Brooklyn Daily Eagle
If you’re looking for your typical touristy bike tour around Brooklyn, then Get Up and Ride is NOT the tour company for you. Looking to add an edge to the bike tourism scene, the company owned by local residents, aims to create out-of-the-box tour experiences for guests. Their latest endeavor? The Brooklyn Pulse: Urban Art and Culture Tour, which gives guests a full experience of visiting some of north Brooklyn’s funky and colorful industrial canvases, as well as a collective art gallery along the way.
“We named the tour The Brooklyn Pulse because we wanted guests to literally feel the pulse of north Brooklyn’s emerging underground culture in Williamsburg and Bushwick,” said Felipe Lavelle, owner of Get Up and Ride. “These are the two centers of Brooklyn’s new creative arts scene. In fact, we had one of our tour guides James Q, who is also a local musician design the tour. He has a personal relationship with the up-and-coming arts and culture scene in the area, and knows what to look for. Guests can rest assured knowing that their experience is fresh and authentic.”
So what can bikers expect along the way? For starters, the tour is between 2.5-3 hours and features many industrial roads that can be rugged at times. Starting in Bushwick and then a visit to Williamsburg, cyclists will ride past and receive commentary on over 50 original works by 40 international and local street artists. Mediums for the art ranges from spray paint to wheat pastes.
Mixed-in with the arts scene is also a comprehensive overview of the area’s music scene including discovery of North Brooklyn’s coolest music venues, unique performance spaces and underground independent cinemas.
Add in a dash of culture with a comprehensive look into the history and artistic culture in the area, guests are sure to work up an appetite. Never fear, Get Up and Ride has you covered. Enjoy stops for beverages in a local Bushwick raw chocolate factory, and tacos at a traditional tortelleria.
The Brooklyn Pulse Tour begins running on Monday August 19th and runs at 3:00pm on select afternoons. Tickets are $49 and include bike rental. Guests interested can visit Get Up and Ride for more tour information.