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17 Mile Manhattan North-to-South Hike

We'll start 2 feet into the Bronx, right where the bridge that carries Broadway from Manhattan to the Bronx passes over the north shore of the Harlem River.    We'll meet on the east sidewalk of the bridge.  Then we'll head south on Broadway and walk a zig-zag path through various parks and attractions of Manhattan, to the Staten Island Ferry terminal at the south tip.  Then we'll pose for pictures in Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty in the background, then those interested will go to dinner at a Chinese restaurant nearby.

*BE* *ON* *TIME*!  Arrive early!  We have to keep a tight schedule to make it to the end by sundown, so we won't be able to wait around very long at the start for people to show up.

The exact path of the hike is on this webpage . It is strongly suggested that you either bring a printout of that web page with you, or bookmark that page on your smart phone.  The odds are good that you will need to drop out of the group to use a bathroom at some point, and if you know where we're going you can catch up.

Be sure to have some breakfast; we won't be having lunch until 1:00pm.

If we walk as fast as we did last year, we should be arriving at the restaurant at 6:45pm, long before the sun sets.

We'll be doing this Saturday instead of Sunday so people can rest and recuperate on Sunday before going back to work.

You don't have to pack a lunch.  We'll be stopping at a Deli by Columbia University that will give us a 10% discount, then eating in a park nearby.

If people get lost, it just isn't practical to go looking for them.  Furthermore I'll have no way of knowing whether someone got lost or just hopped on a subway because they were tired.  So it's important that you be able to cope if you do get lost.  All participants will be required to sign a release waiver that basically gives up any right whatsoever to sue, to the fullest extent possible by law.  You can read the current draft of this waiver at http://bluejacket7.com/legal/WalkingWaiver.doc

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  • Judy W.

    I had fun hiking with you. I enjoyed talking with everyone & photos with u . This year I finished the 17 miles & it was worth the 1 mile more for the restaurant. I am glad I hung in for that.I wanto to hike again. Thank you Bill for all your efforts. MARK, THANKS FOR HELPING US FIND OUR WAY WHEN WE DIDN'T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO IN CENTRAL PARK. MARK YOU HELPED 12 OF US FIND BILL AND OTHERS. Derek thanks for being in contact by cell phone w Lorraine. Derek thanks for waiting for us. Derek thanks for accompanying me safely to Penn Sta and to the LIRR. Next time, you drop out, let Bill know. Waith, I will post photos. I enjoyed the walks thru the parks (many I have never been thru except for last year's hike). There are so many scenic places in NYC that I haven't seen. I want to see them. The weather was perfect. Thank you for making this fun. Stay in touch. If you want piano or keyboard lessons in Kew Gardens, Queens, please call[masked]-9159. Judy Watson or just call to talk.

    July 7, 2014

  • Bill

    The hike went pretty well. Now I know we have plenty of time to make it the length of the Island. If I knew that before, I wouldn't have skipped Times Square. It was good entering the High Line at 23rd rather than 30th, we still got plenty of walking the High Line in. Clearly something has to be done about bathroom access early in the hike, having people wait single-file for a single bathroom at Starbucks on 181st was a total time disaster and the 175st st bathrooms were disastrous too. I'll look into the bathrooms in Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill parks. Walking right past the 9/11 waterfalls was a plus, that part wasn't open to unscheduled visits by the public when we did the hike last year. It's awfully hard to sell people on the half mile walk from Battery Park to the restaurant after they've just walked 17 miles, but the restaurant really was very nice.

    2 · July 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great photos Som. Thanks to all the friendly people, I had a fun time.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • derek

    It was a lot of fun. 17 miles is a long way but several of us made it all the way to the end. Thanks Bill..

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • David L

    Good hike, glad you took us through the scenic route. Nice to see that there's still plenty of nature in this concrete jungle.

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Jerry

    Thank you Bill, for a wonderful amazing day, hiking MANHATTAN, North-to-South. I had a good time, great weather, great group of hikers, great hike leader, and got good exercise.

    2 · July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone please call or text me at[masked] 7415. Someone else did before, but I accidentally reset my phone and lost the texts. PLEASE TEXT ME BEFORE TOMORROW OR EARLY AS POSSIBLE TOMORROW!

    July 4, 2014

  • Bill

    Alright, the MTA page says the "1" and the "A" trains will be in good shape this weekend. The weather forecast for tomorrow is *ZERO* percent chance of rain. I'd say all systems are GO for tomorrow!

    July 4, 2014

  • Judy W.

    I enjoyed the hike last time. I am excited and looking forward to doing it again. I hope to see people as last time and meet new people too. I am friendly social person. I hope Pushti is doing this hike. I am trying to reach her. I want to bring a friend too. I stopped at 80th Street and Central Park and that was enough for me. It was a challenge for me last summer. And I was having trouble walking and with my sneakers, so I now this time I will be in better shape. Thanks for having this hike again.

    June 15, 2014

    • Bill

      You want to wear sunblock. Some people will wear hiking boots, I will wear sneakers. You might want to bring something to drink, but there are likely to be street vendors selling soft drinks on the corner every 10-20 blocks.
      No way I'm going to phone the dozens of people who are coming to tell each one individually what to bring.
      I will give out my phone number in person when we start, but not before. Otherwise people will call me at the beginning saying "Can you wait? I'm 5 minutes away." when they're really 20 minutes away and we'll never get started.

      3 · June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Bill!

      June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really can't wait for this! I'm very excited!

    June 30, 2014

  • Bill

    I have changed the route a bit and updated the web page describing the route.

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm quite new to hiking. Can anyone please call me at[masked], and tell me what to bring? Please.

    June 22, 2014

  • Delores

    Its been a long time since Ive been able to join. Glad this ones on Saturday.

    June 10, 2014

  • Aaron William U.

    Looking forward to this event! walking the length of Manhattan is something I've been wanting to do since I moved here.

    June 9, 2014

  • Charles

    Love to do this but I am hiking out in the mountains.

    June 8, 2014

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