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The Daily Plant : Monday, May 6, 2002


Bike Month is the perfect time for Parks to celebrate its 150 miles of completed greenways. Greenways are shared-use paths that connect our parks, bring New Yorkers to the waterfront with beautiful and safe opportunities to bicycle, jog, and rollerblade. Parks works with other agencies to design and implement the City’s 350 miles of planned off-street paths. During the month of May, Parks, the Departments of City Planning and Transportation (DOT) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) have arranged a number of fun biking events throughout the city. Check out TA’s website at for information on citywide events. For the new and improved NYC Cycling Map, call 212-CALL-DOT or visit Watch out for "Wheels & Heels," a newsletter from the Planning Division for an update on the greenways and more bike month events.

Visit the Bicycling & Greenways section of the website for more information about biking in New York City

Join the Rangers on the following bike tours. Bring your own bike, a helmet and water.

Bike Alley Pond Park, Queens
Saturday, May 11
: 1 p.m.
Alley Pond Nature Center - Winchester Blvd, under Grand Central Pkwy.

Subway: 7 to Main Street.

Bike Marine Park, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 11
: 3 p.m.
Salt Marsh Nature Center - East 33rd St and Ave U.

Subway: Q (local) to Avenue U, bike one block down to Avenue Z, then make a left on Stewart Street and a right back onto Avenue U one block after Garrison Avenue.

Biking the Drive in Forest Park, Queens
Sunday, May 12
: Noon
Forest Park Nature Center - Woodhaven Blvd and Forest Park Dr.

Subway: J, Z to Woodhaven Boulevard.

Bike Riverside, Ft. Tryon Park in Manhattan
Sunday, May 26
: 10 a.m.
Shore of the Hudson River at 125th St.

Subway: 1,2, or 3 to 125th Street

For more information about the Urban Park Ranger Explorer Program, please call 866-NYC-HAWK or visit

Written and Compiled by Jill Gallant


(Monday, May 14, 1989)


Over 28 tons of Parks paper that would have otherwise gone to waste have been recycled sine the spring of 1987, through the City’s Office Paper Recycling Program run by the Department of Sanitation (DOS).

"We have a waste disposal emergency looming on the horizon," said Tony Solomita, the DOS Citywide Coordinator for the Recycling Program. "We’re running out of places to put garbage. Sanitation hopes to recycle 40% of waste to ease the burden on our landfills. Also, Mayor Koch has just made recycling certain items a law. If you don’t recycle, you’re breaking the law."


"Pity is treason."

Maximilien Robespierre

(May 6, 1758–1794)

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

For your safety, the beach is closed from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street due to erosion. Other areas of the beach remain open, along with the entire boardwalk, all concessions, and restrooms. The closest beach access is available at Beach 86th and Beach 103rd Streets.

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