03 Mar NYC in 20 little pieces
You see, I have this crazy plan to walk every square mile in Manhattan.
I just googled NYC and learned that there are 23 square miles in Manhattan. It’s 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest point. I’ll be there for 28 days, so I’m setting my goal to do one square mile per day. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Being a visual person, I have to ‘see’ a square mile. A mile is from my house to Phipps Plaza. Not a cake walk, but not too bad. Then I realized that a square mile is actually four miles around the perimeter. No diagonal streets where I’m headed. No cheating, in other words.
If I subtract the 3+ square miles of Central Park. Take a bit off for Hudson Riverpark, Riverside Park. Highbridge Parks. It’s getting more and more manageable by the minute.
Then I cut up a map of Manhattan into 20 equal pieces. It cuts up beautifully — one day for the Financial District. The next day in Chinatown and a sliver of Little Italy. Moving up to Lower East Side and East Village.
Yep, I can do that! But I will need some new shoes . . . and maybe a good podiatrist.
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