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Eat and Urban Hike - Brunch/Walk the Length of Manhattan

There is no need to RSVP "No".

From Wikipedia:

Manhattan is the smallest and most densely populated borough of New York City. Located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the borough is conterminous with New York County, an original county of the state of New York. The borough and county consist of Manhattan Island and several small adjacent islands: Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, Wards Island, Governors Island, Liberty Island, part of Ellis Island, Mill Rock, and U Thant Island; as well as Marble Hill, a small area on the mainland bordering the Bronx. The original city of New York began at the southern end of Manhattan, expanded northward, and then between 1874 and 1898, annexed land from surrounding counties.

New York County is the most densely populated county in the United States, and one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with a 2010 population of 1,585,873 living in a land area of 22.96 square miles (59.5 km2), or 69,464 residents per square mile (26,924/km²), more dense than any individual American city. It is also one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, with a 2005 per capita income above $100,000. Manhattan is the third-largest of New York's five boroughs in population, and its smallest borough in land area.

Manhattan Island is 22.7 square miles (59 km2) in area, 13.4 miles (21.6 km) long and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) wide, at its widest (near 14th Street).

The Plan:

Have an early brunch or lunch, then walk the full 13.4 mile length of Manhattan.  Pretty self explanatory, no?  Well, the "length of Manhattan" is a bit more complicated than most might think.  Where Northern Manhattan begins/ends is not so straightforward as you might think.  Come to the event to learn why.

We'll meet for an early brunch first so we can all get to meet each other and talk.  We'll meet outside the Indian Road Cafe in Inwood at 11:30 am.  Depending on the size of the group and the weather, we'll either get some tables and have brunch or do take out sandwiches and have a impromptu picnic in Inwood Park right across the street.

At 1:30 or thereabouts, we work off those calories by walking the length of Manhattan.  We'll talk about what the "beginning/end" of Northern Manhattan is and then decide where we want to start.

This will be a slightly brisk walk (about 4 - 5 miles/hr) with not many stops. You must be able to keep up with the group.  It will take between 3 and 4 hours to complete depending on how many stops we make.  Northern Manhattan is quite hilly, so be prepared to use those glutes.  We will decide the route, the day of the event.

Dress for the weather.  Wear comfortable footwear.  Bring at least 1 Quart of water/hydrating liquid with you.

Please use HopStop or Google Maps to find your best option of getting there.

There is no limit to this event right now, but if the restaurant gets back to me with a maximum number we can bring, I will cap the event at a later date.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    some say it's all about the destination; some say it's all about the journey. i say it's all about both, and the people you share both with. i firmly believe that everything in life is an opportunity to learn something. if i were to detail everything i learned on this day from each and every one of you, i'd have to post at least another 10 comments. "what could he possibly learn from a hike?," you're asking. lol. well it could be that the best in human beings often come out while engaged in things as common as walking toward a common goal. i'm completely blown away by the perseverance and persistence and commitment each of you had, including knowing your limits. you're all so awesome!! i leave you with a quote: "Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other. To catch each other when we falter. To encourage each other when we lose heart. Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone. ~ Hilary Clinton". we didn't go it alone. :o)

    6 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello lifers!! there is just so much i want to say, but i know it will be too long. i want to thank you for all of your wonderful comments. i wish i could respond to them all, but it would generate too many email notifications. i want to start by saying THANK YOU to each and every one of you that came out. whether you had to leave or made it all the way, you were instrumental in helping me complete a challenge spanning 20 years of my life. you don't know how much it means to me!!! i remember thinking at several points on the hike how i felt so much genuine love for this group as you put your heart and soul (and feet!) into my challenge, and then made it your own, then made it ours. this was truly a special group of people without a doubt! and this will be up there as one of my favorite meetups EVER! i only have 192 characters left, so i'll continue this in another comment. lol.

    5 · June 4, 2013

  • Sanya

    From a scale of 1 to 10, how's the pain today?

    June 3, 2013

    • Nicole

      Overall, 1 (legs are a bit sore but it isn't painful). But my feet? 10.5!!!!! How are you holding up?

      June 3, 2013

    • Sanya

      I thought you were in a much better condition than me lol. An 8 overall. A 12 for my legs and feet. Got some nasty blisters.

      June 3, 2013

  • Nicole

    Does anyone know how many miles we did? Were we right around 13?

    June 3, 2013

    • Lisa S

      I believe that George had said it was 13.4 miles from one end to the other. You guys are amazing!!

