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Citi Biking the Big Apple

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When one thinks of visiting New York City, one of the first things that come to mind is how to get around this populous urban centre, and how to do it in the most practical way so as to enjoy all the excitement the Big Apple is famous for.  One option is to ride the subway.  It is fast, affordable, convenient, and can get you pretty much anywhere worth seeing.  However, being underground prevents you from experiencing the hassle and bustle of the city.  Another option is to walk around the eclectic and exhilarating neighbourhoods often showcased in many hollywood films.  Walking around town you can people-watch, window-shop until you drop, and take as long as you feel it is necessary to discover its charm.  Although this is one of the most popular ways to venture around NYC, it is a bit time consuming and not very practical if you are in town for just a few days.

A third option which until recently seemed to be reserved for locals (…or daredevils), is biking.  At first, it might feel like a very risky proposition for a city like New York, but if you can get your head around biking along side hectic traffic, having the bike lane blocked by every imaginable obstacle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ), or sweating it up on your vacation, this is one of the most thrilling experiences that NYC has to offer and a very fun way to get around while basking in on the endless beauty. Biking around the wide streets of New York you will enjoy gazing at the historic buildings, being surrounded by the collage of skyscrapers, coming up close to the diversity of the people and the neighbourhoods.   While on a bike, you will be able to hop on and off easily, get lost in Central Park, and visit the Union Square farmers’ market along the way. Riding down the iconic 5th avenue or over the cobblestone streets, you will feel part of the city and its magic.

If you are sold on the idea, you should consider renting a “Citi Bike”…

Citi Bike is a bike sharing system that provides an easy and affordable option to get around the city.  Renting a Citi Bike for 24hrs will set you back $9.95 plus tax.  This fee includes an unlimited amount of 30-minute trips on a rugged and easy-to-use blue bike.  If you keep your rides within the time limit you will not pay a penny more, but if you take longer, overtime charges will apply.  You can pick-up and drop-off the Citi Bike at any of the 330 locations around the city;  definitely a very convenient service.

So next time you are in the Big Apple, why not let your wild side take over?  Hop on a bike and experience NYC like the locals do.  Many thrills await so enjoy…and share your experience, let me know what you think about biking in NYC.

For more information on the Citi Bike system you can visit  http://citibikenyc.com/how-it-works

Be careful what you wish for…! (cuidado con lo que pedimos)

Although I am sure in two months time I’ll be wishing for the snow to go away and dreaming of warm weather,  I cannot help but enjoy the beauty and freshness of the first real snowfall (10 to 15cms) of this winter in Toronto, Canada.
Aunque estoy seguro que en 2 meses estaré deseando que desaparezca la nieve y soñando con el clima cálido, no puedo evitar disfrutar de la belleza y frescura de la primera nevada (10 a 15cms) de este invierno en Toronto, Canadá.

High on the Line

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On my last 2 visits to the Big Apple, I have spent a lot of time wondering along a very unusual and amazing place.  The High Line Park, one of NYC’s most recent jewels, is a hideaway that swirls through the massive architecture of Manhattan’s Westside from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.

Beautiful architecture, colourful gardens, cool resting areas, and interesting people, make this a must see attraction while visiting New York City.

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This urban oasis is the perfect example of what a great cosmopolitan city should be offering its citizens and visitors.  It is gems like this that bring NYC above the rest.

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If the weather is on your side, pick up some food, head over to the High Line, have a picnic, enjoy the great views of the city, have a coffee, and who knows, maybe you will meet someone and fall in love.

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                         Photography and text by Diego Rojas