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Williamsburg to Bed-Stuy (with a lot of detours along the way)
Thomas Callahan of Horse Cycles and the Urban Tour Project put together his perfect bike day trip for you guys and it's really special. Thomas makes incredible, custom-made bikes with Horse Cycles, but started working on the Urban Tour Project in an effort to bring exceptional bikes and accessories to more people at fair prices. Everything in the Urban Tour Project is made in the US and features the same high-level of design and craftsmanship as the custom-made Horse Cycles products. Check out where Thomas would go...
Leaving from Horse Cycles HQ (321 Rutledge Street) with the lady and the all new Urban Tour (hand made in Brooklyn, of course!) we would head straight up to Dough (448 Lafayette Ave) for a yummy treat and then to Scratch Bread (1069 Bedford Ave) for a delicious stoop brunch and coffee. It's then straight up Franklin and it's time to get your heart rate pumping with a few quick laps of Prospect Park. Feeling good, maybe stop by the Prospect Park farmers market to pick up a few healthy snacks. Lucky we brought the Urban Tour with it's awesome brooklyn made wooden box.. just the thing for carrying all organic deliciousness.
Next stop is Fort Greene as a little shopping may be in order. Tried and true, we may swing past the Flea Market for a few vintage finds. Nothing you can't fit on the bike though! And then to French Garment Cleaners (85 Lafayette Ave) our favorite clothing store of all time, just a few blocks down Lafayette. Don't be fooled by the sign - it's no longer a dry cleaner, it is where you'll find the freshest new threads. And maybe, just maybe we'll stop by for a Bloody Mary at Walter's (166 Dekalb Ave). They do it right, and it is the weekend!
Next stop is DUMBO. A long ice coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company (25 Jay St), enjoyed in the sun at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Then its the new riverfront bike lane all the way to Red Hook. Swing past Fairway for one or two bits the we head straight to Valentino Pier for a picnic lunch on the waterfront, with views of the Statue of Liberty to remind us of our freedom. The other thing that's going to remind us of our freedom is chocolate dipped mini key lime pie from Steve's (204 Van Dyke St)... and don't worry about the calories cos of all the great exercise we've already done today.
Riding back through Cobble Hill there's always time to pick up a few more things. A quick stop Barney's to look but not touch! Then maybe Steven Allen...We'd stop by the Black Swan (1048 Bedford Ave) for a few drinks... drop the bike off, unload all the goodies and get ready for the night's festivities. What a day. Love BK!
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