Bike NYC: Find four fantastic Citi Bike routes

You still haven’t given the NYC bike-share program a go? We’ve mapped out rides—packed with awesome activities—that will each take you 30 minutes or less.



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d.b.a. Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown

East Village

Start station: Ave B at 2nd St

End station: First Ave at 3rd St

Kick off this laid-back Alphabet City loop by heading up Avenue A and swinging by venerable crate-digger haven A-1 Records (439 E 6th St at Ave A, 212-473-2870)—which has survived the nabe’s changing tides of retail since 1996—and sifting through its dollar selections on the sidewalk out front. Then detour through underground-culture landmark Tompkins Square Park (Ave A to Ave B between 7th and 10th Sts; 212-274-1111,—by walking; don’t be that dick who acts like it’s not a big deal to fly through a walkway—over to Avenue B. After that, head downtown, hook a right at 3rd Street, and drop off your two-wheeler. Now it’s time for a much-needed beer. Luckily for you, d.b.a. (41 First Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 212-475-5097,, a craft-brew bastion with an airy, season-appropriate backyard, is a stone’s throw away.

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The success of the program depends on how well the bikes are maintained, especially after the first Winter. I'm a satisfied annual member except when the green light is not activated when i redock the bike.

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