Bikes and Sites

IIMG_6243n a city with over eight million people, five boroughs and endless amounts of traffic, what better way to discover the Big Apple than on two wheels?

Today’s Sunday Funday included a beautiful bike tour on the popular Citibikes spanning from the East side of Manhattan, down the East River, over the Manhattan Bridge and into DUMBO
(Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn

As blue skies and bright sunshine guided our path, we couldn’t help but admire the breathtaking views along the way. With each push of the pedal, we set out on one beautiful (and IMG_6461spontaneous) journey. We had originally planned to go down through Battery Park and up on to the West Side Highway, but this is New York, and you should just let her take you by the hand once in a while. So we did…we ended up in DUMBO (one of the most beautiful places in all New York!).
IMG_6377After walking the cobble stoned streets, admiring the classic infrastructure, we stumbled upon Jane’s Carousel – a piece of history desigend in 1922, originally hailing from Ohio until a local New York developer included it in his Master Plan for the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park. Since my roomie wanted to tap into her inner child, we made jumped on board and rode ’round and round.

Once we exited the fun zone, we couldn’t help but notice a magnificent multi-colored stained-glass house at IMG_6454the edge of the waterfront. This little structure, Kolonihavehus, was installed by famed artist, Tom Fruin, as part of this year’s Dumbo Art’s Festival. As the sun moves throughout the day, the house displays a stunning array of colors adorning the surrounding area, gracing visitors with its magical might.

After about 8,000 pictures (yes, every day is a photo shoot in the city for these two girls), we decided it was time for a sweet treat (a pretzel cone toped with creamy ice cream) and made our way over to Ample Hills Creamery just down the road. I first learned about this tasty delight when I was scrolling through one of my favorite Instagram pages, The Sweet Life of Lina (this girl knows how to eat). Once I saw a picture, I just knew I had to have this thing, and so today was the day to treat myself – I mean doesn’t a 14 mile bike ride merit this heaping of calories?

IMG_6449Once I inhaled what must be the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had (I shared it with my roomie…barely), it was time to head home and end this Sunday Funday. Talk about a true “Summer in the City” kind of day! I can’t wait to see what next Sunday has in store for me…surely not to be anything short of fabulous!

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