Skip to main content

About Walking Off the Big Apple


Walking Off the Big Apple features suggested walks through New York City neighborhoods and streets, cultural history, architecture, museums, parks, landscapes, and offbeat travel experiences.

Writer and photographer Teri Tynes created Walking Off the Big Apple in the summer of 2007. She works as a digital communications consultant in New York City. She likes to sketch as well. See teritynes.com for a sample of her art and illustrations.

Walking Off the Big Apple is following new trails. Stay tuned.



Email:

teritynes@gmail.com
______________

Elsewhere:

Twitter: @TeriTynes
Instagram: ttynes
______________

PRESS

Best New York City blogs 2016 - Spotted By Locals.

Read this interview with Teri about ideas for spring getaway walks on offMetro -
"But a closer look reveals her work is less about the walking and more about the vast history of our city, not to mention her knack for writing passionately about art, architecture and nearly everything that makes us love this place." - Kea Krause, Interview: Teri Tynes of Walking Off the Big Apple, offMetro

Top 50 Travel Blogs in North America - Cisionblog. March 2013. 

"As with all her walks, Teri’s crisp writing transports you – inviting you to walk alongside her. And what a brilliant walking companion she is. It’s impossible not to learn something."
- Metrotwin (British Airways)

"Walking Off the Big Apple, a Web site that offers self-guided tours, is doing its part to help you see signs of life, with a listing of the best locations and blooming times for flowers and trees around the city. "
The New York Times, 'Weekend Miser," March 17, 2011

"a great map-based collection of tours through New York"
NewYorkology: A New York Travel Guide

"Wandering around New York City nearly always throws up some surprises, and at least is an enjoyable way of taking in everything it has to offer - if you disagree, Walking Off the Big Apple will set you straight and more than likely inspire you to go for a wander of your own."
Tripbase

See my article from 2009 in The Times (London), The Bloggers' Travel Guide to... New York.  

"Walking Off the Big Apple: A Strolling Guide to New York City features several locations. With each one, you can look at a map, see pictures and read an overview of the things you'll encounter. Each featured stroll recounts the author's experience. You can spend all day getting to know the city this intimately. So, remember to bring comfortable footwear, water and a camera."
- featured in the article "New York City Self-Guided Walking Tours," Livestrong.com

One of 25 Best Blogs for Runners & Walkers - "Whether you live in New York City or are just planning a visit, you’ll appreciate this collection of guides to special walks around Central Park and the city."
Treadmill Reviews.net

"fabulous blog that highlights the artsy side of New York City."
Expat Info Desk

"Planning a trip to New York this year? Perhaps you’re in town on business and have a few extra hours to enjoy the town between conference session? Walking Off The Big Apple is the perfect companion for your needs. The blog is a compendium of things to do when you’re in New York City. It features many self-guided walks are broken down by area and interest. You’ll also discover very useful tips for getting around, museum openings, and by neighborhood."
Last Minute Travel

"Walking Off the Big Apple is an ode to strolling the city's streets—a fabulous flâneur-fest. As pastimes go, it's perhaps our all-time favorite."
Manhattan Users Guide

Readers of TheBloggersGuide.com voted Walking Off the Big Apple as the Best Travel Blogger in North America. Walking Off the Big Apple was proclaimed the Best Travel Blogger in the world in the Times of London's own readers poll. Read Teri's article in the Times Online from May 13, 2009, "The bloggers' travel guide to … New York."

"… after seeing Tynes’ blog I decided to jump into the blogging game. One day I hope this blog will look as good as her’s does."
- Tom Starland, Carolina Arts Unleashed

"Walking off the big apple has lots of great walking tour routes and ideas for New York City metro area hikes and so forth…"
Postcards from Hell's Kitchen

"- Walking Off the Big Apple: encore un blog de fondu de New York, qui parcoure la ville à pieds, passionnant."
Mnémoglyphes (Paris)

"…I’ve long wanted to direct readers to the terrific blog Walking Off the Big Apple, a daily log of city walks. The site’s author, Teri Tynes, describes her project as “an homage to the flâneur tradition and to the literary heritage of New York arts and letters.”
- Bryan Waterman, Patell and Waterman's History of New York

"Walking Off the Big Apple blog (“A Strolling Guide to New York City”), handy and very well written– and photographed — whether or not you need quadricentennial information and musings."
Farm School

"... this site is just loaded with great ideas and information that I fully intend to put to good use as I walk this wonderful city. I mean, who can resist a list of bookstores and nearby cafes? Garbo walks? British Invasion Walks? Or a list of chocolate stores (ooh, Liz, this has your name all over it!)? Simply fabulous stuff."
Shorty PJs

"Im Blog Walking Off the Big Apple gibt es eine schöne Auflistung von Buchhandlungen und Cafés."
Literarisches New York (Literary New York)

