Literary Lives of Brooklyn

Williamsburg, New York

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This route runs through iconic Brooklyn historic districts, framed by tree- lined roads and stately brownstones, making it a pleasing ride even if you don’t marvel at the (past) presence of the writerly crowd. In Brooklyn Heights, the route passes the former brownstone homes of many a mid- twentieth- century writer. The trail is paved throughout except for approximately 0.3 mile on Front and York Streets, which are cobbled. There’s one steep descent from Columbia Heights to Fulton Ferry Landing and a subtle ascent back to Brooklyn Heights. Then there’s one gentle, steady ascent through Park Slope toward Prospect Park. From there it’s downhill back to Brooklyn Heights. Otherwise the route is flat. The route runs mainly along residential streets with light traffic and roads with bike lanes. Streets are mostly narrow, so cars you encounter should be traveling slowly. Old Fulton Street has moderate traffic, but a bike lane along the border gives cyclists ample space. The trek into Carroll Gardens and Park Slope leads mainly along relatively narrow roads. Stay alert of parked cars to avoid getting doored.
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by Mary Staub (Falcon Guides)

This route runs through iconic Brooklyn historic districts, framed by tree- lined roads and stately brownstones, making it a pleasing ride even if you don’t marvel at the (past) presence of the writerly crowd. In Brooklyn Heights, the route passes the former brownstone homes of many a mid- twentieth- century writer.

The trail is paved throughout except for approximately 0.3 mile on Front and York Streets, which are cobbled. There’s one steep descent from Columbia Heights to Fulton Ferry Landing and a subtle ascent back to Brooklyn Heights. Then there’s one gentle, steady ascent through Park Slope toward Prospect Park. From there it’s downhill back to Brooklyn Heights. Otherwise the route is flat. The route runs mainly along residential streets with light traffic and roads with bike lanes. Streets are mostly narrow, so cars you encounter should be traveling slowly. Old Fulton Street has moderate traffic, but a bike lane along the border gives cyclists ample space. The trek into Carroll Gardens and Park Slope leads mainly along relatively narrow roads. Stay alert of parked cars to avoid getting doored.

© 2014 Mary Staub/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Williamsburg
Distance: 12.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 hours
Local Maps: New York City Bike Map, Literary Brooklyn Map: www.literarybrooklyn.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Literary Lives of Brooklyn

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