It’s spring! We love the fact that warmer weather opens up many additional transportation options in New York City. No need to descend into the sweaty subway tunnels or hail a stuffy cab. Instead, combine your exercise with your commute, your sightseeing with your time outdoors. All you need is a bike.
If you just want to cruise through Central Park, check out NYC Bike Rental, a perennial favorite. Kickstand Bicycles, located in Midtown East, also gets high marks for brief rides. Or, ride like a New Yorker and grab a Citibike. According to their website, they’re located at 750 stations throughout 60 neighborhoods, making this the most convenient option for riders unsure of where their days are headed.
Need a quick pitstop? Some cafes are particularly amenable to environmentally-friendly travelers. Visit Off The Bridge, near the Manhattan Bridge, for a coffee. Maglia Rosa, run by a Milanese cyclist named Manuel, is unsurprisingly hip. The sunny interiors (two locations: Carroll Gardens and Industry City) feature a bar with diner stools and some teal patio-esque furniture. Order a prosciutto panini or a caprese salad while you check out the bikes or get a tune-up. Buon appetito!