"As soon as I was old enough (1964), I got myself to New York. I learned the subway, went to (now long gone) little movie theaters, sketched in the Bleecker St. Café, and saw everything at the Museum of Modern Art. I was going to college in Brooklyn and found the best free thing to do in New York was to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and it still is, although now I usually do it from Manhattan and then stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The two best movie theaters in NY are now the Film Forum on West Houston St. and the Paris on 58th St. just west of 5th Ave. (You'll understand why when you go.) If you're walking around Midtown, you'll appreciate the bathrooms at the fabulous Japanese department store, Takashimaya, on 5th Ave. between 54th & 55th. The best place for breakfast is the Dining Room at the Neue Gallery, 5th Ave. & 86th, home to the world's most ... [more]
Lloyd Ziff, Photographer
Main Street Manhattan
My Snapple cap has just informed me that Manhattan is the only city in America without a Main Street. In fact, none of her streets or avenues could be considered primary arteries – this city is full of large, tiny, and in-between streets you will enjoy navigating.
The streets are numbered from the East Village north, starting at 1st Street and continuing to 220nd Street. Streets are typically three car-lengths wide: a traveling lane sandwiched between two sides of parked cars. On alternate side of the street parking days, the sandwich is open-faced.
You will also notice that the north/south blocks are short. Twenty north/south blocks equal one mile. The seven avenues of the east side equal approximately a mile (her width varies); the width of Central Park is one-half mile, and five cross-town blocks of the west side equal a mile. Crossing Manhattan from north to ...