Second to the subway for most of us (save messengers and Olympians), bicycling affords the quickest transit around Manhattan. We have seen people leaving black tie affairs at the Plaza and the Waldorf on bike, and we dodge (and sometimes join) masses of bikers in Central Park. We have also seen plenty of bike accidents. With caution we recommend bicycling in and around Manhattan to the visitor. For the die-hard, a helmet and a horn, bell, or whistle are a must. Plan your route in advance, and be alert for opening car doors and swerving cars. Heed my grandfather's three favorite adages: "easy does it", "better safe than sorry", and "not all the nuts are in the nuthouse."
Carnegie Hill is the area between 86th and 96th Streets, and between Third and Fifth Avenues that is home to many of the city’s private schools and the families whose children attend them. The neighborhood derives its name from the Carnegie Mansion, former home of Andrew Carnegie and current home of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, well worth a visit at 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. In this neighborhood you will find wonderful shops: clothing and shoes for women and children, gourmet food and wine stores, bookstores and toy stores--each with its own personality and fine service, as they are often proprietor owned and operated.