Humans have been walking ever since the dawn of time when our species got too tired of the low and slow process of rolling. Jokes aside, whether you’re a strider or a cautious roamer, there are plenty of places in the Big Apple where you can take a walk and breathe in this wonderful city. So, let’s just cut to the chase shall we.
Fifth Avenue – Park Slope, Brooklyn
You’ll probably need to take a train ride to get to this one, but it will be totally worth your while. Fifth Avenue, Park Slope is still a relatively unknown part of Brooklyn’s thoroughfare, and it offers the kind of charm you simply won’t find any place else in New York. In fact, the Park Slope neighborhood is filled with hidden gems you’ll just have to see to believe.
The best part about visiting this part of New York is that there’s always plenty to do once you’re out there. From visiting the many restaurants which line Fifth Avenue between 9th street and Bergen, to checking out some of the popular clubs and shops in the area, Park Slope is definitely the place to visit if you really want to enjoy a nice walk out on a balmy afternoon or evening.
This is another one of those gems that have managed to stay hidden from tourists and many New Yorkers as well. Running only from 14th Street and Gramercy Park, the walk will take you past the popular Pete’s Tavern, an old five bar that’s been around for more than 150 years. While your walk will only last about six blocks, your sights will be glued to the old school charm of the beautiful town homes which line this legendary street. The calmness of the street will make you forget all about the fact that you are just a stone’s throw away from the always bustling Union Square. You can finish off your walk with a stroll around the beautiful Gramercy Park.
Prince Street runs for just 10 blocks, from Bowery to MacDougal, but you will not regret the decision. Reason being, Prince Street is filled with both history and atmosphere, which makes it an exquisite walk no matter what the time. Walk past the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which also happens to be New York City’s first cathedral and bask on its gorgeous design and old brick walls. Take a few steps further down the road and you will come to McNally Jackson, which is a great independent bookstore, where you could stop to browse what’s on offer.
West 4th Street
The West 4th Street runs east/west and straight through the heart of Greenwich Village, while skirting the southern end of the popular Washington Square Park. This street has got to be one of the most beautiful streets in the whole of New York City, especially if you are lucky enough to take a walk here during the evenings.
Walking the streets of this great city is truly an experience. It also makes for one of the best pastimes you could hope for (if you’re the outdoorsy type!).