Manhattan Island: Walk it. Know it.

A lot of people live on Manhattan Island. A lot of people visit it too every year. An estimated average of FIFTY MILLION (50,000,000) visit every year. In 2015 a record number of 60 million visited. So of course there will be people around all the time. Around the clock.

It seems more true than ever that this city never sleeps, even more than Las Vegas. In Las Vegas there are the casinos that keep all those people off the streets and inside. In New York people like being outside, and watching other people.

So if you’re planning a vacation in New York, then make sure you’re prepared.

You can take several walking tours through Manhattan Island. What we’ve done is figure out the subway system. So we found the closet subway station with the help of our concierge at the hotel and took it down to one of end or one side of the island and then walk back.

New York Stock Exchange Manhattan Island
New York Stock Exchange Manhattan Island

Walking is made easy here in on the island compared to other American cities I’ve visited. So bring a good sturdy pair of walking shoes. You can stop anywhere along the way to eat, order tea or coffee, or shop.  Sometimes there are even street benches for you to rest in between attractions.

I always enjoy walking and taking public transit wherever I am visiting. It’s good to get a feeling of the place. I’ve traveled to Australia, Italy, Holland, Belgium, England, and walked through the cities we visited there. I’ve visited several American and Canadian cities for business and walked through parts of them.

Walking is slower, yes, but you SEE so much more of a place when you do.

And interacting with the “natives” is a good thing too. It really is safe to just stop and try to strike up a conversation or say hello when you’re on the streets. This may work better on jogging paths when you briefly acknowledge fellow runners and walkers.

I love mingling with mankind, even though my husband is a bit shyer and more uncertain in crowds.

But I digress.

In New York, we walked past Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.

There was the Court house.

There was the Empire State building. I love the Art Deco era of art and architecture.

We walked through SOHO.

And of course Central Park.

We visited the impressive New York Apple Store.

Apple Store Manhattan Island
Apple Store Manhattan Island

We used the subway to get to the Statue of Liberty and then walked back to Times Square where we were staying.

Manhattan Island has lots to offer and the best way to see it is to walk it. So be prepared to walk, rain or shine, depending on the time of the year. You’ll get a real feeling for the place!

Here are some great walking tours: https://manhattanwalkingtour.com/

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