When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
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 ...