The Hudson River Greenway runs from Dyckman Street in Inwood all the way south to Battery Park. There is a small section north of the George Washington Bridge and Inspiration Point, where you have to use the streets but other than that section, it is a nice flat path along the Hudson River with wonderful views.
My friend Lynne and I rented bikes at Velo located in Gotham West Market. If you have not been to this indoor food market, give it a try. There are a variety of vendors to choose from whether you are in the mood for coffee (Blue Bottle Coffee), craving a sweet (Ample Hills Creamery), or hungry for lunch or dinner (The Cannibal, Indie Fresh, Uma Temakeria, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Genuine Roadside, EL Comado, and Choza Taqueria).
Once you have your bike gear all lined up, head to the Hudson River for a view of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, one of my family’s top places to visit in NYC.
Before you cross the West Side Highway, visit the Westside Highway Car Wash, located on the corner of West 47th Street. No, I know you are riding a bike but trust me on this one. Around the corner, there is a take-out window where you will find some of the best donuts in NYC.
Underwest Donuts, founded by Scott Levine, a former sous-chef at Chanterelle, bought a Belshaw Adamatic Donut Robot
and started to learn how to make donuts. There are two types of donuts; sugar and glazed. The Coco Raspberry was our favorite sugar donut and the Dark Chocolate was our favorite glazed donut.
Now you have the energy needed to bike either north or south. We choose to bike north towards the George Washington Bridge to visit the Little Red Lighthouse or as it is officially known, Jeffrey’s Hook Light. I never read the book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, but it is on my book stand now. This would have been a perfect place to sit with a book and relax for an hour. That will be for our next ride.
Continuing north, this part of the ride was uphill. In order to reach La Marina, you have to bike the roads for a bit. La Marina NYC is located at 48 Dyckman Street. It is open seasonally. With 75,000 square feet of waterfront property, this truly is a spectacular setting for lunch or dinner. You will forget you are in NYC. Another plus… they offer a daily happy hour at 4:00 pm.
If you decide to head south to Battery Park, definitely visit Le District, the French equivalent of Eataly. Located in Brookfield Place, this French food hall has everything you can imagine; a cheese monger, fish monger, butcher, patisserie, flower stand, market and restaurant. There is plenty of outdoor seating if you just want to take in the view and relax after a long day of biking.