New York’s Broadway is a road that runs the entire length of the island of Manhattan (and continues through to the Bronx). Everyone has heard of Broadway, but before I first visited New York I just assumed it was the name of the theatre district.
Ever since I discovered this geographic curiosity I have often thought about walking from top to bottom. When I was in Newport I casually told my hosts Kevin and Brigitte of my idea while we were poring over the legendary New York Subway map. Far from thinking I was crazy, they thought is was a worthy challenge and wanted to come as well.
Being that it was summer we got started at 6am. It is already light at this time of year in New York and it was ideal walking weather.
We arrived at 210th St station to begin the walk. It turns out we should have started at 225th station as that is just next to the Broadway Bridge on the Bronx side of the river.
At 225th St on the Bronx side of the Broadway Bridge.
On the subway there was a man with a bum bag in walking shoes who didn’t look like he had any business getting the train to the Bronx at 5.45 in the morning. He got out with us and started walking down Broadway as well, so I am not alone in wanting to walk Broadway. A quick search on google shows plenty of other Broadway walkers out there. I wonder how many people a day do this walk?
The walk took 6 hours and 45 minutes, which included breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks along the way. We had no time limit on our walk, so we could stop as often as we wanted. Our only rule was that we had to stay on Broadway, so any enticing shop off Broadway would have to be noted and visited some other time.
Before this walk I had never been higher than 130th St. Seeing the grand parks and buildings in the 200’s was unexpected for me and it was interesting to see such a varied cross section of neighbourhoods across the island. Walking Broadway is a great way to experience Manhattan.
Walking Broadway Photo Gallery
Montmartre or Manhattan? Isham Park in Inwood.
Fort Tryon Park.
Tom’s Restaurant (as seen on Seinfeld.)
Grand apartment blocks of the Upper West Side (Ansonia Building).
Street piano project at Times Square.
The Flatiron building looks even flatter when you look straight down Broadway.
Broadway and Broome in SoHo.
Finishing up at Number 1 Broadway.