Pros: Central Park, Prospect Park, the views from the Brooklyn Bridge, bike share.
Cons: Bus drivers, tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge, overzealous cops writing tickets.

New York City is not a cycling city for the meek. Yes, the loops at Prospect Park and Central Park are relatively bucolic (as long as you ride them when cars are forbidden), but it's actually getting to them that's the tough part. Perhaps you could use some advice first. But for those brave enough to face the streets, there are miles of bike lanes and enjoyable rides along both rivers. When the city itself becomes too much, both Long Island and Westchester are only a bridge away. The new bike share program just allocates rides of 30 minutes or less, but the influx of more bikes should itself increase advocacy.