I took the RFK (nee Triborough) Bridge into Manhattan today and am pleased to report that there is major construction (well, major construction for a bike path). Without knowing for sure, it seems, to my amateur eyes, that they are in the process of removing all the stairs on the top part of the path over Hell Gate (between Astoria and Ward Island). In the meantime, there are lots of stairs.
Also, the bridge is very passable. There was snow in the morning that could be ridden over with care and by the afternoon it had all mostly melted.
The south side of the to-Harlem part of the bridge (between Manhattan and Randalls Island) is closed for almost all of 2009. North side is open.
And of course, be careful coming back in the Astoria for the bump toward the end of the downhill that once got me.
And, uh, oh yeah, don't forget it's forbidden to ride your bike on the bike path.