New York City
Beneath its glitter and glamour, New York hides surprising chances to pursue active outdoor sports. And a small but growing band of urban pioneers have figured out how to live the active lifestyle and live in the city, too. The Appalachian Trail is just a stone’s throw away, as are other hiking trails. The book features detailed descriptions of rides, routes, resources, and hangouts for two dozen sports and celebrates New York’s little-known pockets of open space where the city-worn can reinvigorate themselves. Rediscover the mighty Hudson River from a sea kayak. Get a wicked workout mountain biking in Queens or on Staten Island. Meet urban pioneers who climb buildings and bridges and go caving in Manhattan’s labyrinth of tunnels. Try scuba diving in New York harbor. Each chapter covers a favorite adventure sport or activity, and includes top metro destinations along with brief profiles of the best gear outlets and gonzo urban adventurers. For easy planning, each chapter is presented in four parts: city center, suburbs, day trips, and outlying weekend attractions. 50 maps.
• Top spots for after work: running and blading, trail and road biking, sea kayaking, bird watching
• Daytrip getaways: hiking, river running, rock climbing, paragliding, fly fishing
• City’s top flight: gear outfitters, bike shops, adventure sports clubs, marinas, fitness clubs, climbing gyms
The paperback book is available through Amazon.com
Freelance writer David Howard lives on the Upper East Side. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Smart Business, Christian Science Monitor, and People.com.
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