Sunday, January 22, 2017

Two Winter Walks in NYC

One on New Year's Day, the other on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They covered different neighborhoods in Northern Manhattan, including Inwood and Harlem.

Walking from the George Washington Bridge bus station to Fort Tryon Park takes you through some beautiful residential neighborhoods in Washington Heights. These apartments aren't far from Bennett Park, which is the highest bit of land in Manhattan (just a little over 265 feet above sea level). Like other places in Washington Heights, it's a site of Revolutionary War military action (mostly Washington resisting but ultimately retreating from British forces, as they pushed him out of Manhattan).


From Inwood Hill Park at the northern tip of Manhattan, a view of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and beyond it, Marble Hill and the Bronx:


Glowing evergreen in Inwood Hill Park:


On the walk east from Inwood Hill Park to the Harlem River:


Overlooking Swindler Cove, on the Harlem River, a ConEd substation full of sci-fi loveliness (this used to be the site of a major power generating station):


Bridges spanning the Harlem River (which, further south, feeds into the East River):


The tower for the High Bridge, NYC's oldest bridge and open only to pedestrians (it's worth walking over):


Sunlight ghosting over bricks in Harlem:


Shepard Hall of the City College of New York:


Hamilton Grange, Alexander Hamilton's home, seen from the City College campus:


Just across the street from the Grange, some of the homes in Harlem's Hamilton Heights neighborhood:


The historic Abyssinian Baptist Church:


(It's one block north of another historic black church, the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which was an Underground Railroad hiding place. But I didn't take a photo of it, because it was covered in scaffolding.)

More Harlem architecture:



And the Apollo Theater:


If you've been on any interesting walks lately, please share.