The merry month of May is just the perfect time to read and discuss Phillip Lopate's Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan. Our improving weather offers a suitable kick to get us out the door, feet on the street, and heads craned in search of great vistas. We're primed and ready for new adventures - to paraphrase Mr. Lopate, well, that's Spring for you!
And, of course, Phillip Lopate's book offers innumerable possibilities for day hikes and strolls in neighboring New York. Coincidentally, there are several walking events taking place in Manhattan this weekend which are referenced by the author. One is the Great Saunter sponsored by the Shorewalkers which takes place tomorrow. You'll recall that Mr. Lopate participated (to some extent) in this 35 mile organized walk around Manhattan's shores. Here is their Web site. The other notable walking event is sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York and is entitled Jane's Walk NYC, in honor of urban booster Jane Jacobs who was discussed numerous times in Waterfront. There will be over 70 guided, free walking tours throughout the boroughs on both Saturday and Sunday. Roosevelt Island is featured in one of the tours, and another one is entitled "An Accessible Waterfront for East Harlem." Link to their Web site here for more information.
In no case are you to pay any attention to these! Your duty is to show up and discuss the book, right?! Well, I hope to see many of you for our discussion tomorrow; if not, I'll know where you've been. If you wish, please refer to my commentary on Waterfront in Book News and More, also.