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.
While Mrs. BD and I are planning all of our Spring and early summer weekend day hikes from the Hudson Highlands, to the Berkshires, to the White Mountains, the Bulldog and I are working on a plan for the Third Annual Maggie's Farm Urban Hike.
Hiking amongst rocks and trees is fine, but there is far more stuff to look at in the city.
It will be Manhattan again because we have not tramped every inch of the wonder-filled olde island yet. We have fun with New Yorkers on these hikes, but the out-of-towners get the best intro to the real city on foot on ten-mile hikes through all sorts of neighborhoods. People from all over have joined us in the past - very nice Maggie's friends. Good fun for all, if a bit hectic.
Our last hike went from the Lower East Side to Grant's Tomb, and included most of the length of Central Park. It was about a 12-mile hike.
When we're done, maybe Brooklyn next. Who knows? To me, Brooklyn beyond Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, the BAM, and Junior's, is a mysterious foreign country. Oh, also Peter Luger's - everybody's favorite old-time steakhouse. Cobble Hill used to be so mobbed-up that nobody ever locked their car there. Now, I don't know. Probably all hipsters now. Did you know that if Brooklyn were still a separate city, it would be the 4th largest city in the USA?
For tentative plans (no date set), we're thinking Chinatown west to Tribeca, then uptown thru the West Village (which I love as does everybody), maybe the High Line, then uptown past Clement Moore's church (Chelsea was the name of his family farm and his family owned all of what is now known as Chelsea), maybe as far up as possible. I'd love to get to Hamilton's farmhouse in Hamilton Heights. Probably would take too long unless on horseback. (He used to commute from his law offices downtown to his farmhouse, up Broadway on horseback, on weekends.)
I wonder if we could get to the Cloisters. Likely not. It's not the crow's fly distance, it's the zigzags and the stoplights and the food and the bathroom stops.
Stop at The Waylon in Hell's Kitchen. Country Bar owned by my cousin's husband. They have country music every day (and fried pickles) During football season it's a Manhattan Green Bay Packer bar. How could you possibly go wrong?
What great timing for this post! We are finishing an East Coast college tour with two of our kids. Today we have a day off in NYC and I was hoping to figure out something more interesting that Midtown Manhattan or Chinatown. (When my husband and I come, I shop or visit art museums, but the kids don't want to do that.)
We are going to take advantage of the perfect weather, beat the rain and do the High Line. Great reminder. We would love to come on your tour, by the way, and so send out a date soon!
Terrific morning! We were out with the masses enjoying the spectacular New York morning. We've been eating all week so the kids just got a gelato at Chelsea Market. I WISH I could have gotten excited about eating somewhere down there. Thanks again for the tip. Hope to join you for one of your urban hikes.
Sounds like a great idea and I only wish my son still lived in Manhattan---now in Houston---so I could find an excuse to join you all. I've walked all over Manhattan over the years in bits and pieces....never cared for the High Line---just too many people on an artificial high structure for my tastes----but adore The Cloisters and that upper West Side area with views of the Hudson River.
A number of years ago, I participated for several years in a two-day hike around most of Washington, D.C. and loved it...met some terrific people---all liberals sadly. We started out on the Potomac River at a boathouse off Canal in west D.C., hiked up and along the ridge line on the Capital Crescent Trail, then over across Rock Creek Park, and on to parts of D.C. I was unfamiliar with. At one point we were ferried across the Anacostia River to Anacostia where we visited old needle and drug parks---near Marvin Gaye's old stomping grounds---which had been restored into pristine nature parks, then as well as Fredrick Douglas' homeplace.
We ended up near Reagan Airport.
Urban walking tours are among the best ways I know to embrace a city, especially if the weather is decent. Sounds like a great idea wish--- I could be there.