NYC Local Bike Tours: Lost In Brooklyn Ride, August 18. 2019

On Sunday. August 18th, we kicked off our NYC Local Bike Tours season with our “Lost in Brooklyn” Tour. Full Image Gallery here.

It was really hot!

It was really hot!

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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

Going over the Carroll Bridge

Going over the Carroll Bridge

On Carroll Street

On Carroll Street

The group totally lucked out, as the is “Battle Week”, with a week full of events commemorating the 1776 Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn).

Maryland/US Flag display, commemorating the Maryland 400 at the Old Stone House

Maryland/US Flag display, commemorating the Maryland 400 at the Old Stone House

One of the most profound statements

One of the most profound statements

At the Stephen Blatz Memorial in Methodist Hospital

At the Stephen Blatz Memorial in Methodist Hospital

Riding in Prospect Park

Riding in Prospect Park

More flags at the location of the Maryland 400 Memorial in Prospect Parkl

More flags at the location of the Maryland 400 Memorial in Prospect Parkl

Reverse of memorial;

Reverse of memorial;

A shortcut turns into stairs

A shortcut turns into stairs

Observing the Malbone Street wreck site

Observing the Malbone Street wreck site

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Itinerary

  1. Carroll Street Bridge: Dating from 1889 and still functioning, this is the only Trapezoidal-Retractable bridge left in the world

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Old Stone House: Location of the last stand of the Maryland 400

  5. Washington Field: The ballpark was the home of the Brooklyn baseball club during 1883–1891

  6. 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.

  7. 126 Stirling Place: Damage from the above-mentioned plane crash can be seen on buildings on this block

  8. 640 2nd Place: Former home of Barack Obama

  9. A Brief History of Prospect Park

  10. 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

  11. Maryland 400 Memorial:

  12. 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).

  13. Site of Ebbets Field: Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912 to 1957

  14. Clove Road: Original Revolutionary War Road that dates back even farther to a Native America Trail

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