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.
Just a reminder that the Urban Hike will be Saturday, 9/25. Anyone traveling into NYC or living in the region is welcome. Well, ANYONE is welcome...regardless of where you are, but being in the NYC area certainly helps. I'd do a Zoom of the whole thing, but even that seems a bit much.
Here is the current map. It doesn't have descriptors for all locations, many are just addresses (sorry), I have the descriptors on my spreadsheet to share info as we walk. For some reason, the link opens to the entire US - so just zoom in on Manhattan and you'll see the hike route.
We'll start at the High Line at 10 am (this may be subject to change). Sorry for the early start, but we have a key partner joining us who has to leave early, and I'd like to try to help him get to the main sites before he has to leave. So High Line at 10 am, at the entrance on high line's southern entry on Gansevoort Street.
The theme this year is Greenwich Village. We'll be starting and ending outside of the Village, and seeing some sights outside of its domain (Chinatown, Five Points, etc.), but the hike is a reasonable distance. It's almost 7 miles and without stops it's 2 and a half hours. So let's assume 4 hours, with stops and a bite to eat. We'll find a pizza place, as we always do.
Some of the key highlights: Dylan's house, White Horse Tavern and Ear Inn (been trying to shoehorn these in for years), Cooper Union, McSorley's (some stops are repeats, like Magnolia Bakery), etc. Should be fun.
It's rain or shine, and for anyone worried about rain, I'll just say that Mrs. Bulldog and I agreed that the last hike, in northern Manhattan 2 years ago, was one of the best and it rained the entire time. I'm not sure everyone shares our view, but I sure enjoyed it.
Post-hike, you're on your own, but we have had a habit of finding some place to grab a beer and a chat about what we've done and seen. So feel free to plan ahead. We're just under 2 weeks out and the hike is ON. FWIW, if anyone cares, NYC has a 'no vaccine, no entry' policy in all restaurants. I am not vaccinated (I had covid and am in no rush), and I go into the city regularly. You can eat outside, they make arrangements for that. I've had NO issues with this at all (to be honest, most places I've been in seem awfully pisssed about it, and now that I'm working again, I've been in several times so I know what I'm talking about).
Thanks so much...her name is Julianne, and her finance is Paul.
Plus I live in the Florida Panhandle, so the trip would be a bit much at this time.
However, a Maggie's Farm Urban Hike is definitely on my to-do list.
I have to take a pass this year. It sounds great. A pub crawl that starts at 10 am. Have to love it. However, my boss is taking the missus and me out to dinner that evening, so have to skip it this year. While on Bleecker Street, be sure to stop in at Porto Rico Coffee.
Not sure how many years I've been a Maggie, a bunch for sure. Very active 70 yo still working as an engineering manager at a 5 star resort on the Georgia coast and I'm certain the place would close down if I made the walk.. but you just wait, you'll see me..sigh.
A toast to your good times and good shoes!
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