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: Lars Klove/New York City Bicycle Share

Destination: Salvation Army warehouse

The massive Salvation Army warehouse (39-11 61st St at 39th Ave, Woodside, Queens; is a little-known gem for thrift-shoppers seeking designer clothing, musical instruments, kitchen appliances­—even furniture. Of course, you won’t be riding home with a John-John sofa strapped to your back, but you could stuff a backpack or pannier with some high-end loot. It’s not unusual to dig up Prada shoes and Armani skirts.

Refuel: Ride a few blocks east to Sripraphai (64-13 39th Ave between 64th and 65th Sts, Woodside, Queens; 718-899-9599, This longtime destination for Queens-bound epicures constantly draws new devotees into its flock: Its reasonably priced entrées (most $9–$11) keep us coming back. The sinus-clearing drunken noodles ($10), whole red snapper ($23) and crispy watercress salad ($11) are especially tasty.

Route: From the Queensboro Bridge, turn left at Skillman Avenue, then right onto 43rd Avenue for a mile. Turn left onto 48th Street, and then right onto 39th Avenue. At Woodside Avenue, turn left and then make a sharp right to continue on 39th Avenue. Turn right onto 61st Street. From the store, take 61st Street to 39th Avenue, turn right and continue for three-and-a-half blocks.

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