Tips for Roosevelt Islanders

June 25/26 – Free Things Near Roosevelt Island This Weekend

Updated 3 years ago Peter McCarthy
Sirens Motorcycle Club/NYC Gay Pride Parade
Sirens Motorcycle Club/NYC Gay Pride Parade
Credit: David Shankbone/Wikimedia

What great things can Roosevelt Islanders do for free this weekend?

First, the bad news – as far as we can find out, there will be no World Naked Bike Ride in New York City, this year. The event protests indecent exposure to exhaust fumes... But lift that disappointed frown into a smile. Here are three great ideas for the weekend, and not one of them will cost you a cent.

  • Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Hallets Cove Public Walkup Paddling, 31-2 Vernon Blvd, Astoria. Location is just past Socrates Sculpture Park. Have you seen the kayaks navigating the waters around Roosevelt Island? If so, there's a good chance, they were part of a Long Island City Community Boathouse event. The Public Walkup is free, although donations are gratefully accepted. Click here for details.  Catch a Q102 from Roosevelt Island or take a 25 minute walk along Vernon Boulevard.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., The Battery Fair, Battery Park, Manhattan. Celebrate the grand opening of the Battery Oval at an event planned to recognize "our region's biodiversity and its emerging food and plant producers. The two acre lawn becomes a marketplace for producers and ideas. Plus, the other recreational options of Battery Park are all around you. Click here for additional details. Take the Tram or the F Train (one stop) and get a free transfer to a Brooklyn Bound 4 Train at 59th Street. Exit: Bowling Green. Total trip: 30-40 minutes.

  • Sunday, Gay Pride Parade, Noon Start on Fifth Avenue at 36th Street. Although it's really a march commemorating the Stonewall riots, you'd never know it from fun and enthusiasm radiating from the marchers through the crowd of onlookers along the sidewalks. Awareness has been expanded to include all of the LGBTQ community. Don't be surprised if your feet and legs start dancing in unison with the music blasting out from the floats as the participants travel down Fifth Avenue all the way to 8th Street before turning right and continuing on past Stonewall, ending at Greenwich Street in the Village. All you need is your best attitude, an open mind and a love for life and liberation. State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright invites you to step up behind her banner for this event. To join her contingent, call (212) 288-4607 or email

With no rain in the forecast and temperatures in the 80s all weekend, you should be able to enjoy any or all of these events without a hitch. Like it or not, Monday will be here soon enough. Enjoy the sunny interval.
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