Where can I ride in New York City and Long Island?
I live in New York however I plan to travel around more rather than rely on a car. I know that "bicycles are allowed on ANY street or road except for Interstate Highways & other "limited access roads". Does this include turnpikes such as Jericho Turnpike? I'm thinking of having my parents bring my bike along in the car when we go to church then change into biking clothes to ride back home while they drive. Luckily, there seems to be side roads that I can use that are less traffic heavy.
Also, are there any areas in the 5 Boroughs (Queens in particular) and Long Island (Between Queens and Nassau County that have great bike routes (Plenty of long descends and ascends and nice, large curves to speed around.)
In my area, there is quite a bit of dirt and gravel on the streets as well as the lack of very smooth streets. Accordingly, I got a cyclocross bike with knobbed tires so I can handle such conditions. Unfortunately, there aren't too much long stretchs that have ascents, descents, and large curves to get into the spirit of road biking.
Any suggestions from fellow cyclists in the NYC and Long Island area?