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This walk is posted on short notice because I don’t want to run into a heat wave. The weather man calls for a high of 78 deg.😇👍 The walk will be on the OCA from Irvington to Yonkers . Untermeyer is now open and we will stop there. Catch the Metro North Hudson line out of Grand Central at 9:46 and arriving at 10:36 Be sure you use the restroom on the train. Bring lunch and water. I also found a nice deli on the way to the OCA. Masks are required if you have not been vaccinated. The walk will be at a moderate pace about 8 miles.
Contact Information, Bill Tubis,
Email [masked], cell[masked]
Governors Island hosts Porch Stomp, a free musical celebration featuring folk, blues, roots, bluegrass & Americana music. Catch the ferry on the Manhattan side and once we arrive, walk out to Picnic Point and climb Outlook Hill with views of the Statue of Liberty. On our way back to Liggett Terrace, we'll meet Flour, Sam, Evening, Chad and Philip Aries - five sheep residing in Hammock Grove for the summer.
After our tour of the island, we head to Nolan Park for lunch and music. Bring a lunch or buy it from the food trucks at Liggett Terrace or at the music fest.
Our ferry departs at 3:40pm. You're free to hang out and listen to the music, tour Castle Clinton or Fort Jay on your own, rent a bike or go stand-by on an earlier ferry back.
MEET: 10:15am in front of the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St. Closest subways are the R/W and 1 trains to South Ferry Station. Face masks are required to ride the ferry. ** I have free reserved tickets for the 10:40am Ferry tickets for our group of 15** First stop on Governor's Island is restrooms.
Hike leader: Pam Cress, [masked],[masked]
We will meet at the train station. If you need to use the restroom, (1) do so on the train, (2) use the one in the Bakery at the station- please make a purchase to support this establishment and their decision to allow you to use their private restroom, (3) tell someone, preferably me, you are using the restroom before you go, so we don't leave you behind.
We will walk from the station through Sleepy Hollow, up hill on the city streets, to the Old Croton Aqueduct. I start all of my Rockefeller hikes this way. We will enter the Preserve and walk to the eastern section, the furthest from the train. The paths are gravel and cinder, with some dirt and grass. Please bring bug spray! We will hike through fields, woods, along reservoirs, up and down hills, some big, see incredible vistas, and maybe, if you're good, I'll tell you a story once we reach a special location.
There is one bathroom in 1500 acres of park. We will eventually pass it, but not for a long while. There are no food or water concessions in the park. Please bring what you'd like to eat. I prefer not to make a long stop for lunch, so consider noshing while walking. Bring a hat, sunnies, bug spray, sunscreen, sneakers or boots- no sandals.
Take the 9:45 out of Grand Central, arriving in Tarrytown at 10:35. We'll briefly chat about our excursion, then start off once bathroom trips are over. Approximate distance, 15-20 miles, time, around 6 hours or so. Once headed back, all are invited to stop at a local pub for food and drink- NOT INCLUDED IN THE HIKE. If you don't wish to join us, I will bring you to the last corner before a straight shot to the train, and point you in the right direction.
Please only sign up if you're going to show up. RSVP closes 24 hours before hike starts. Do not drop out in that 24 hour period. It is inconsiderate to others who may wish to join. Any questions, text "HIKE" with your name to[masked]. If you don't include your name, I will not answer.
We will keep a 3 mph pace. If you can't handle distance or pace, this might not be your hike. There are no drop offs in the park, no public transport in the park.
Let’s follow the footsteps of early New Yorkers who protested and paraded (and partied!) downtown, from colonial times to the first years of our nation. We’ll go up and down lower Manhattan, stopping at sites where groups gathered in the past with something to shout about!
MEET: Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan, 2nd floor, near restrooms.
START TIME: 9:15am prompt. Please arrive early to use restroom.
END LOCATION: Foley Square/Thomas Paine Park, near Worth & Lafayette. End time is approx.
DISTANCE: 4 miles, with brief stops to talk about the history.
PACE: Comfortable pace on city sidewalks. (This is not a fast-paced walk.)
BRING: Water, food. We will stop for a snack break.
RESTROOMS: Use restroom at Staten Island Ferry Terminal meeting location. Optional bathroom break at 1-mile mark.
RSVP INFO: Group size will be kept small. Please sign-up only if you intend to show up. If plans change and you cannot attend, kindly update RSVP so someone can take your place.
WEATHER POLICY: If forecast is iffy, hike leader will post a comment below by 7am on day of hike with status update.
LATECOMERS: Walk starts on time. Our first stop is northern end of plaza outside S.I. ferry terminal, then Bowling Green. After that, it will be difficult to find us. Best to be on time.
CONTACT:[masked] (text only). Hike leader does not check messages after 7am on day of hike.
Happy Independence Day weekend, New York!