NYC Newbie rider suggestions on paths?
I'm a very newbie rider in NYC. I only got interested in riding because I had a blast at last summer's Summer Street event where they closed streets in NYC, and I got to rent a free bike to ride from lower Manhattan into Central Park, and all around Central Park. Other than that, the last time I went riding was as a kid doing circles in a park.
But I finally decided to purchase a folding bike and do some more riding. But what paths are good for such beginners? Riding on the streets with the cars is definitely out of the question at this time due to my very woobly skills (I can ride fine, but starting up is a pain for me - or it can possibly be because the bike I rented was a tad too tall for me). I'm thinking Central Park, and NYC Greenway (though I never went there before). Any other safe paths worth taking? And especially since it's January right now, I don't want to be on icy road or a completely isolated road with no one around) I would be starting in lower manhattan.
Usually, what months are best for riding in NYC? Thanks.