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Sundays - 2.5 hours prior to the sunset
The Big Apple is justifiably famous for its night life and night lights. Here is a unique opportunity to see the city's brightness at twilight. Moreover, Sunday evening is an ideal time to pedal around lower Manhattan as there is considerably less street traffic.
This unique tour begins while it is still daylight, with a pedal through the historic and charming West Village. As we ride along charming streets and by quaint houses, we'll pass by a famous restaurant that was once a classic "speakeasy."
Today, it still has no identifying sign outside! Television sitcom lovers will certainly recognize a very familiar site - the actual building featured in the hit show Friends!
Before we leave this neighborhood, we'll stop at the birthplace of the modern "gay rights" movement, learn the fascinating story behind its inception, and have a photo op at the powerful sculpture by the renowned George Segal.
We'll then head to the new Hudson River Greenway, a splendid bike path with truly magnificent views of the New York Harbor. Before we enter historic Battery Park, we'll stop by the New York Trapeze School, sorry no jumping today!
Passing near Ground Zero, we will visit yet another monument to human despair. We then ride through the Sunday quiet of the Wall Street area. Here, the spectacular Stock Exchange building is especially impressive at twilight. The fountain at the recently restored City Hall Park is illuminated by a whopping forty gas lanterns, almost distracting us from the "Cathedral of Commerce," aglow in its own incandescent splendor!
The highlight of our tour is of course a truly amazing pedal up the Brooklyn Bridge, on its own bike path, as daylight slowly dissipates and the lights of the city emerge. Twilight on the Brooklyn Bridge is an "only in the Big Apple" awesome experience.
Also, if the weather cooperates, we'll even watch the sun set behind the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings!
This unique tour is not over yet. As we leisurely pedal back to our starting point, we'll pass by Foley Square, home to another prime-time TV program set. We return through SoHo, with its fashionable shop windows lit up at night, and its unique outdoor sculptures.
This tour is truly a special opportunity to experience a very different side of the Big Apple.
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