So, if you're near E. 1st and 1st Ave., then why not proceed uptown and westward, block by block? From 1st and 1st, go to 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street, then up to 3rd Street and over to the Bowery, and then up to E 4th and Lafayette, and so forth? This will work. A meandering walk in Manhattan from the intersection of 1st Ave. and 1st St. to the intersection of 9th Ave. and 15th St. takes its course through several downtown neighborhoods - the East Village, Noho, Greenwich Village, West Village, Meatpacking, and Chelsea - with plenty of notable buildings, cultural institutions, and restaurants to enjoy along the way. It's a pleasant way to learn city geography.
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The walk is made up of intriguing intersections, most of which visually represent their respective neighborhoods. New Yorkers are big on intersections, as these mark the way we understand the city. When we tell another New Yorker where we live, we usually give them the intersection so that they can start mentally processing the location. We then watch the person on the receiving end of the information fall into a trance-like state as they recover their memories, if any, of visiting that intersection. If they have, they will always come back with something like "Oh, I know that corner. I had a friend down there, and we would always hang out at that ice cream place." This type of conversation takes place a thousand times every day.
This zigzag walk from the East Village to Chelsea takes in the following notable places - the Marble Cemetery (actually, both of them), Anthology Film Archives, the Bowery Hotel, Merchant's House Museum, the Public Theater, Colonnade Row (across the street from the Public), the 8th Street Apartments (designed by Harvey Wiley Corbett), several historic churches (such as Church of the Ascension), the beautiful block of W. 10th Street, another nice residential block on W. 11th, plenty of restaurants and bakeries, the remains of St. Vincent's Hospital, the British retail block of Greenwich Avenue, an Apple store, and the food fest known as the Chelsea Market.
|The Public Theater on Lafayette|
|Astor Place and Broadway|
|At W. 10th and 6th Avenue|
|Along Greenwich Avenue|
|The intersection of W. 4th and W. 13th. No problem.|
|9th Avenue and 14th Street|
|Chelsea Market. 9th Avenue and W. 15th St.|
|Mural for Premier Veal, West Street, New York, in the building originally known as the Gansevoort Market House. Back in the 1950s there were 150 meat businesses in this neighborhood. Now, less than 20.|