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Biking (and Parking) in New York City… You’ve Got To Be CRAZY!

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Brooklyn Street Art

Street cleaning ended at 10am which was precisely when we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, and again, within 5 minutes we had scored a beautiful property, this time located right next to McCarren Park, within walking distance to Bedford and Berry Streets and within a stones throw of Yoga to the People. We were home.

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get up and ride manhattan tour, bike tours new york, best tours in new york, best manhattan tour, biking in new york, priority bicyclesOur guide, Chandler, taught us the rules of the road and we gladly followed them. While Get Up and Ride does an awesome job planning an epic adventure, they also take safety very seriously and so our route actually had us riding in bike lanes most of the time and luckily avoided highly trafficked areas, like 5th Ave and Times Square, which we could later explore by foot on our own. We listened on our earpieces as Chandler filled us in on the history of the streets we were riding through.

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For our Brooklyn tour we all met at Get Up and Ride‘s ,sweet plot of land with a trailer, picnic table, taco truck and baggo! We were stoked to be touring with Chandler again, who introduced us to our new biker gang for the day, and off we went for round 2!

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get up and ride brooklyn, brookyln bike tour, biking in brooklyn, bike tour brooklyn get up and ride, priority bikes, manhattan skyline, view of manhattan from brooklyn, brooklyn grangeAs our tour came to an end, we stopped for a perfect cup of coffee and a homemade pop tart at Brooklyn Roasting Co. before boarding the East River Ferry for a refreshing and scenic ride back.

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get up and ride brooklyn, brookyln bike tour, biking in brooklyn, bike tour brooklyn get up and ride, priority bikes, manhattan skyline, view of manhattan from brooklyn, east river ferryWhile the Manhattan tour gave us a better feel for the city, the Brooklyn tour made us feel like insiders. Both tours offered fun routes, interesting tidbits, incredible views, yummy stops and a fantastic way to explore the city with great people we wouldn’t have had the chance to otherwise meet! Another cool thing that Get Up and Ride offers is customizable tours! Want a Gossip Girls tour? How about a Hollywood-style movie location scout? Or maybe a tour on the rich history of fashion in NYC? Whatever you can imagine they can do!

After we got cleaned up, we headed back down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to relax and try a few delicious morsels at Smorgasburg – another Brooklyn must do!brooklyn roasting company, best coffee in brooklyn, get up and ride, get up and ride brooklyn tourCan you believe they had a deep-fried lamb ragu and spaghetti sandwich?!

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smorgasburg, food in brooklyn, where to eat in williamsburgThe options, in true New York style, were unlike anything we had ever seen before.The top 2 crowd pleasers were the MofonGO mashed plantain bowls:

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ramen burger new york, best smorgasburg food, what is smorgasburg brooklyn, smorgasburg brooklyn,Smorgasburg only runs on weekends so check the times and locations and be prepared to wait in line. The best things have at least a 20 minute wait… seek them out, it’s worth it. Until next time New York! We already can’t wait to return.

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    Arlene Leilani

    June 10, 2015

    This is awesome Brittany & Drew! Loved that you enjoyed your time out here in New York. I’m originally from Cali. Hope you had a wonderful birthday Brittany.

    The picture that you posted here of the graffiti art “Brooklyn” was made by my friend, you can find his work on Instagram as @badgarcia – you can tell him I sent you =) My Instagram is @QueenLeilani

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      mrandmrsadventure

      June 11, 2015

      Thanks for warm Birthday wishes! We are so glad you recognized your friends work 🙂 It’s cool to see it being painted in his pics.

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    David

    June 7, 2015

    Nice to have met you both on he Brooklyn bike tour and hope you are still haveing fun
    If you visit Scotland come and visit us in Glasgow
    My Earthmoving Images can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/33977809@N07/
    On Flickr David.Wylie

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      mrandmrsadventure

      June 8, 2015

      David! it was great meeting you and your wife on the tour. We are having a wonderful time traveling and in Canada now 🙂 Thank you for sharing your awesome photos. Great work! We will keep in touch as we will to make it to Europe in the near future.

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    Aunt Sherri

    May 30, 2015

    You make me want to buy a bike again

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 31, 2015

      I would buy you one if I could!!

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    bethdaly748210367

    May 28, 2015

    Your posts make me want to go to the airport and travel… and they make me HUNGRY! <3

  5. Reply

    christina Breza

    May 28, 2015

    Amazing!!! Love you guys! <3

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      May 28, 2015

      love you back!

  6. Reply

    Vidya Murugan

    May 28, 2015

    Love Love Love your pictures <3

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      May 28, 2015

      Thanks for the Love!

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