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2012 Staten Island

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Staten Island, the “forgotten borough,” is geographically much closer to NJ than the rest of NYC. But we didn’t forget! And it’s not too far for our intrepid crew–this trip completes our sweep! Word of

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2012 Inwood

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Inwood is the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan (almost–read ahead to learn more…) and one of the most interesting from geographic, ecological and historical perspectives. The hills of Inwood park contain the oldest growth remaining on

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2012 Fireboat

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Today we had the great pleasure to visit the John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat docked along the Hudson. From the JJH website: “Built in 1931, MV John J. Harvey, at 130 ft and 268

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2012 High Bridge (Bronx)

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Last week we rode to the Manhattan side of the High Bridge, which was constructed as an aqueduct to carry water from the Croton Reservoir to Manhattan. It is the oldest bridge connecting Manhattan to

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Newtown Creek

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: The Newtown Creek forms the western portion of the border between Queens and Brooklyn. Since the early days of European settlement it’s been host to industrial sites along its banks. No surprise, then, that it’s

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High Bridge (Manhattan)

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: The High Bridge was constructed as an aqueduct to carry water from the Croton Reservoir to Manhattan. It is the oldest bridge connecting Manhattan to another land mass (the Bronx), and the only one restricted

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GW Bridge Lighthouse

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Today we learned about light houses and why their beacon of lights are necessary. We also learned Miss Kara’s dog’s name is Beacon because she lives next a lighthouse. Makes sense! Word of the Day:

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Bronx Excursion

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Today we learned about Typhoid Mary and her stay in the sanitarium on North Brothers island. Typhoid Mary had the chronic version of typhoid fever, but she spread it to many people, who developed acute

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LIC Graffiti Wall (5 Pointz)

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: 5 Pointz History The graffiti wall located in Long Island City (LIC) is the premiere graffiti mecca of the world. The wall is located on a factory building that houses 200 local artists, creating the

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Randall’s/Wards Island

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Randall’s/Ward’s Island. Today we learned about the long history of Randall’s/Ward’s Island. Orginally they were two separate islands but now they are connected with Little Hell Gate representing where they used to be separated. Word

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A.K.A. Avenue A

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Avenue A. Did you know that Avenue A runs all the way up to the Upper East Side? Yes, really. It’s just called Sutton Place, York Ave, and Pleasant Ave. (These names sound “prettier” than

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East River

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: Exploration. Last time we talked about a bicycle having advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that it can take you farther than walking; in the spirit of exploration we headed to the East

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Learning Sessions

Google Photos Album Learning to Ride: With our first bike ride with Cyclopedia just seven days away, we got three kids out there today to brush up on their bike riding skills. Calvin, Destinee and Jasmine came out and met

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Time Trials

Google Photos Album Intro Lesson: What good is a bicycle? Our riders had several opinions: bicycles are faster than walking but slower than driving; they’re cheaper than driving but more expensive than walking; they’re better for the environment than driving,

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Practice Session

Google Photos Album Extra Practice: The day before our first official day of the summer season we took Calvin out on a trial ride over the pedestrian bridge to Ward’s Island. Great weather–our heat wave finally broke–but we worked up

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