NYC days 11 and 12 – cycling clockwise around Manhattan

I’ve not taken many photos this week. I’ve done loads of things, met loads of people, ate lots of food, and more besides, but I’ve not taken many photos. For a start, I spend a lot of time on a bike, which means I don’t have a camera in my hand.

On Sunday I wanted to walk the length on Manhattan on Broadway, but it was raining. Boo! Instead of taking my bike I caught the subway into the city to do some shopping. Then, later on, I went to a friend’s apartment for dinner. He has a great view from his roof, and the clouds hanging low over Manhattan looked really impressive!

Rain in the city:
Rain in the city:

Best Bladerunner attempt:
Best Bladerunner attempt:

On Monday I decided to cycle clockwise round Manhattan Island. I got most of the way, but then the heavens opened and it just wasn’t funny any more. I caught the subway home.
On Monday I decided to cycle clockwise round Manhattan Island. I got most of the way, but then the heavens opened and it just wasn't funny any more. I caught the subway home.

I set off from my apartment in Brooklyn…
I set off from my apartment in Brooklyn...

Along the way I passed under the Manhattan Bridge…
Along the way I passed under the Manhattan Bridge...

Found a golf driving range…
Found a golf driving range...

Rode under the George Washington Bridge…
Rode under the George Washington Bridge...

Looked back towards downtown…
Looked back towards downtown...

Reached Harlem…
Reached Harlem...

Got very wet and ended in the subway.
Got very wet and ended in the subway.

It was a really great bike ride! The downtown end and all the way up the west side of Manhattan was amazing. The entire way is like a huge park, and I cycled up every pier I could. They’ve obviously spent a shit ton of money making it so nice.

And then I reached the part where the poorer black people live. Sigh. It’s like the city made no effort at all in regards to making the parks nice or useful or anything. I’m sure the issues are more complex than this, but as a tourist I can’t help but notice the massive disparity in care and spending on waterfront parks.


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