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