New York City is one of America's most walkable cities, full of interesting attractions all built on a pedestrian level. No wonder almost 70% of New York City residents do not own a car.
Here are a few walking suggestions when you visit the city:
- Central Park. Take a walk around beautiful Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1858. Observe the locals as they walk, jog, in-line skate and bicycle around Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. To find out more about the park, check out www.centralparknyc.org.
- The Brooklyn Bridge. Built in 1883, this landmark bridge was built for a pedestrian-oriented society and it is still a great place to walk today. The footbridge provides spectacular views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and the bridge itself is an architectural wonder.
- Museums. There are 150 wonderful museums in the city, but here are a few that you can easily walk between. First go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, which covers 5,000 years of cultural history. Then walk west through Central Park to The American Museum of Natural History, with the Rose Center for Earth and Space featuring the Hayden Planetarium next door. From dinosaur fossils to the wonders of space, this museum is the place to visit.
- Shopping along Fifth & Madison Avenue.Walk up Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue from 59th to 72nd Streets. Fifth is more residential; Madison is lined with exclusive stores; both have magnificent buildings. Walk the side streets to see rows of fine brownstone buildings.
- Greenwich Village. Don't miss Stanford White's Washington Arch at the Fifth Avenue (northern, or uptown) side of Washington Square Park. Have an espresso in a Bleecker Street coffee shop or an ethnic meal at any number of Thai, Indian, French, Polish, Japanese, Afghani, etc., restaurants. Listen to jazz at the Blue Note or Sweet Basil.
- Soho. While in the downtown area, wander through SoHo with its stylish art galleries, boutiques, and bistros housed in historic cast iron buildings among cobblestone streets.
These and other New York visitor itineraries are available at the New York Convention and Tourism web site at www.nycvisit.com.
Another interesting way to "discover" wonderful parts of New York City that perhaps you never knew existed is to take part in Take a Walk, New York. This program, organized by the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition, leads walking tours through interesting parts of the five boroughs of the City and helps improve your health at the same time. All walks are free.
To learn more, check out www.walkny.org.