We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This new walkway sure is a popular item. It's an old elevated railroad line which ran down to the meat-packing district. It's been converted to a walkway with private donations, and it is not complete yet - it will run uptown all the way to the Javits convention center.
Part of its appeal, I think, is that you can really see the sweep of the city up here, instead of just sidewalks and storefronts. You can see the architecture - industrial and otherwise. Views of the Hudson, and a good distant view of the Statue of Liberty out in the harbor.
If you don't care for heights, the Greenway is another popular walking, running, and people-watching route. The staid East Side of Manhattan is lifeless, these days.