Exploring New York: Adventures with Citi Bike

Bike sharing is new to New York City this year, and there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Citi Bike program. Unfortunately I hadn’t gotten around to trying one out yet before yesterday, since they don’t have a docking station in my neighborhood (or anywhere in Queens). So how was it? Read on for my review…

Citi Bike, Bike Sharing NYC

I hadn’t been on a bike in years, but what could be a more perfect way to burn off an indulgent brunch? So I downloaded the free Citi Bike app and located a docking station nearby in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We found one a short walk away at the corner of Wythe Street and North 3rd Street, where we went to purchase day passes and unlock our bikes.

Citi Bike, Bike Sharing NYC

Using the Citi Bike kiosk was a bit confusing. At first, it didn’t accept my credit card but after three tries our purchase finally went through. The day pass for a Citi Bike is $10, which means you can ride it in 30 minute increments for a 24-hour period. You are also required to put down a $50 deposit per bike, which will be held against your credit card. If you want to ride the bike for more than 30 minutes, you can simply dock and then unlock the bike again and time resets, or you can go over for an extra charge (all the pricing details can be found here).

Citi Bike, Bike Sharing NYC

After selecting the lucky bike that was to be mine for the next 30 minutes, I hopped on and started cruising around Brooklyn. We biked into Greenpoint, through a warehouse district where we could see the waterfront. The neighborhood had pretty good bike lanes so there were limited near-death experiences. It was a great place to try out bike sharing for someone who is inexperienced with riding a bike in the city!

Citi Bike, Bike Sharing NYC Citi Bike, Bike Sharing NYC

When our 30 minutes were up, we simply returned the bikes to the station and were on our way, a little sweatier and a few calories lighter. The neat thing about the Citi Bike program is that you can drop the bike off at ANY station. So you could pick it up in Brooklyn and bike to Manhattan with no concerns about bike locks, parking, etc. If you enjoy biking, then it’s the perfect affordable and eco-friendly alternative to a taxi or subway ride on a nice day – for tourists and daily commuters alike!

Of course my number one concern knowing I was going bike riding was what I was going to wear. I opted for skinny stretch cargo pants from JustFab (c/o), Keds sneakers (c/o) and my Brandy Melville backpack. The bikes do have a space for your handbag where you can strap it in, but I thought having a backpack was more convenient.

I’ve seen so many street style shots of girls wearing a skirt or dress biking, but it just didn’t seem like the best idea to me! I’d recommend jeans or pants with some stretch in them so you can move around and a loose, breathable top. Here are some Citi Bike-ready outfit ideas:

Stylish Biking Outfits

tops: La Garconne // Steffen Schraut // Rails

bottoms: LOFT // Blank Denim // Cheap Monday

shoes: Franco Sarto | Keds | Sam Edelman

Have you used Citi Bike or another bike sharing program? Do share!

Exploring New York: A Hidden Sweet Spot in Union Square

One of the best places to spend an afternoon in New York City is Union Square.  Enjoy people watching at The Coffee Shop, snacking on taquitos and guacamole at Tortaria, and shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket  before you head to my favorite hidden gem: Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit.

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Union Square, NYC Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Union Square, NYC Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Union Square, NYC

Located just off the square on the corner of 17th Street and Broadway, Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit serves up delicious frozen treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Their soft serve is made with only three ingredients: fruit, water and organic cane sugar. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, fat-free and major allergen-free – and will cost you less than 90 calories to boot. It’s the perfect refreshing treat after a long afternoon of wandering the city streets!

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Union Square, NYC

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Union Square, NYC

Select from flavors like banana, mango, pear, strawberry, and blueberry and then finish off with wholesome toppings, including natural peanut butter, sliced almonds, bananas, raw coconut and dark chocolate. If this yummy alternative to frozen yogurt doesn’t draw you in, head to Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit for the chance to spot a celeb: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson are just a few regulars that might stop by.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit 

25 East 17th Street (at Broadway)

New York, NY 10003

(212 675-0550