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.
Seems like we'll be a small, intrepid group. Here's our tentative route, as of now, via Bulldog:
Meet at South Ferry – Battery Park 10 am, Sat. Oct. 18
Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl Street North to NYSE, Trinity Place, WTC Turn east to South Street Seaport North and West To City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge North to Five Points Chinatown (At this point, just walking, we’ve covered 3.7 and it’s taken 1 hour 16 minutes without stops. I figure about 2 ½ hours with stops. So it would be about noon, good time for a snack if we start at 10am) West to Soho Cooper Union McSorley’s (assuming we’ve made some stops, pictures, chatted, noodles in Chinatown it would be about 1pm) Washington Square Park, West Village (Stonewall Inn?? Shelagh thought that would be a funny stop to make given the overall political bend of Maggie’s) White Horse Tavern Union Square Gramercy Park Flatiron (By now, we’ve covered 8.7 miles and it would be about 3 or 3:30 if we stop at McSorley’s) Empire State Building NY Public Library Times Square Carnegie Hall Columbus Circle (assuming stops, it would be 4:30-5pm now and we’ve covered 11 miles)
Starting at ten in the morning seems pretty late to me, so I won't be making the trip to NYC next weekend to join you. It would be worth doing if so much of the day hadn't already passed. I'm fine with the distance, every weekend we walk more than fifteen miles daily, at least eight miles each weekday. It would be different if we lived just outside the city area, too much travel time to NYC and back for a shortened day hike. I hope you all enjoy the day, should be fun!
My apologies but I have to take a raincheck for the next event. A dear friend who is helping to reforest NY state has invited me to a tree planting at her farm, 2 times a year. NYS reduced its woodland cover to about 10% at the end of ww2. We are back to about 25 now but every little bit helps. Will not miss the next event, in support of your superb site. Thanks. Jonathan Rubinstein