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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Photograph: National Park Service

Destination: Fort Wadsworth

The ground on which Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth (Bay St at Wadsworth Ave, Staten Island;; free) now stands was originally fortified by the British in the middle of the Revolutionary War, and continued to operate as the oldest active military installation in the United States until 1994. Explore the site including the derelict Battery Weed and the catacomb-like tunnels and gunpowder rooms­; the brave can rent a campground ($20).

Refuel: Visit nearby Da Noi (138 Fingerboard Rd at Tompkins Ave, Staten Island; 718-720-1650,, a white-tablecloth Italian joint serving traditional fare like risotto milanese ($19) and linguine frutti di mare ($19).

Route: From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (easily accessible by bike along the East River Bikeway), take Bay Street south past Staten Island Borough Hall and the Alice Austen House to Fort Wadsworth. For Da Noi, take Lily Pond Road under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Turn left onto Lincoln Place and then right onto Garfield Avenue. Continue onto Tomkins Avenue and turn right onto Fingerboard Road.

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