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.
Funny to be mentioning the Urban Hike. It's been a long time. We were trying to plan out an Upper Manhattan/Bronx hike last year (much more technically difficult than it may seem), but if we do get to have a hike again, maybe it will be in the fall of 2021. I hope so. I'm thinking movie sites or movie-related sites - which could be very engaging.
I told Mrs. Bulldog that I had found this and decided it was a place we had to visit. Normally, Mrs. Bulldog isn't very interested in this sort of thing, but one thing made me realize she had to go with me.
Basically, this is the real-life story of The Heiress (or, if you want the modern version Washington Square). The Heiress had a great cast, a great story, and was very well done (not that Washington Square was awful or had a bad cast).
Untapped New York struck a chord today, by publishing this little item, which we could have "visited" on the last Urban Hike. Those of you with us on that hike may remember standing on the hillside of Coogan's Bluff, just north of 155th Street, which leads to Macombs Dam Bridge, and hearing the brief commentary about walking down to the Polo Grounds from that spot.
The Urban Hike is very much on my mind and I hope we have a chance to run another one this Fall (and then get back on a Spring schedule in 2022). Movies, and movie-related, sites may be a fun source of material. Any thoughts or suggestions from our regulars - or from anyone hoping to join?
We stopped short of Greenpoint/Williamsburg when we did Brooklyn. Reached the old Navy Yard, then turned south and then East.
Williamsburg/Greenpoint might be a nice area to cover, along with Astoria and (possibly) Roosevelt Island. I've ridden my bike over the 59th St Bridge many times - never walked it (not even sure you can).
On Broadway at Inwood there is an old carburetor shop that has a triumphal arch in the back. Always wondered about that. Also there is a fairly picturesque deserted sandy beach in Inwood Park, just East of the railroad bridge. A deserted beach on the isle of Manhattan.
You could take the tramway from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, then walk north and take the bridge to Astoria (it has a sidewalk on the north side). There may even be a free shuttlebus from the island to Astoria. A short walk north brings you to the Noguchi Museum ..(Buckminster Fuller's grand-daughter used to work there!).. and the waterfront Socrates Sculpture park; another half dozen blocks is where you can catch the ferry to Wall Street.