Turn Around: A Walk to Fort Washington Park and the Little Red Lighthouse

On the New York side of the mighty Hudson River, directly underneath the George Washington Bridge, sits a little red lighthouse.

You may know the story - The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward, first published in 1942.

And like a story, every good walk has a beginning, middle, and end. This post illustrates a walk from the intersection of W. 181st St. and Broadway to Fort Washington Park and the George Washington Bridge and then back again.

The time of year is the weekend after Thanksgiving. The time of day is near sunset.  


10 Short Walks from Columbus Circle

For uptown residents, especially on the West Side, Columbus Circle serves as an entry point into "the city." A trip on the A train from uptown at 207th Street to W. 59th Street, from bucolic "Upstate Manhattan" to the busy metropolis, takes about 30 minutes, a fairly convenient commute even by New York standards. The area near W. 59th St. and Central Park West features some of New York's most posh stops and restaurants (Per Se and Jean-Georges are here, for example), but beyond the glitter, everyday shopping happens here, too. 

The best parts about living in New York, such as proximity to great centers of arts and music, are within easy walking distance of Columbus Circle. In addition, the southwest corner of Central Park is an excellent starting point for a walk in any season, convenient to the Heckscher Playground to the north and the Sheep Meadow beyond, and to the Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond to the east. 

For a quick roundup of many NYC attractions, explore the streets in and around Columbus Circle. Walk south on Broadway and later to the north (or vice versa), with side trips along the way.  

The images below correspond to a walk on a recent late afternoon. The walk concludes at dusk.   

1. Ed Sullivan Theater, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 1697 Broadway between W. 53rd and W. 54th.

A quick glance down Broadway from Columbus Circle indicates the proximity of "Broadway," and all that entails. From Columbus Circle, it's just a quick walk to the theater. Here, late in the afternoon, a line gathers for a taping of the show.


A Walk on Central Park West: Making Peace with the Early Dark

One of the disorienting aspects of daylight saving time is that it gets dark so early this time of year, usually before many people get off work. The effect can be disquieting, making long days at the office feel even longer. On the other hand, New York can look glamorous at night. And, if walking helps with stress, then a nighttime walk may help bring a little glam back to an otherwise tedious day.

May I recommend Central Park West?