Manhattan is mostly a grid system of uptown/downtown streets intersecting with crosstown streets so it’s hard to get lost here. Most of the city is flat, perfect for strolling. Exploring it all from a walker’s pace, at eye level, is the best way to get a real feel for the city. It’s the cheapest way to get around.
Most New Yorkers will cheerfully point you in the right direction if you’re lost, so don’t hesitate to ask directions! Put on your most comfortable walking shoes, pick a starting point, and have fun!
Manhattan is 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide at its widest point. There are 20 uptown/downtown city blocks to a mile. An average person with a brisk pace can walk about a block a minute. Crosstown there areapproximately 10 east/west blocks to a mile.
There are 6,374 miles of streets in New York City. This means tired feet, especially to those used to driving everywhere, so remember to wear comfortable shoes!
During the day, when the streets are crowded, it’s better to stick to the inside of the sidewalk rather than near the curb; and, if you’re in a group, make sure to leave space so people can pass you.
In addition to strolling on your own, a great way to explore the city is with a walking tour. An exciting variety of tours are available highlighting history, ethnic neighborhoods, architectural and historical landmarks, gardens, food, and nature in parks tours throughout the city.
NYC One of Americas Best Walking Cities
American Podiatric Medical Association, in conjunction with Prevention Magazine, studied the countrys major cities and then tabulated & weighed 20 criteria of interest to pedestrians, including crime, mass transit, air quality, and the number of historic sites, museums, and gyms each city has. New York ranked first in the number of museums (224), third in museum attendance, and fourth for historic and scenic sites. The Neighborhood Open Space Coalition is gaining support in restoring all 350 miles of urban greenways that connect residential areas to New York Citys 1,700 parks and 15 miles of beaches. Source: Prevention, April 2004.