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 summer, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is hosting Greenway Adventures, a series of find-your-own adventures you can do by foot or by bike all over the five boroughs. The experiences are curated by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and its partners, like REI, Riverside Park Conservancy, Hunters Point Parks, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Harbor Ring, Hutchinson River Greenway and more.

1. Newtown Barge Park

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.