Counterclockwise Perimeter Circuit of Manhattan Island

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West Side Greenway/Hudson River bike path> Battery Park or State St> East Side Greenway> 1st Ave> East River Esplanade> 120th St> 119th St> St Nicholas Ave> St Nicholas Place> Harlem River Drive bike path> 10th Avenue> 218th St> Inwood Park> Dyckman St> West Side Greenway

Hank Schiffman
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Region Name(s): 
New York City
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Difficulty Rating: 
1 out of 5
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Paved surface, but sections will always be under construction. Our Greenways are a work in progress with no apparent finish line.

There are 2 sets of steps, in different locations. They should not present a hardship.           

Numerous entry/exit portals. Start at the closest point on the cue sheet.           

Subway bailouts, too numerous to name; take a subway map with you.

Melville's novel Moby Dick begins revealing that Manhattan is an Island. In so far as this island is less than 2.25 miles at its widest, you are never more than a tad over a mile from water’s edge, making this ride so convenient; you can start or end this route anywhere along the way with no excuses getting to a starting point. A subway card in your pocket is insurance in the event that you need to bail out. This is Manhattan, you are never far from a bodega. In season, parks have water fountains. 

If you were to cast this route in terms of themes, it would be infrastructure and natural beauty. We New Yorkers are fortunate to have this interesting island in our city archipelago. Our progenitors have bequeathed us structure to marvel at. Our tour is mostly a water's edge view of the island.

Though you may start at your most convenient location, I began the route at the entry best for me; the West Side Greenway at Christopher Street, site of the aboriginal settlement of Sapokanican, the 1630s Wouter Van Twiller’s tobacco plantation, Peter Warren’s estate of 1731, Newgate Prison of 1797-1827, Fort Gansevoort 1811, Gansevoort Market 1880, now the Far West Village. We are going counterclockwise, so turn left, south.

One Word cue sheet has tour details, the other sticks mainly with directions. Print the one suitable for you but use the RWGPS cue sheet for actual directions or just use the RWGPS download to your device.

May 1, 2016 HS

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