Old Brooklyn Waterworks Bike Tour Nov. 2

Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will lead a 15-mile bicycle tour of the now defunct water supply that served the once-independent City of Brooklyn.

The system which was built in the 19th century, brought fresh water from Queens and Long Island into New York City.

It was largely abandoned after Brooklyn was consolidated into the city in 1898, and its components — pipes, reservoirs, pumping stations, and wells were dismantled, built over or repurposed. But some remnants and ruins still exist, and can be seen if you know where to look.

The first part of this ride will be at a leisurely average of 10 mph, and the second half, at 12 mph. The total ride time is two and a half hours, for a total of 15 miles. Therefore, medium level riders are welcome!

How to dress: If it’s 50 degrees like it was today, best to bring a pair of gloves, a hat, a medium weight jacket, and layers underneath. Tights or capris are recommended. Layer up for cooler temperatures.

To see more pics of previous rides, check out the photos on Flickr by TomBrooklyn.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11 AM

Cost: $25 plus a small fee for eventbrite processing. Students and educators email mm1566@nyu.edu for education discount code.

The tour meets at the Ridgewood Reservoir. To get there by bicycle from Manhattan, click on this link. You can use the same link to figure out how to arrive by mass transit.

Getting to the meeting location by bicycle, from Manhattan. Also see link in the text.

The ride will last about 3 hours and cover about 15 miles.

Where the tour will be meeting

Bring your own (functional) bike and a sandwich.

To register or request more information see http://oldbkwaterworksbike5.eventbrite.com/

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