"On the site ”Walking Off The Big Apple,” blogger Teri Tynes has created a rather interesting strolling guide through NYC. Her walks tend to be literature, music, arts, and cinema focused with lots of ruminations on her subject matter.
What’s great about her guide is that many of the walks will appeal to lifelong New Yorkers as well as tourists. I highly recommend her blog."
Bald Punk, NYC Stories and Photos

"Para ideas de caminatas interesantes por la ciudad: http://www.walkingoffthebigapple.com/"
Diario de una tritamundos (Diary of a Globetrotter)

"She uses her fertile imagination and her historical knowledge to give her readers a new perspective on New York City."
- Tinky Weisblat, In Our Grandmothers' Kitchens

Google Blog of Note
March 22, 2010

"Teri is probably the one single person who’s fueled my passion for New York more than anyone else and for this I consider her a true inspiration. However her literary passion, and her love of books provides further inspiration not just for me but for any reader."
- Rob Around Books

"Walking off the Big Apple is a guide to…you guessed it… walking NYC. The appeal of Ms. Teri Tynes’ (a NYC resident) blog is it’s real time and residential information. On an every other day average Ms. Tynes takes you on a detailed walking “tour” of local and tourist destinations. Ms. Tynes’ tours provide NYC historical information, maps, very thoughtful descriptions, and up to-date (real time) information (e.g. current local museum exhibitions). What is so appealing about Ms. Tynes’ blog is the fact that her tours allow us to feel as if we are living in NYC."
The Blog Revue
 
_______________________

Note: Walking Off the Big Apple does not accept guest posts.

Privacy Policy for Walking Off the Big Apple, updated May 2018

_______________________

Popular posts from this blog

Museums in New York Open on Mondays

Please see this post for current announcements of reopenings . Please consult the museum websites for changes in days and hours. UPDATED September 23, 2020 Advance tickets required for many museum reopenings. Please check museum websites for details. • The  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  reopened to the public on  August 27 , with new hours for the first month, through September 27: from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday to the public; and from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  on Mondays for MoMA members on ly. Admission will be free to all visitors Tuesday through Sunday, through September 27, made possible by UNIQLO. See this  new post on WOTBA for a sense of the experience attending the museum . •  New-York Historical Society  reopened on  August 14  with an outdoor exhibition, "Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine,” in the rear courtyard. The exhibit by activist Kevin Powell and photographer Kay Hickman will highlight how New Yorkers weathered the quarantine

Taking a Constitutional Walk

A long time ago individuals going out for a walk, especially to get fresh air and exercise, often referred to the activity as "taking a constitutional walk." The word "constitutional" refers to one's constitution or physical makeup, so a constitutional walk was considered beneficial to one's overall wellbeing. (Or, as some would prefer to call it, "wellness.") The phrase is more common in British literature than in American letters. As early as the mid-nineteenth century, many American commentators expressed concern that their countrymen were falling into lazy and unhealthy habits. Newspaper columnists and editorial writers urged their readers to take up the practice of the "constitutional" walk. One such essay, " Walking as an Exercise," originally printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and reprinted in New England Farmer , Volume 11, 1859, urges the people of farm areas to take up walking. City dwellers seemed to have the

25 Things To Do Near the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

(updated 2016) The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 11 W. 53rd Street is near many other New York City attractions, so before or after a trip to the museum, a short walk in any direction could easily take in additional experiences. Drawing a square on a map with the museum at the center, a shape bounded by 58th Street to the north and 48th Street to the south, with 7th Avenue to the west and Park Avenue to the east, proves the point of the area's cultural richness. (A map follows the list below.) While well-known sightseeing stops fall with these boundaries, most notably Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the great swath of famous Fifth Avenue stores, cultural visitors may also want to check out places such as the Austrian Cultural Forum, the 57th Street galleries, the Onassis Cultural Center, and the Municipal Art Society. The image above shows an intriguing glimpse of the tops of two Beaux-Arts buildings through an opening of the wall inside MoMA's scu

25 Things to Do Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(updated) Sitting on the steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of those iconic things to do in New York City. On a sunny day, the wide steps can become crowded with the young and old, the tourist and the resident. It's tempting to stay awhile and soak in the sun and the sights. Everyone has reasons for lingering there, with one being the shared pleasure of people watching along this expansive stretch of Fifth Avenue, a painting come to life. Certainly, just getting off one's feet for a moment is welcome, especially if the previous hours involved walking through the entirety of art history from prehistoric to the contemporary. The entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue The Metropolitan Museum of Art should be a singular pilgrimage, uninterrupted by feeble attempts to take in more exhibitions along Museum Mile. Pity the poor visitor who tries "to do" multiple museum exhibitions in one day, albeit ambitious, noble, and uplift

