On Sunday. August 18th, we kicked off our NYC Local Bike Tours season with our “Lost in Brooklyn” Tour. Full Image Gallery here.
The ride was 9.2 miles, which includes the trip back to 718 Cyclery starting point. Total tour time was 2 hours, 54 minutes.
The folks that needed to rent bikes got to the shop at 9:30, and the group shoved off just after 10am
The group totally lucked out, as the is “Battle Week”, with a week full of events commemorating the 1776 Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn).
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Carroll Street Bridge: Dating from 1889 and still functioning, this is the only Trapezoidal-Retractable bridge left in the world
Stadium Wall: The Brooklyn Tip-Tops, Federal League rivals of the local Dodgers, played in this stadium in 1914-1915. Dodgers played here from 1898 to 1913.
Burial location of the Maryland 400: The Maryland 400 gave their lives against a powerful British force in order to allow Washington’s Army to retreat to Manhattan during the Battle of Brooklyn in August of 1776.
Old Stone House: Location of the last stand of the Maryland 400
Washington Field: The ballpark was the home of the Brooklyn baseball club during 1883–1891
Blatz Memorial: Stephen Blatz briefly survived a 2 plane collision over Brooklyn that killed 134 people in 1960. The contents of his pockets were poignantly made into a memorial decades ago.
126 Stirling Place: Damage from the above-mentioned plane crash can be seen on buildings on this block
640 2nd Place: Former home of Barack Obama
A Brief History of Prospect Park
Quaker Cemetery. Although we are not permitted to enter the cemetery, we are allowed to observe the grounds from an outer fence in order to preserve the site’s privacy
Maryland 400 Memorial:
Site of Malbone Street Wreck: 93 people lost their lives at this spot in NYC’s deadliest subway crash on 1918. This event was so horrific that the city renamed the street to Empire Blvd ((except for a tiny sliver at Clove Road, see below).
Site of Ebbets Field: Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912 to 1957
Clove Road: Original Revolutionary War Road that dates back even farther to a Native America Trail