      2 · June 3, 2013

  • Nicole

    It was great meeting all of you guys yesterday. Thank you for helping me reach one of my NYC goals. Hope to see you all at another event. (Sadly, I had another first I never expected to experience. I now have blisters!)

    3 · June 3, 2013

  • Bess

    This was nice. Got to take in a lot of scenic view and I felt I know a little bit more about New York today. Thanks George. Next must-see event on the list: Chair Dancing~~~ :D

    4 · June 3, 2013

    • Ro

      The Great Chair Dance-Off! We're about to get SERVED!! Especially when Kenrick breaks out his special move - the Chair Moonwalk! LOL

      1 · June 3, 2013

    • Kenrick

      Coming soon: chair dancing lessons at a watering hole tba. If y'all can keep up we'll choreograph a special routine... shoulders, arms, jazz hands...

      3 · June 3, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Thanks George for organizing this! What a truly beautiful area of Manhattan to start off the hike. And the brunch was scrumptious!! Anoush enjoyed too! (especially all of Ro's food that she ate!! LOL!) Although when we got home, she and I both passed out for a few hours!

    4 · June 2, 2013

    • Ro

      Hehe who knew Anoush would like pulled pork AND pickles ;)? Lol

      2 · June 3, 2013

  • Kenrick

    Great event. It was nice seeing everyone and meeting those that I met for the first time today. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and seeing this great city from a different pov. Yours truly, chair dancing champ, aka love machine, aka I work for a rich maaan... now, mi foot dem a bun me rass so its time fi go tek care a dem :)

    4 · June 3, 2013

    • Ro

      Whoa...were there seriously TWO Love Machines at our hike yesterday??? *mind blown* lol

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Ro

    You guys are awesome :-)! George, thank you so much for inviting all of us to join you on this urban hike that you've been wanting to finish forever. It was a pleasure to spend the day with all of you and I was especially impressed with such troopers like Sanya who got blisters on her feet early on but braved through anyway. I probably would have gotten into a cab at the first opportunity lol. Dinner with you guys was so much fun - I was LMAO from Kenrick's chair dancing skills! You really are "the world's best chair dancer"! ;) Hahaha. Can't wait to do another adventure with you guys :-)

    4 · June 3, 2013

    • Sanya

      Thank you Ro! :D. Even though I felt more like a wuss than a trooper lol. I enjoyed myself despite the pain.

      1 · June 3, 2013

  • Sanya

    You guys are tough! You did the whole walk. I wimped out at 23rd street but was glad to catch up at Battery Park.

    June 3, 2013

  • Sanya

    Very challenging. Even though I was in pain for almost all the hike, I enjoyed seeing so much of Manhattan and chatting with the group.

    3 · June 3, 2013

  • Eddie C

    What an epic day! Though it took us all day, we did not give in. Thanks George for leading our expedition. Kudos to all those that stayed till the bitter end;-) It was nice to meet everyone who came. Yet another fave of the year.

    5 · June 3, 2013

  • Kenrick

    I spoke to George. He is still on the train. I am a few blocks away and walking there now

    June 2, 2013

  • Sanya

    I just arrived to the Indian Road Cafe. Anyone else here?

    June 2, 2013

  • Amy

    Overdid it yesterday so I've got to pass on today. See you at the next one.

    June 2, 2013

  • DEREEK

    Sorry can't make it. Something came up and I can't put it off. Will see u guys at the next event.

    June 1, 2013

  • Jeff

    cannot put weight on my right knee due to racquetball injury--ice and ibuprofen do not seem to help, so I am regrettably have to miss out tomorrow

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry George, was looking forward to this but can't make it.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so folks, it's not likely that indian road cafe will be able to accommodate this large a party for a sit down brunch on a weekend, so we will likely go with the take out option and impromptu picnic. on sundays, only the brunch menu (http://www.indianroadcafe.com/menu.html) is available. take a look, and if this changes your plans, please update your rsvp. see you all on sunday. contact info to go out on saturday.

    2 · May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer I can't make it.

    May 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      too bad amber. :(

      May 31, 2013

  • Nie,weiwen

    sorry, something pups up.

    May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sorry to hear that nie. it's been a long time. :(

      May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had to change RSVP to no. I have a launch :( have fun!

    May 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      awww, ok, next time mawuena. :(

      May 31, 2013

  • Ro

    I'll risk getting stomach cramps for my new friends ;). Just won't eat too much @ brunch lol.

    1 · May 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      taking one for the team!! i like it ro! :o)

      2 · May 22, 2013

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