>Central park is really a fun place to go when the weather’s nice. Even
>though it gets crowded at times, it’s fantastic that there are almost
>always so many walk-ins and first-timers willing to give a unicycle a
>whirl. The atmosphere’s pretty energetic and it’s neat to sometimes sit
>back and peoplewatch.
There certainly is a lot to be said for the Bandshell area of Central
Park. One add’l item is that we have recruited some members just bc they
were walking by and spotted us there. These ppl have been both former
unicyclists who decided to start up again or ppl who had never ridden
before but who became interested after trying one of our spare unis for
awhile. I should add, tho, that I don’t think that this method of
“recruiting” has added too many serious members of the club, but there
is always the chance.
>From what I understand, CP was the site of a different NYC unicycle club
>years and years ago.
True. John Foss organized the first (I think) and only other (I think)
uni club. John, please fill us in on some details. I know the club
basically disbanded (dis-bandshelled?) about a dozen years ago when John
moved away. I remember hooking up with the club (along with my brother)
many years ago, just once. There was a guy who appeared to be riding a
circular table with pedals on either side, an attached seat, and rubber
around the rimi of the huge ‘wheel.’ I think there was also a multi-wheel
uni, as well as some other odd items.
from what I understand, the former club, not benefiting from the internet,
had a smaller membership (we average about 20 riders) and met even less
frequently than we do (we meet 2-3 times a month). I wish I’d known more
about that old club – I’d be a better rider today if I’d been more
involved back then.
>Grant’s Tomb has a flatter surface and there’s generally less people
>walking into your way. It doesn’t have the same energy nor the
>conveniently located food vendors, though. It’s a better skills
>practice area, but then again, I do not have that much trouble finding
>empty, relatively flat parking lots.
GT is wonderful, and there are occasional vendors when the weather
improves. It’s also really easy to find parking up there and is closer and
easier to reach (and park at) for some of our members, which is why it’s
nice to vary the venue. We are also about to add a time in Brooklyn’s
Prospect Park. I just scouted a great location yesterday, and there are
quite a few of us coming from Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, so it’ll
be nice for those members (including me) not to have to travel so far.
Come out and join us! E-mail me if you want more info.
Co-founder, Unatics of NY
1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday