Sunday, December 8, 2013
FLEA-BITTEN NEW YORK - Three Flea Markets in Three Boroughs
9:00 AM, City Hall, 22 miles, relaxed pace
Who needs Black Friday? We hit three flea markets in three boroughs: Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, Ridgewood Market, and the mother of them all - The Brooklyn Flea. Food is available at the Fleas. Make sure to bring your shopping list and panniers. BRING: Extra tube, lock, $$ for food and purchases, and a great attitude. In case of inclement weather, check the Facebook event or 5BBC Bulletin Board for updates. NOTE: This is a relaxed-pace ride with a substantial stop at each flea. Ride begins at City Hall and ends at Grand Army Plaza.
FROSTBITE RIDE #2 - Flat Rock Nature Preserve
10:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 30 miles
Aah Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned natural preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center but, only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond. Clothing is not optional.
GROTTA AZZURA PIZZA RIDE
10:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 flat miles, 12-15 mph pace
A short flat ride down to Coney Island and back. Stopping at the highly rated Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria for lunch. Bring a lock, $$ for lunch, a spare tube, cold weather gear and a metro card just in case. Snow or rain at the start cancels.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
DIM...DIM SUM BUMM
10:00 AM, City Hall, 13-15 mph pace
We love the NYC Chinatowns for the cheap food, unknown smells, Chinese operas on the weekends, and the fake Gucci bags for a bit more than a dime. But what about the hidden sweat shops, the tearooms, and how they emerged? Explore the history of the different Chinese immigrants and enjoy some delicious bubble tea and dim sum. We conquer two bridges at a medium pace of 13 to 15 miles per hour. Bring snacks, since we have a late lunch. Bring $$ for Dim Sum in cash ($20) and if you need a fake Gucci, make sure you bring $$$$$.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
FROSTBITE RIDE #3 - Xmas in the Cloisters with Clement Clarke Moore (A Visit From St. Nick)
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles
"'Twas the night before Christmas and All Through the House, Not a Creature was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse." Stop where Clement Clarke Moore was and now is buried. (HINT: It's near Ed Koch.) You don't have to be as rich as Rockefeller to enjoy the view of the Palisades atop Ft. Tryon Park, where the monastery and its view were donated by John D. Bring money for lunch.