After seven months of “settling in” to New York City, I finally decided to explore parts of the city outside of the neighborhoods I normally frequent.I conveniently live in midtown, yet I rarely make it to Lower Manhattan.
One of the best ways to explore intricacies of a big city is by simply walking it, but alternatively you’re often limited to the ground you can cover by foot. My recommended solution to this scenario is touring by bike. Biking gives you the same site-seeing freedom and quite honestly it’s a lot more fun. I was recently able to tour Lower Manhattan with Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours and it allowed me to see and learn more about the city than I would have otherwise.
For over three years, owner Adam Benedetto had been giving bicycle tours across the world in cities like Shanghai and Paris before opening the company in Brooklyn this year. He has traveled to 43 countries and believes that cities are best when seen by bike. Adam – I’d have to agree.
Adam has also worked in politics and was previously the General Manager of West Village restaurant Joseph Leonard – which was a lovely stop on our cycling itinerary. I asked Adam what he enjoyed most about giving bike tours to which he said, “whether you’re working in politics or bike tours, you’re always educating people. The good thing about a city tour is that there are endless things you can talk about.”
The Loudest Yeller Bikes are made locally by the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. One of my favorite aspects was that each bike was named after a superhero. I was Batman for the day.
Currently, there are two tours offered – the Living City Day Tour and the Two Bridges Night Tour. I had the pleasure of taking on the Living City Day Tour. We started our journey in Williamsburg taking the East River Ferry over to Lower Manhattan (ferry ticket included).
Then we peddled our way through Wall Street, the Jefferson Market Courthouse, City Hall, Little Italy, China Town, SoHo and all the way to Greenwich Village.
There we received a grand tour of Murray’s Cheese Shop, which I recommend for anyone who loves artisanal fromage.
After grabbing picnic supplies, we rolled over to Washington Square Park for lunch before riding down the East River boardwalk and conquering the Brooklyn Bridge on the way back.
Adam filled our adventure with a lot of history and humor. Thanks for being a great tour guide! #thehustleisreal
You can connect with Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours on Instagram: @LoudestYeller
*My outfit: Tank: VSX, Yoga Pants: Lululemon, Shoes: Nike Pegasus