August 28 2019
August 14th, 2019 | Dives & Insider Spots in New York City
We’re down to the last month of summer. If you want to see NYC in all its glory, it’s now or never. And one of the best ways to experience the city is on foot. Grab your sunglasses and a reusable water bottle, and go out for a walk at these popular and not so popular spots.
The over 800 acres that make up Central Park have paths, roads and quaint bridges to explore. While it might be tempting to stick to Central Park’s southern end—the most famous section—we suggest venturing farther. Have you set foot in The Ramble or The North Woods? Once you do, you’ll feel like you’re in upstate New York without leaving Manhattan! Check out the self-guided tours by Central Park Conservancy for ideas and recommended itineraries.
We love Manhattan’s West Side for many reasons. The Hudson River Greenway is one of the longest trails in Manhattan and offers spectacular views of the Hudson River. You can cycle or run along its 15-mile route. But the city has upped the ante by building Hudson Yards right in the middle of it. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover New York’s newest neighborhood and stroll around the smartest park in the city.
After spending time in Hudson Yards, you’ll be right at the beginning of the High Line, where you can spot local flora and fauna, check out the local artwork, attend a public event or take a detour and explore Chelsea’s food market and art galleries.
Another must-see walk in New York involves crossing one of the most iconic structures in the city: The Brooklyn Bridge. Built in 1883, this landmark connects Downtown Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the DUMBO neighborhood. Head to Washington Street between Water and Front Streets to capture the Manhattan Bridge framed by industrial brick buildings. You can spend the rest of the day walking around Brooklyn Heights or taking shots of Manhattan’s skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
While you’re on the other side of the East River, remember that we’ve talked about water sports in New York? We focused on options in Manhattan, however, various companies offer kayaking rentals in Brooklyn Bridge Park.