Traveling friends – I have to share these great new books with you. Everyone who knows me, knows I love to explore a city on foot. Often the walks I take are my best memories.
But I don’t want to waste my time in unattractive or unsafe areas.
Two California travelers have teamed up and written about their favorite walks in San Francisco, Paris, New York, London and Chicago in a series of Power Hiking books. They are organized by neighborhood, with detailed maps and color photos on every page.
For my trip to New York City next week, I’m carrying along their pocket size guide (only 6″ square)to fourteen great walks through the parks, neighborhoods and by iconic buildings of Manhattan.
First walk on my list is: The Highline, on the north side of Greenwich Village, where elevated trains used to run, is now a linear greenway high above the city streets. Starting in the Meat Packing District, it extends into Chelsea and along the Hudson River.
If the weather cooperates, my second walk will follow Chapter 13; Uptown through Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters, Columbia University, Morningside Park, and Uptown Broadway.
The authors, Carolyn Hanson and Cathleen Peck, have walked every step and documented the history, art, architecture and world-renown restaurants.
How did they do it? Carolyn takes the photos with a digital camera and Cathleen measured the distances with a hand-held GPS.
The walks can be divided into less strenuous excursions with more time devoted to wandering through museums, parks and historical monuments.