The 2017 Four Days of the Festival


Day One

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On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the first day of the 8th annual New York City Unicycle Festival, unicyclist numbering 14 set out from the starting point location in the photo at the southern most point of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway cycling path. The path begins just across the street from Battery park. The path follows along western coast of Manhattan along side  the Hudson River.  The group enjoyed a scenic ride north along the path to emerge on to the streets after passing through Riverside Park. They then traveled east through the street to enter Central Park where the group proceeded to ride south on the park drive making a lunch time rest stop at the Columbus Circle park exit area. After lunch the group continued south down Broadway to stop in the center of Time Square for a group photo. From there, the group traveled west through the midtown streets returning to the Waterfront Greenway Cyling path for the return trip back to Battery Park.

Day Two

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Day two of the festival featured the customary annual afternoon traverse of the Brooklyn Bridge in celebration of Brooklyn Unicycle Day. A total of 48 individual unicyclists crossed over the bridge from the borough of Manhattan onto the borough of Brooklyn. From the foot of the bridge the entire group proceeded to make their way via the on street bicycle lanes over to Grand Army Plaza (pictured above). The entire group crossed the plaza to ride the length of Prospect Park and along the Ocean Parkway protected cycling path down to Coney Island. At Coney Island after fueling up at the Nathans Famous restaurant, the group assembled for a couple of group photos taken by Norman Blake.

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Day Three

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On day three of the festival, unicyclists and non unicyclists alike were treated to a plethora of unicycle festivities on Governors Island. The day one on Governors Island as always well attended. Throughout the day unicycle activities were in perpetual motion with background music provided by D.J. Sky King. If you check out the photographs you will get a sense some of the goings on. From unicycle basketball, to unicycle sumo wrestling, to people in the learning center, to all of the unicycle performances and workshops. There were plenty of prizes passed out to the lucky winners at the annual raffle. A full day of fun and entertainment was witnessed by all who attended and participated.

Day Four

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Day four of the festival was hampered by a morning down pour of rain that significantly reduced attendance to the festival and to Gorvernors Island on a whole. But that did not stop the the festival from carrying on. Mother Nature was kind so, by afternoon the dismal weather cleared up and the sun emerged onto the few unicyclists that did show up. Despite not having the crowds of the day before, all who attended managed to have a great time enjoying a day of unicycling on and around the island. If you have never been to one of the the unicycle festival I invite you to come out next year. The unicycle festival is quite expensive to put on every year so donations are more than welcome. If you would like to support the festival financially or by volunteering, please visit the New York Unicycle Festival website to find out how you can be a part of next years festival. If you have some time, you can always check out past festival photographs as well as the event photo albums from through out the year on the New York Unicycle Club Flickr site.

Ken Springle - Ken Springle @ October 9, 2017

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