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Wouldn’t you like to walk on water? Well, over water, to be precise. Lace up those Pumas, pump those arms and hit the pavement with the guys from BurnSomeDust in their epic quest to traverse all of New York City’s beloved bridges in one day — May 24th, to be exact. That’s 32 miles — and 20 bridges — of cable-bound glory, all under the soles of your feet.

Does the distance seem daunting? Tag along on one of the many training walks the duo has planned up until the big day. Note that there’s no walk this weekend; the resume Saturday, March 29th. Even if you can’t make the big day, the training walks are perfect for seeing the city from this unique perspective.


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Budding trees and gloveless days … Spring lurks right around the corner. Sadly, Spring’s arrival means bidding a fond farewell to gilded blades gliding across freshly Zamboni’d ice. Wollman Rink in Central Park closes up shop this Sunday, March 16th. With the weather looking decent, there’s still time for a few more whirls before putting on your skate guards for the last time until next season. Head over post-dinner on Saturday night for a date sure to get you blade.

Admission is $12 and skate rental is $5. No credit cards. Open Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-9pm.

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Being carless in NYC does not mean enduring a ski-less season. Hit the slopes care of Emilio’s Ski Shop, which hosts day trips to nearby resorts for under $100. Based in Forest Hills Queens, Emilio’s offers at least one trip per day during peak season and boasts three pick-up locations in Brooklyn, one in Queens and another in Manhattan. Why deal with the hassle and the expense of renting a car when you can be chauffeured essentially door-to-mountain? Only downside: you have to wake up practically before you’ve gone to bed (first pick-up is at 3:30am). But it’s worth it for a taste of that sweet, cold powder.

Do you know the street value of this mountain???

Click here for details and pick-up locations.

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Dust off that BMX for the annual Five Borough Bike Tour (this year sponsored by Commerce Bank). Hardcore cyclists, weekend warriors and pedaling novices all take to the streets for this 42-mile ride through each one of New York City’s boroughs. Haven’t stepped on a bike since Reagan was president? No worries! The route is mostly flat with the exception of a few bridges (the Verranzano’s a bitch) and the last couple miles are actually your trip back on the Staten Island ferry. The stop in the Bronx is rather unexciting as you literally ride in and out in under a mile. Despite that minor disappointment, the ride allows you to see the city in a wonderful, car-free way — even the FDR closes for the bikers. Have some extra fun by pimping out your bike, getting a group to do a theme or adding some sort of fun twist to your ride. I brought mini speakers in my basket and played some tunes to get the blood pumping. People would ride up next to me just to catch some music.

The ride does not take place until Sunday, May 4th, but registration is open now. Early registration is $43 before March 28th (it increases to $55 afterwards. Registration details can be found here.

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