Photo courtesy Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
The Brooklyn Greenway Ride is a 26-mile bike excursion along the Brooklyn waterfront. During a normal year, it takes place on one day — very much like the New York City Marathon or the 5-Boro Bike Tour. But this year, the Brooklyn Greenway Ride is a full-month event and self-guided. Untapped New York partnered with Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) to create a digital ride guide to accompany the event, highlighting 10 great places to see while you’re biking along the Brooklyn waterfront.
This year’s Brooklyn Greenway Ride is sponsored by Citi Bike. There are two ways to participate. The first is free, as a “Greenway Rider.” Rgistration will get you the illustrated ride guide and map, along with a variety of shorter route suggestions to explore neighborhoods along the Greenway. For $25, you can be a Greenway Enthusiast. The proceeds go to support BGI’s quest to fully complete the waterfront greenway in Brooklyn. You get everything in the Greenway Ride registration PLUS a Brooklyn Greenway Ride 2020 t-shirt, BGI buff face covering, and sponsor swag bag mailed to you! Register for the Brooklyn Greenway Ride here! And now without further ado, here are some great spots to see on the Brooklyn Greenway going from north to south:
1. Newtown Barge Park
The views from Newtown Barge Park, on the northern tip of Greenpoint, are unparalleled. The Midtown Manhattan skyline is in full view, but so is gorgeous Hunters Point South Park just across Newtown Creek. This park, built atop a former industrial site once lined with barges, was completed in summer 2019 so it’s relatively unknown. Come here to get a nice breeze and stunning views, away from the crowds of nearby Transmitter Park, no longer as “under the radar” as we reported in 2016.