A Beautiful Day for a Walk

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Washington Square, Cervantes, NYU, bronze, statueThe guests on Walk About New York’s walking tour got plenty of the best possible exercise as per Thomas Jefferson’s advice. We had picture-perfect weather for the tour on Saturday, 12.April. The Greenwich Village Walking Tour group stopped at the 1986 bronze of Miguel de Cervantes that stands in a pleasantly landscaped alley near Washington Square Park, where the tour begins.
toy poodle, dog friendly, grayWe are dog friendly at Walk About New York. One guest brought Mia, her toy poodle.
Jefferson Market Library, Victorian Gothic, 1876, Greenwich VillageVoted one of America’s most beautiful buildings after its completion in 1876, Greenwich Village’s Jefferson Market Library is a highlight of this tour.
Jefferson Market Library, clock, tower, Greenwich Village, lookout platformI have lived in Greenwich Village for 34 years; I have never seen people on the lookout deck of the Jefferson Market Library’s clock tower. I will have look into doing that with a tour group. What view it must offer! The tower was used to look out for fires in the Village.
Patchin Place, Greenwich Village, e.e. cummings, dead end, tour groupPatchin Place is a stop on the tour. It is one of NYC’s very rare dead end streets, making it peaceful for explaining its history for tour groups.
Patchin Place, Greenwich Village, e.e. cummings, dead end, tour groupIn the 1950s, Patchin Place had been home to e. e. cummings, who lobbied New York City to preserve the Jefferson Market Courthouse and convert it to its present use as a library
Miligan Place, Greenwich Village, e.e. cummings, dead end, tour groupWe had a very exciting moment on this tour. By chance and good luck, Saturday’s walking tour group got to go into Milligan Place, a private residential enclave near Patchin Place and Jefferson Market Library.