NYC: Bikes in DUMBO

Bikes at Dumbo - The cat, you and us

Although Dani and myself are not of the sporty type (minus our scooters), we had one thing very high on our bucketlist for New York: cross at least one of the famous bridges with a bike. It would not be a lot for some, but taking into account that we haven’t probably ridden a bike in like 10 years, that might add a different perspective at what was for us.

Therefore, when I was looking for a hotel in the city (not easy feast, let me tell you) and I saw one that had complimentary bikes, something inside made me look it with a softer eye. The hotel itself was gorgeous, in our preferred neighborhood (Soho) and it had a package called: Let’s picnic! which included the possibility to reserve bikes and also have a picnic pack another day (or the same one). So, I clicked the reservation button quite fast enough, ha!

Once we knew we were able to have the bikes for as long as a complete day, I designed a feasible (kind of) plan for us. We were going to have breakfast nearby, then pick up the bikes, ride from the Soho to the Manhattan Bridge, cross it and spend some time around DUMBO, which is how the area down the Manhattan bridge is called.

Manhattan Bridge - The cat, you and us Graffitis in DUMBO - The cat, you and us Arlo Soho Bike - The cat, you and us

This was one of the cute bikes the Arlo hotel kindly provided. They were not only good looking, but they had up to 4 gears, which we slowly got the hold of it.

Damaris - The cat, you and us Dani - The cat, you and us

Don’t worry, we both wore the helmets for protection all the time – except for pictures ^wink^

Dani - The cat, you and us

Dani’s new Disney t-shirt has this barely there Mickey. Love it!

Graffitis in DUMBO - The cat, you and us Bikes at New York - The cat, you and us Damaris - The cat, you and us Arlo Soho Bike - The cat, you and us Arlo Soho Bike - The cat, you and us

DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is an area in Brooklyn between the Manhattan and the Brooklyn bridges that includes one of the most famous streets of New York (the one in the pics, Washington Street) and the Brooklyn bridge park.

We first headed towards Washington Street, where you can see how the Empire States aligns just behind the Manhattan bridge. In pictures it’s difficult to show the Empire, but even without it, the view looks just straight out of a film. It is not a secret that this view is known to appear in the Once Upon a Time in America movie.

We anticipated to find the place crowded, and while we found – of course – a couple tourists and also a fashion blogger, we think we were lucky to be able to monopolize the view without bothering anyone. After a stop to eat a cookie and drink some water (essential!), we rested a the park with the skyline before us, I can hardly think of a better way to start your day.

DUMBO - The cat, you and us NYC Bus - The cat, you and us NYC bus - The cat, you and us DUMBO - The cat, you and us DUMBO - The cat, you and us DUMBO - The cat, you and us Bikes at Dumbo - The cat, you and us

To get back to our hotel we chose to cross instead the Brooklyn bridge (the one you can see at the background on the former picture) which is the most popular and also provided a very different experience: while the Manhattan bridge has an iron structure, the Brooklyn is woody with the impressive steel-wire suspension and also the views offered are different since you are able to spot even the Statue of Liberty from there.

Although the views from Brooklyn to Manhattan are incredible from the Brooklyn bridge, if you think only of the biking experience itself it’s way easier to go through the Manhattan than this one. Mainly because the Brooklyn bridge has the pedestrian lane just next to the bikes without physical separation, and you are going to have to sort (and yell, since I was missing the bell in my bike) all the tourists that have the urge to invade your bike lane every 5 seconds.

However, having the two experiences now, I wouldn’t miss any of the them, I would exactly repeat the same route. The Manhattan bridge was the perfect chillier way to start and when I was more familiar with my bike I could handle the more challenging Brooklyn bridge, but still have the best thing of both of them.

DUMBO - The cat, you and us DUMBO - The cat, you and us Damaris - The cat, you and us

Have you ever biked in a foreign big city? How was your experience? Hope you liked DUMBO and the graffiti walls we stumbled upon! I think it is going to be one of the most colorful posts we have ever shared.

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  1. ELENA ADDS...

    IN LOVE amb totes les fotos!!!!! :)

    8th June 2017
    • We reply...

      Merci guapíssima!!! Big love <3

  2. Nieves ADDS...

    Qué impresionantes las fotos del puente de Brooklyn y de Manhattan! Me encantan! Qué valor después de tantos años, coger las bicis y lograr cruzar los puentes, enhorabuena. En las fotos estáis muy guapos, y los graffitis son muy chulos, en fin qué cómo siempre estoy encantada del resultado de estas fotos, son todas muy chic.

    8th June 2017
    • We reply...

      Sí, a mi también me encanta como han salido con estas paredes tan coloridas, aii! si estuviera un poquito más cerquita :)

  3. Fiona ADDS...

    Such a fun and awesome way to see the area – the bikes are so cute and the bridges + landscape so amazing! I’m so excited to see more of your trip now :) :)

    9th June 2017
    • We reply...

      Thanks dear Fee! Instead of positing day by day like in Japan we decided to share stories within our trip to NYC, hope you like them and we have you as an online travel companion! Biig hug!

  4. I love THIS picture of you! The last time I was there, I saw a fashion blogger there too! haha :P // I’m too scared to bike in cities! Where do you bike?? On the street?? On the sidewalk?? Both??? Too many split decisions to be made haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    9th June 2017
    • We reply...

      Thanks Audrey!! How fun you also saw a fashion blogger, I guess it’s a very New Yorker place so it makes a good backdrop. We biked on the streets, on the bike lane only, when the street didn’t have one, we climbed down and walked on the sidewalk, no need to test our luck after 10 years of no bike-riding, ha! :) I totally get you about being scared to bike in the cities.

  5. Kimmy ADDS...

    How cute that they had complimentary bike rental!
    I must admit, I have a bike but haven’t really used it much. It has always been something I wanted to utilize more.

    As usual, your post makes me want to go on an adventure. :)

    9th June 2017
    • We reply...

      Thanks Kimmy! When I see some cute vintage looking bikes like PUBLIC I always have the temptation, but since we don’t have a storage space here in our apartment we decided instead to get scooters, which is an easier compromise both in price and space, specially because we don’t use it them as often either ;) Hugs!

  6. Jennifer ADDS...

    I don’t think DUMBO is a very touristy place? I know my sister use to work in that area and it never seemed too touristy. It is so pretty though.

    7th July 2017

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