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Explore the historical and ethnically enriched neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn with perfectly timed stops for the best "treats" you could ask for, beer and chocolate.
This special tour starts with a ride through the historic Lower East Side. Once the most densely populated neighborhood in the world, it is now a very "in" section with a thriving nightlife, as well as an authentic Soviet era, larger than life, statue of Lenin!
We'll pass by a live poultry market that caters to new immigrants who back home just picked their chickens live off their small rural town streets and alleys.
Leaving Manhattan, we will pedal on the new Williamsburg Bridge bike path. We enter the "hip," artistic neighborhood of Williamsburg and head to the Big Apple's best micro-brewery, The Brooklyn Brewery. Its 1860's building has been beautifully restored to its bare brick and wood timbers. Here you can sample its top-rated beer, ale, or stout on tap.
Only a short ride away, yet centuries back in time, we enter a Hassidic "shtetl," like that made famous in Fiddler On The Roof. Here the orthodox Jewish population still tries to live as it did before the Holocaust. On this, the Jewish Sabbath, all the businesses are closed as the synagogue becomes the focal point of existence.
Another short pedal away, and we are back again in the 21st century. Now we are in Dumbo, another fascinating "in" neighborhood of Brooklyn. Here, you'll experience a classic "only-in-the-Big-Apple" panorama!
We head to Jacques Torres Chocolate Shop, run by a pastry chef extraordinaire. Here you can sample his pethiviers, featured recently in The New York Times - or get high on other chocolate delights.
We finally pedal over the Brooklyn Bridge, also on its own bike path. The high here is not merely provided by the altitude, but also by the incredible views of the New York skyline and harbor.
Great brews, Great views and Great chocolate - all make for a delightful afternoon in the Big Apple!
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