Biking the Length of Manhattan, With Stops Along the Way

3 Quick Things

Something free or cheap

It’s Summer Streets season! This Saturday and next, almost seven miles from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and Lafayette Street will be closed to car traffic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and free for roaming, cycling, and much, much more. Keep an eye out for public art, including music and dance performances, and this weekend, get tips from the International Center of Photography, or try your hand at bookmaking. Oh, and did we mention there will be free food and drink samples?

Something for the weeknight

Start your week with books and beers at the Franklin Park reading series. On the second Monday of every month, the indoor-outdoor bar in Crown Heights holds free talks by emerging and established writers. This month, the lineup includes Angie Cruz (“Dominicana”), Xuan Juliana Wang (“Home Remedies”), Julia Phillips (“Disappearing Earth”), Leland Cheuk (“No Good Very Bad Asian”) and Annabel Graham (“No Tokens”). Gather on one of the long benches in front of the bar, grab a drink any time, or even order a burger from Dutch Boy, the attached burger joint. You knew reading was cool; this series is proof.

Something from a reader

If the 13-mile biking itinerary we outlined leaves you wanting more, Allison B., a Summer reader from Clinton Hill, has an idea for how to extend it. From Washington Heights, she recommends crossing over the High Bridge — the oldest bridge in New York City — and then, boom, you’re in another borough. “I’ve spent four years biking through most of Brooklyn and Queens, but this was my first time exploring the Bronx by bike. And wow! So many trails! Not just bike lanes — trails!” Afterward, she advises rewarding yourself with a dip at Orchard Beach and “a picnic under a shady tree.”

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Happening This Week (and Beyond)

Tonight: See a sketch show about dystopia at The Tank.

Tonight through Sunday: The curators of our Culture Calendar want you to know it’s your last chance to see Shakespeare in the Park’s “Coriolanus.”

Sunday through Aug. 16: The Battery Dance Festival brings dozens of free dance performances to Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park.


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