East River Greenway

Along the East Side of Manhattan is another nice bikeway that runs parallel to the East River, boasting great views of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.

This greenway, which is shared in parts with runners and walkers, offers another great car-free option for biking in the city. In order to avoid the section where the bike path breaks around the United Nations, our favorite ride starts just south of there.

  • Grab a bike at the FDR Drive & E 35th St station and head South.
  • Enjoy the glimpses of downtown Manhattan in front of you, and great views of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge to your left.
  • Ride along the East River Bikeway about 4 miles
  • Turn right on John St, then left on Front St
  • Drop your bike at the Front St & Maiden Lane station, and enjoy the afternoon at the South Street Seaport!

This route takes most riders 20-30 minutes. If you go over the 30 minutes that are included in the Day Pass price, not to worry – it's only an extra $4 to keep your bike out for an additional 15 minutes.

See the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Map for more info.