At the New Moynihan Train Hall, and the Zen of Going Nowhere

After slowly wandering around the Moynihan Train Hall , opened earlier this year in the James A. Farley Post Office Building across from Penn Station, an Amtrak worker approached me and asked if he could help with directions. “No,” I replied, “I’m just here to look at the station.”  Moynihan Train Hall, between Eighth Avenue, Ninth Avenue, 31st Street, and 33rd Street in Midtown Manhattan I wasn’t taking a train anywhere, not an Amtrak train to Philadelphia or to Boston. I was here to look at this impressive, even enlightening building. The architectural design is somewhat restrained and serious. Bright signage at the Moynihan Train Hall At a time when the idea of actual travel is just picking up, for some New Yorkers like myself, just the novelty of seeing a new transportation project in the city seems to suffice. It’s like mental preparation for taking an actual trip.  Looking up I remember catching Amtrak trains at the old Penn Station, not the beautiful and monumental edifice that

25 Radical Things to Do in Greenwich Village

A list of 25 things to Do in Greenwich Village with history of protest, old cafes, and signs of change. Hipstamatic iPhone images of contemporary Greenwich Village by Walking Off the Big Apple (Revised and updated.) Flipping through  Greenwich Village: A Photographic Guide by Edmund T. Delaney and Charles Lockwood with photographs by George Roos, a second, revised edition published in 1976, it’s easy to compare the black and white images with the look of today’s neighborhood and see how much the Village has changed. A long shot photograph of Washington Square taken up high from an apartment north of the park, and with the looming two towers of the World Trade Center off to the distant south in the background, reveals a different landscape than what we would encounter today.    On the north side of the park, an empty lot and two small buildings have since given way to NYU’s Kimmel Center and a new NYU Center for Academic and Spiritual Center Life. The Judson Memorial Church

North Towards Autumn: A Day Trip on the Metro-North Hudson Line

The peak of autumn colors in New York City tends to fall sometime in the days following Halloween, but those anxiously waiting leaf change can simply travel north.  Near Beacon, a view of autumn colors from the Metro-North Hudson line One way to speed the fall season is to take the Hudson line of Metro-North north of the city and watch the greens fade to oranges and yellows and the occasional burst of red.  Autumn light in Hastings-on-Hudson Weekends during the month of October are ideal times to make the trip. The air tends to be crisp with bright blue skies, and the Hudson River glimmers like a mirror in the light of autumn. As the Hudson line hugs the river for much of the distance north, the train ride alone provides plenty of opportunities for sightseeing. Try to grab a window seat on the river side of the train car for views of the Palisades and the bends of the Hudson Highlands later in the trip.   Autumn leaves on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Hastings Still, October is a gr

From Penn Station to New York Landmarks: Measuring Walking Distance and Time in Manhattan

(revised 2017) How long does it take to walk from Penn Station/Madison Square Garden to well-known destinations in Manhattan? What are the best walking routes ? What if I don't want to see anything in particular but just want to walk around? In addition to the thousands of working commuters from the surrounding area, especially from New Jersey and Long Island who arrive at Penn Station via New Jersey Transit or the Long Island Rail Road, many people arrive at the station just to spend time in The City. Some have questions. Furthermore, a sporting event may have brought you to Madison Square Garden (above Penn Station), and you want to check out what the city offers near the event. This post if for you.  The map below should help you measure walking distances and times from the station to well-known destinations in Manhattan - Bryant Park , the Metropolitan Museum of Art , the Empire State Building , Times Square , Rockefeller Center , Washington Square Park , the High Line

A New York Spring Calendar: Blooming Times and Seasonal Events

See the UPDATED 2018 CALENDAR HERE . Updated for 2017 . At this time of year, thoughts turn to spring. Let's spring forward to blooming times, the best locations for witnessing spring's beginnings, and springtime events in the big city. While the occasional snow could blow through the city, we're just weeks now from callery pears in bloom and opening day at the ballpark. In The Ramble, Central Park. mid-April Blooming Times •  Central Park Conservancy's website  lists blooming times within the park. During the month of March we begin to see crocus, daffodils, forsythia, snowdrops, witch-hazel, and hellebores. Species tulips will emerge in several places, but the Shakespeare Garden and Conservatory Garden are particularly good places to catch the beginning of Spring blooms. Central Park near E. 72nd St., saucer magnolia, typically end of March. •  Citywide Blooming Calendar from New York City Department of Parks & Recreation April is u

From Manhattan to the Bronx: A Walk Over the Henry Hudson Bridge to Henry Hudson Park

At the tiptop of Manhattan Island, Inwood Hill Park offers picturesque views of the Hudson River. For one of the best views, follow the marker at Shorakkopoch Rock (see map at the end of the post), the legendary place where Peter Minuit was said to have bought the island for 60 guilders, and follow the ridge up the slope. The path leads gently higher and higher, with views of the Salt Marsh down below and then the underside of the Henry Hudson Bridg e above. This spot along the ridge is well known among birders, as the height and the proximity to the Hudson River allow access to treetops and places where birds like to go.  View of Henry Hudson Bridge from Muscota Marsh in Inwood Hill Park. Look for the path on the left that leads up and under the bridge. This post will explain how to cross the bridge on foot. Keep going around the bend and past the bridge. A few spots of open pavement at the edge of the hill provide good views of the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, a swing bridge