Here's how to do a DIY walking tour of Manhattan, from top to bottom

Here’s how to do a DIY walking tour of Manhattan, from top to bottom

“Today, we walk from the top of Manhattan to the bottom of Tibetty in Manhattan,” declared one of the characters on the beloved show in New York City. Broad City. So we wanted to know what it would really be like to walk from the top of the tippity to the bottom of the tippity in Manhattan.

It turned out to be a 14-mile (about 15 miles) journey through multiple neighborhoods, all in Central Park, and through layers of Manhattan history. We have created a guide on how to embark on this epic adventure on your own and Map with key points while walking.

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Photo: Map from Google MyMaps | From Uptown Road to Downtown Road.

This trip is called The Broad City a challengebut the trip has been popular for a while, even Find your way into a movie. on me Broad CityThe journey of Abby Jacobson and Ilana Glazer holds wisdom for all of us: Bring water, embrace a sporty look, and wear comfortable sneakers – no chunky shoes!

We have more tips down below our step-by-step guide, so let’s go:

Dyckman Street sign in the subway station.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | The journey begins.

1. Dickman Street Station

Save energy by taking the subway to your first stop at Dyckman Street Station. Technically, Manhattan stretches a little further north than Dyckman, but that’s where it’s in Broad City Girls started, and here we started too.

Get ready to walk for about an hour after you get off the train. You’ll head off to Broadway past Fort Tryon Park, a collection of low-rise brick apartment buildings, several bustling businesses with Spanish-language signage, and some amazing street art. The terrain is high here, so be prepared to feel it on your calves.

About halfway to your next stop, you’ll see the GWB Market, which is part of the George Washington Bridge bus stop, just past the George Washington Bridge. This massive mid-century masterpiece was designed in 1963 by Italian architect and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, Inquisitive Inquisitive explained, describing it as “a visual jolt of the soaring lines and bold geometric patterns made of reinforced concrete.” In addition to its architectural splendor, it is also a good bathroom break stop if you need one.

Although we’ll be using Broadway for most of the trip, after 169 drive east from Broadway to St. Nicholas Street and turn 160 to get to Maurice Jumel Palace.

Exterior Maurice Gomel Palace.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | It dates back to 1765.

2. Maurice Jumel Palace

As Abby says on the show, “This has been here the whole time?!” It is an appropriate reaction to these wonderful effects.

The White Board House is one of the nation’s most important historic home museums and the oldest Manhattan residence, dating back to 1765. The house served as the headquarters for General George Washington as well as the British Army and Hessian forces during the American Revolution. Tours are offered Friday – Sunday if you are visiting on the weekend.

For more history, peek at the Row of Houses next to the Museum on Sylvan Terrace. These 20 wooden townhouses date from 1882, and walking along the street feels like being transported to another place and another place. The homes were designed by architect Gilbert Robinson Jr. as part of one of the first housing developments in the area, which at the time was mostly farmland, untapped cities mentioned.

Exterior of the Apollo Theatre.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Beacon of Arts.

3. Apollo Theater

Keep walking south along St. Nicholas Street where you may be able to catch a glimpse of the giant buildings of the Columbus Circle if you look at just the right time. If you’re feeling intimidated at this point, that’s okay. You’ve already covered a lot of ground, and your lunch break is coming soon.

Soon, you’ll be moving to 125th Street (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), home of Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater. Dating back to its opening in 1913, Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul. Today Apollo continues on his mission as A beacon of art in America. Stop by for a photo with the legendary tent and plan a day to come back When you have time to take a tour.

The exterior of the Red Rooster in Harlem.
Photography: Paul Wagtwicks | The Red Rooster in Harlem.

4. Red Rooster

Continue along 125 to take a lunch break at red roosterMarcus Samuelsson’s Harlem bistro with entrées like Lenox smash burger, crispy bird sandwich, and fried catfish. As the Time Out reviewer said, “All of this food is as comforting as the setting itself: breezy and cheerful. The sprawling space is inviting and lively, the exact spot north of 110th Street.”

Ilana and Abby eat here while on tour too, and of course take copious photos. Soon after this point in their journey, from our friends Broad City You get caught in the manhole (the real NYC nightmare) and end up downtown, so we’ll fill in the gaps on our own.

Interior of Hungarian Pastry Shop with visible menu and written sign
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Take a break for a dessert.

5. Hungarian Pastry Shop

It’s dessert time, and the Hungarian pastry shop deserves its very little detour. Head west on the 125th to Amsterdam Avenue, then go down to 111 where you’ll find this bakery haven.

Order the eclair, and be sure to sample this creamy, chocolatey bite of divinity. Also take a moment to look around and know that the next great American novel may be running on someone’s notebook or laptop at the coffee shop, because it is a beacon of literature in the city. over here 10 Books Written in The Hungarian Pastry Shop to add it to your list.

Finally, order a quick hot or cold drink (depending on the weather) and head east at 110 to Central Park, admiring Cathedral of Saint John the Divine– One of the largest churches in the world – on your way.

A path in Central Park with lush green trees.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Lush respite.

