Where: Williamsburg to Midtown (Bklyn to Mnhttn, NY)
Something that I like, more than I’m willing to admit to are long aimless walks across multiple boroughs of NYC. This is especially nice when the weather is crisp and cool. In the summer, Manhattan feels oppressive akin to being trapped in an air vent while strangers breathe and sweat on you. Did you feel that visual? Do you feel gross now? Welcome to my mind.
Today’s jaunt takes us about 4.5 miles on city sidewalks, through various neighborhoods and over my favorite of the walkable bridges connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.
There are three bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan that offer walkability. The Brooklyn, the Manhattan and the Williamsburg. The Brooklyn is the most popular and if you’ve ever walked over it you wonder how any gets those empty bridge photos.
What I like about the Williamsburg is that it separates pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also a unique sensory experience because you’re walking above cars and the subway.
Our trip starts on the LIRR where we get off at Woodside, pop into Blue Cup Coffee for a quick warm drink. Take the 7 to the G and walk to Wythe Avenue. From Wythe follow the signs for the Williamsburg bridge and enter via the pedestrian access point.
Marvel at the street art and the skyline views. The only shame are the red safety gates. I obviously understand their purpose but for a brief moment I sympathize with folks who vote down windmill farms for their own property views. I snap out of it.
Once over the bridge we head over to Urban Backyard for a refreshing yuzu lemonade and continue our trek north to Penn. From the bridge make a left onto Clinton followed by a right onto Delaney. Delaney becomes Kenmare. Make a left onto Mulberry to reach this snack destination.
From Mulberry go to Bleeker and make a left onto sixth avenue. Moving up sixth avenue we make a pit stop at Grace Street (32nd b/t 5th and 6th) for towers of shaved ice and Vietnamese coffee. Head to Penn or keep exploring the city!
See you on the trails (sidewalks!)