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Pure City Cycles x Thompson Hotels NYC

Out There

We’ve partnered with Pure City Cycles and Bookman Lights to provide all guests with complimentary rentals of the new Crosby cruiser at Smyth and Gild Hall in time to see the stunning red, green, and yellow foliage across the city.

We’re in love with the Crosby cruiser, especially the mint green frame, brown leather seats, and white wheels. Staying with us soon? Take one for a spin and experience NYC in a different way.

Here’s an 11-mile bike route from downtown NYC courtesy of Gothamist.

HUDSON RIVER GREENWAY: This long strip of smooth paved bike path lining the Hudson River is a favorite among city cyclists, with a fully-protected route guiding riders from Battery Park City all the way up to the George Washington Bridge. The route can get a little clogged with joggers and pedestrians by the Intrepid and cruise ships in Midtown, but it’s mostly smooth sailing through Chelsea, and once you’ve made it up to the Boat Basin in the ’70s the traffic thins out.

Otherwise, the ride offers marvelous views, plus if you make it to the little red lighthouse by the GWB, you can stop at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on 125th Street to fuel up for the ride back; they’ve got bike racks out front, and if the joint’s too crowded you can take your food out and picnic on the grass by the river. And for the truly adventurous/fit/masochistic, you can ride all the way up to Inwood and take in some medieval tapestries and outdoor bliss at the Cloisters while you rest your weary gluteus maximus.

The Hudson River Greenway’s bike path runs 11 miles continuously from Battery Park City up to the George Washington Bridge.

Want something lighter than an 11-mile ride? Here’s a few downtown routes from A Cup of Jo, one of our favorite NYC bloggers.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Manhattan to Dumbo. Ride across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Dumbo. Hang out in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can ride the carousel and skip rocks in the river. On Sundays in the summer, have lunch at the fantastic food fair Schmorgasburg (I’d recommend the chicken caesar burger). Here’s a map of a sample ride.

Central Park Loop. The 6.1-mile loop through Central Park is gorgeous, treelined and often free of cars. You’ll hear musicians strumming guitars in the grass, ride under the magnolia trees, wave to the horse-drawn carriages and pass sparkling lakes, the Museum of Modern Art and the Central Park carousel. Tip: After working up an appetite, head to the nearby Levain Bakery for a thick, gooey chocolate chip cookie (“the most divine,” according to the New York Times) or head up to the Met roof garden overlooking the park. Here’s a map of the loop