Looking for a great way to really explore a city in ways that most locals do not even do? That’s what I and thousands of other walkers did last weekend in New York City.
Almost 4,000 women and men set off at 6:30am on Saturday morning to walk 39 miles throughout NYC in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Our path took us through many areas of Manhattan: Harlem, the Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Flatiron and Meatpacking Districts, Soho, Chinatown, Alphabet City, Stuyvesant Town and so many more. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn and came back across the Manhattan Bridge where the walk continued up to Randall’s Island. The path was 26.2 miles long on day 1; 13.1 miles on day 2 for a total of 39.3 miles.
The path was not blocked off for us walkers, so we joined the thousands of New Yorkers out on the streets on a beautiful fall weekend. We passed carts of every food type on city corners; saw hundreds of dogs running through city parks and leashed on the sidewalks; and crossed countless streets dodging many yellow taxi cabs. We saw markets and stores from dirty little holes in the wall to the ultra-luxury; bums sleeping on park benches to the uber-rich in their expensive cars. From sunrise to sunset we walked and walked and walked.
What a wonderful (though exhausting!) way to see a city. How many locals of NYC can say that they’ve seen all of these neighborhoods on foot?
This is my third such on-foot experience in a major city. I’ve walked through Washington DC, San Francisco and now New York City. Once you’ve walked this many miles through a city, you feel a very special kinship with it.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is held in 9 cities each year. If you’d like to experience a city in a way that few people do, join me next year and be a part of the Smart Women Travelers team! It’s a life-changing experience!
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