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Brooks “Metropolitan Detour” Series Visits New York City

Cycling in the city can lead one to adventure: your bike gives you the freedom to avoid busy roads, explore hidden destinations and create your own special map. Or simply skip the fastest route, in favour of one more pleasant and relaxing. Gliding hither and thither, through gridlock and throng, and making a stylish statement while so doing.

The Brooks Metropolitan Detours are a collection of routes shared from the viewpoint of select individuals in London, New York, and Berlin. Their purpose – to inspire and motivate us all to appreciate the fairest side of cycling from time to time. That being, discovery. 

Around Manhattan and over the Williamsburg Bridge, 
a day in New York with a bon vivant.

Kyle’s Detour

1. SoulCycle
12 E 18th St New York, NY 10003
SoulCycle is an indoor-cycling dance party, whose beat-matched choreography inspired me to exercise regularly. Funny enough, it also inspired my love of outdoor cycling by instilling a desire to keep on pedalling.

2. Cocktail Kingdom
36 W 25th St, 5th Floor New York, NY 10010
Cocktail Kingdom is a modern mixologist’s one-stop shop for premium bar tools, glassware, ingredients. You might even get to peruse their massive collection of vintage cocktail books.

3. Fellow Barber
33 Crosby St New York, NY 10013
Today’s craft bartender should maintain a look befitting of their bespoke cocktails. Also, handy for a regular imbiber like myself, they offer a restorative hangover treatment.

4. Williamsburg Bridge
33 Crosby St New York, NY 10013
The quintessential New York suspension bridge, and a perfectly designed bike path. It links my two stomping grounds of the lower east side, and Brooklyn, and I ride it daily along with thousands of other Brooklynites.

5. Smorgasburg
33 Crosby St New York, NY 10013
The market for foodie lovers, and a regular Saturday morning favourite outside in the summer sun, and as winter rolls in it gets tucked away in nearby Industrial City in Sunset Park. Whether I’m picking up antique cocktail equipment in the flea market, or fresh ingredients for my latest mix, it’s the perfect spot.

6. Lighthouse
145 Borinquen Place, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Honest, sincere food and drink. I’ve frequented Lighthouse’s weekend brunch for their awesome Chilaquiles. Better yet, stop by in the evening for dinner and enjoy one of their clever cocktails alongside a seasonally inspired dish.

“ The world is too big to live small. Explore potential, pursue passion and sign the bar tab of life with the pen of possibility.”

About Kyle

Kyle Ford is a modern bon vivant. Residing in Manhattan, he is the co-owner of Ford Mixology Lab, a cocktail consultancy. He also promotes the spirited life via Collectif 1806, a nation-wide community of craft bartenders.

Kyle is recognized by the United States Bartenders Guild as a Spirits Professional and holds a Level 1 with the Court of Master Sommeliers. An award winning mixologist, Kyle has been featured on VH1, Good Day LA, Fox & Friends, and in the Wall Street Journal. He’s also contributed recipes to publications such as Vogue, Wine Enthusiast, Nylon, SOMA and American Way.

A part-time dandy, Kyle can often be found pedalling around New York with a sport coat and bow-tie. Exploring New York by bicycle helps him connect to the city’s kinetic energy and plays an important role in his creative inspiration.


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