In NYC, owning a vehicle is unnecessary. Why incur expenses like car payments, insurance, gas, and high parking costs when public transportation can take you anywhere you need to go? Additionally, Queens is a bike-friendly area, offering a chance to save some money, get exercise and fresh air. Most people, including your movers, would vote Queens as one of the top places to own a bike. Among the five boroughs, many consider Queens the most pleasant for cycling, with riders encountering architectural landmarks, statues, beautiful waterways, parks, and ponds wherever they go.
The Cemetery Belt
One of the coolest places to explore in all of NYC, The Cemetery Belt boasts a massive and rich American history. There are three times as many buried individuals here as there are living residents in Queens. The enormous route also includes a shorter 18-mile option, named “Borough of the Dead,” which caters more to the average rider.
If you start at Calvary Cemetery, you will go past Johnston Mausoleum, Second Calvary Cemetery, Mount Zion Cemetery, The Clinton Diner from the movie Goodfellas and even the location from the Godfather where Vito Corleone was buried.
The Forever Wild Preserve dedicated two-thirds of this densely forested park. It houses more than 240 acres of forested habitat, kettle ponds, and vernal pods, providing home to sensitive wildlife. Glaciers carved out this park 20,000 years ago, and archaeological evidence suggests Native Americans inhabited the area 7,000 years ago. Today, the parkway serves a a fantastic tree-lined route for bikes, joggers, and walkers.
Cycling From Queens to Brooklyn
A 40-mile continuous cyclist and a pedestrian route has been created that begins and ends at Long Island Sound in Queens and Coney Island in Brooklyn.
– 5.5-mile loop – Bikes are only permitted on the boardwalk from 6 AM to 10 AM. After this, there is too much foot traffic and you will need to go around the dock. Be alert on Surf Avenue. This is a busy street, with a lot of distracted drivers, and there are no marked bike lines on it.
– 5.9 miles – This path begins at Seabrook Avenue and Ocean Parkway and ends at the entrance of Prospect Park. There are not a ton of sites to see along the way, but it is an enjoyable ride, surrounded by trees, grass and an eclectic mix of 20th-century buildings.
– 3.2-mile loop – Although this is a 3.2-mile loop. There is a spot that you can cut through for a half loop if you are looking for a shorter ride. There is a lot to see on this route. Including Concert Grove, Parade Ground, Wolman Rink, Prospect Lake, Prospect Park Zoo, Carousel and more. This land has a significant history from the Revolutionary War and 500 Americans were killed after they surrendered by English infantry, German Hessians, and Scot highlanders.
– 2.5 miles – This route begins at the Grand Army Plaza in front of Prospect Park and ends at Buffalo Ave. The British actually took this route back in 1776 to confront the Americans at Prospect Park.
– 6.6 miles – Begin traveling south on Buffalo Ave and you will end across from 79th St. at Myrtle Avenue. This is a rewarding ride as it is on a high plateau with beautiful views. There is a hefty climb, but it is well worth the effort.
– 3.5 miles – This trail starts at Forest Park Golf Course and awards you with a ton of nature. The park roads are low-traffic so you can enjoy your surroundings.
– 5.2 miles – Ride past the Queens Zoo, Hall of Science, Queens Museum of Art, New York State Pavilion and a few beautiful gardens. This area was once a salt marsh and despite the architecture, you can still see hints of natural beauty.
– 5 miles – This path starts right next to Lawrence Playground and College Point Boulevard takes you past Queens Botanical Garden, Kissena Corridor Park and Kissena Park Velodrome. Some of the oldest and most important buildings in Queens are along this path.
Alley Pond Park
– 9.6 miles – This very long stretch travels through an area numerous movies have been filmed. The kettle ponds you will see were formed 20,000 years ago from giant glaciers melting and leaving a large hole in the ground.
If you are relocating to the area, and want to know how to get to the Greenway, ask your movers. Queens may be viewed as an area with an abundance of concrete and steel, but there is still plenty of nature to be explored if you know where to find it.