Bike New York with these great outer-borough routes

Take to the streets on two wheels with these beginner-friendly cycling itineraries

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Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park Photograph Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park


Destination: Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Astoria, Queens; 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org; free) was a derelict waterfront dumping ground until 1986, when a coalition of artists and community leaders, led by sculptor Mark di Suvero, enlisted local youths to transform it into an outdoor exhibition space and public park. On May 11, the space welcomes two new pieces: Queen Mother of Reality, pictured, a stunning megalithic sculpture by visionary Polish artist Pawel Althamer, and Scarecrow, a site-specific installation by artist Žilvinas Kempinas.

Refuel: After you enjoy the art and stunning views of Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, ride into Jackson Heights for authentic North and South Indian delicacies. Dosa Delight (35-66 73rd St at 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens; 718-397-1000, dosa-delight.com) offers gut-busting thalis, or combo plates ($8.99–$14.99), and dosas that will steal your heart.

Route: From the Williamsburg Bridge, take Kent Avenue north past East River Park and continue onto Franklin Street. Turn right onto Eagle Street and cross the Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City, Queens. Turn left onto Jackson Avenue, then right to take 51st Street to Vernon Boulevard. Turn right and follow the Vernon Boulevard bike path for two miles, passing under the Queensboro Bridge, to Socrates Sculpture Park. From the park, head south on Vernon Boulevard for two blocks and turn left onto 34th Avenue. Just before Northern Boulevard, turn left onto 47th Street, and then right on Broadway. Turn left onto 60th Street and then make an immediate right onto 34th Avenue, crossing under the BQE. Turn right on 73rd Street and continue for two blocks to Dosa Delight.


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