bad experience yet and they have reasonable rental prices. You'll need to get the bike back to them by 7pm though.

      June 5, 2013

    • Dainia

      Ok! Thanks a million:)

      June 5, 2013

  • nomie2

    Beautiful People Barbara Tucker....Wow!

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How wonderful that this event falls on June 9th, Green Gym Day. You can send us photos of your outdoor activities for our video celebrating activities of the day all over the world. Visit www.GreenGymDay.org for details.

    June 3, 2013

  • Sakeena

    Thanks for setting this up! The Coney Island Dance parties are one of the best parts of the summer!!

    2 · May 16, 2013

    • Kevin

      Ahhh, Miss Sakeena is in the know! Good stuff!

      1 · May 22, 2013

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