One thing that I have been thrilled with in NYC is the development of the West side waterfront in Manhattan. When I moved to NYC a number of years ago I liked the fact that there was a bike path up the majority of the West side of the island, but it was far from aesthetically pleasing. In many places it was just a strip of asphalt with six foot tall weeds on each side. It was nice to have a place to ride or walk sans honking automobiles, but there was really no reason to stay, unless say you were under aged and wanted a place to secretly consume cheap beer without the threat of anyone bothering you.
Well over the course of several years the city dumped a huge chunk of money into development of the West side waterfront and the result is outstanding. If you live in the city you absolutely need to spend some time from 55th street on up and if you are a tourist, the West side pathway has bike rentals around 42nd street and a jaunt up the pathway would be a wonderful way to spend a large portion of a day. There are grassy knolls, wooden pathways, promenades, a café (open seasonally), benches, piers, and they even tossed in some sand volleyball courts. There are still some sections that are a work in progress, however it is well with any time you might be able to devote to exploration.
During the spring and summer they have some musical events on one of the piers. They are not really concerts as much as they are small music events that occasionally inspire people to break out in dance. A few weeks ago I went on a long walk up the pathway and they had a DJ spinning tunes with the accompaniment of some live musicians and the pier was jumping.One of the people listening to music on the pier was leaning on his bike and I noticed a cool hack and asked him if I could take a picture of it, check it out:
It’s pretty self explanatory but he took a small clasp that would normally be attached to a garage or storage closet wall to hold a tennis racket and he attached it to his fork with some plumbing clamps. The picture does not really do it justice, but the head of the racket did have adequate clearance from the ground, enough such that the racket did not face the threat of bumping into the ground during ride time.
The tennis balls in the spokes give the ride some added flair. Have you spotted a hack incorporating a method to carry sporting equipment or come up with one of your own? Feel free to send it to us.