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Hyggehiking Bronx Forests, Islands, & Aqueducts

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This hike is pay-what-you-can. (Suggested: $20) • Venmo @stevenmdean • Paypal @stevedean • Cashapp $stevenmdean
On Saturday May 11th, we'll be traversing the forests, gardens, hills, islands, and aqueducts of the Bronx, starting at Wave Hill Gardens and ending with dinner on City Island. Bring your adventure shoes! Here's my Google Maps list of the specific places we'll endeavor to traverse: We won't make it to every location on the list, but I encourage you to explore and revisit them whenever you please! FYI this is a 12-hour stroll, and you are free to join us at *any* point in the day 🙌 All RSVP'd "yes" and "maybe" attendees will receive a link at 10am to my realtime location for the entire day, along with my phone number, so you can see exactly where we are on google maps and call me directly if you need help 🤗 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 🌿 About 🌿 Hygge means "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." "Hyggehiking" is my own special blend, where we engage in that conviviality while trekking through green spaces throughout our city. I host Hygge gatherings so we can come together to make new friends, discuss fun projects we're eager to work on, dive into deep, thoughtful discussions, and meet people who can help make NYC feel like a smaller, closer-knit community. We bring our friends, family, coworkers, anyone we think would enjoy spending the day alongside a variety of curious souls. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 🗺️ ITINERARY 🗺️ 10am-1pm — Wave Hill Gardens ✨ This spot has some of my favorite trees in NYC, beautiful views of the Hudson, and surprisingly good food. Their spring blooms are 🤌🤌🤌. This is the only element of the hike with an entry cost ($10). 1pm-4pm — Van Cortlandt Park, Old Croton Aqueduct, Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest ✨ Yes, Van Cortlandt Park is a real place, not just a mythical destination marker on MTA's 1 train. Let's wander through its trails! We may happen upon horse stables and scenic rock outcroppings. 4pm-8pm — Pelham Bay Park, Two Tree Island, Orchard Beach, Turtle Cove Golf Center ✨ Yes, there's also a park at the end of MTA's 6 train! And yes, the Bronx has at least once beach, and we're gonna try to find it. If our feet need a break, we can avail ourselves of nearby batting cages and driving ranges. 8pm-10pm — City Island Fishing Village, Seafood City ✨ I somehow managed to find a food court in City Island, so I want to check it out. There are arcade games and outdoor seating right by the water, so hopefully we'll get a nice warm evening. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 🎒WHAT TO BRING🎒 • comfy shoes • seeds, nuts, bird calls • jacket • light blanket • friends 🥰 • cash • sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 👋🏼ABOUT YOUR HOST👋🏼 I'm Steve Dean, an NYC-based* community builder, dating industry consultant, relationship coach, and host of a variety of events. *I'll be moving to Philly on June 1, 2024 to be closer to bio fam nearby, and to build a cozy coliving community with chosen fam in West Philly across two adjacent homes with shared yards! We've got 4 of us together already, with space for 4 more. Let me know if you (and/or a friend) may be moving and think it would be rad to live together! Connect with me anytime through my website, Dateworking (, or on Instagram ( I've also started blogging regularly on substack as part of dating & relationship library I'm building up: If particularly curious, venture to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 💸 TIP YOUR GUIDE 💸 Help me keep running these! Venmo: @stevenmdean PayPal: @stevedean CashApp: $stevenmdean
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