6. Central Park

We’ll be back on Broadway soon enough, but for now, head across Central Park from the North Woods to Columbus Circle. It’s easiest to stay on West Drive all the time, which will pass through Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, Delacorte Theatre, Strawberry Fields, and Sheep Meadow.

Whenever you need to, grab a park bench to take a break and enjoy the splendor of this rest in the heart of the city. Just a note that there are plenty of bathrooms in the garden (the ones at Tavern on the Green are the most gentle in my experience).

Columbus memorial
Photography: Gregory J Peterson | Pass through Columbus Circle to Broadway

7. Columbus Circle

Exit the park via Columbus Circle and back to Broadway, which we’ll take to the end. If you start to get jealous of everyone on a bike or electric scooter, same thing.

View of Times Square.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | You’ll only be in Times Square for a short time.

8. Times Square

I know, I know, I’m sorry that this road takes you through Times Square, but it really is the most direct path. Try to make the most of it (I’ve seen a man dancing on a motorcycle often to the delight of tourists on one of The Ride’s giant-windowed buses). I’ll warn you: the temptation to stop by Times Square Krispy Kreme at this point would be strong.

Macy's storefront in Herald Square with a sign reading World's Largest Store.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | There is no time to shop until you drop in on this trip.

9. Herald Square

Breeze through this cute park and wave hello to this massive Macy’s.

View of the Flatiron Building.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Still beautiful even under scaffolding.

10. Flatiron Building

Continue down Broadway to the Flatiron District, home to the stunning triangular building called the Flatiron Building. Although it Still under the scaffoldingThese architectural wonders are a sight to behold.

Across from Flatiron, you’ll find Eataly, the Italian market that’s always worth a quick stop for a dessert or a snack. Note: This is another convenient bathroom stand if you need it.

Union Square with farmers market tents.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | There is nothing quite like Union Square on Green Market Day.

11. Union Square

If you can, try to plan your trip on Green Market Day Where you can immerse yourself in the sights and smells of this beloved farmers market in Historic Union Square.

If you’re not too tired by this point, see if you can find Union Square’s Temperance Fountain. During the temperance movement, these fountains attempted to encourage Americans to drink water instead of drinking wine. over here advice from Ephemeral New York on where to find it.

Note: It appears from here, we have Broad City Counterparts head east to go for a fermented (and fun) meal at Russ & Daughters, so go for that if you have time! But we stayed on Broadway to continue down the most direct route.

Sculpture of Marc de Sovero in Zuccotti Park.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Stop to see public art at Zuccotti Park.

12. Zuccotti Park

Stay on Broadway all the way to Zuccotti Park, passing Soho along the way where you’ll notice everyone’s clothes are about 10 times cooler. You will also notice that we are outside the numbered streets area and this means that the finish line is approaching.

Once you reach the park, don’t miss the 70-foot-high red statue called joie de vivre by Mark de Sovero. Also take a moment to look at the buildings, and notice how the landscape has changed from the low-rise stone buildings of upper Manhattan to the gleaming glass sky of lower Manhattan.

Wall Street bull with a row of people.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Hello bull, bye bull.

13. Bull Charger

You’ll be walking right in front of the Wall Street bull, but at this point, you probably won’t want to stop for a photo because you’re so close! Perhaps just walking past will provide some luck to end the course.

View of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park.
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Make it!

14. The battery and the Statue of Liberty’s view

Once you see Lady Liberty, you know you succeeded. our end! Now, take a sweaty selfie, pamper yourself in a taxi at home, get some rest, make the journey and have fun.

Read colorful street art
Photo: Roslyn Colgan | Art all the way.

Some additional tips

  • Check the weather Before you go to make sure you will be comfortable on the trip.
  • optical package. Bring a small bag (ideally something hands-free, like a belt bag) for just the essentials. For me, the basics included my phone, a mobile phone charger, a small wallet, and a water bottle that I stuffed into the bag.
  • start in the morning, so you have time for your lunch break and can wrap up before dinner. How long it takes to walk depends, of course, on your speed and how long you take your breaks. My trip ended in about 5 hours and 30 minutes including a few short stops.
  • Immerse yourself in the sounds of the city. While I usually listen to a podcast or music on my walks, on this trip I’ve left my AirPods in their case and picked out the sounds of people hoisting leaves in the park, Beyonce’s “Break My Soul” sounding from a passing car, and parts of the conversation heard.
  • Take long breaksBut don’t take your shoes off during breaks, or you’ll never want to lace your shoes again.
  • Plan your trip strategically On a day when you don’t have many other errands to run or walk to do. I neglected to do this and ended up walking 25 miles in total on the day of my flight – oops.
  • Just keep walking: When it gets hard – and it will – I repeated “keep walking” in my mind, a remix of the advice to find nemo “keep swimming”.
  • Be open to surprises. I saw some great art, ate some delicious food, and helped some other travelers navigate their trip. I also saw someone gently cuddling a real crawler in line at the bakery and later saw another person subtly feeding dozens of pigeons in Central Park. Ah, New York. You never know what you’ll find, and that’s exactly what makes this bucket list trip a gem.

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