30 Years of the Great Saunter
A brief history of the Shorewalkers
Since 1982, Shorewalkers has been a leading advocate of environmental and other quality-of-life projects in the New York City Metropolitan Region, emphasizing the opening to the public of waterfront property.
Shorewalkers’ first hike took place Sunday, December 12, 1982 along the west coast of Manhattan. Our announcement read:
"Explore the changing Hudson River Coast, Battery Park, the Westway Route, active piers, through Penn-Central railroad yards and into Riverside Park. Lunch stop in Harlem. Wilderness above the George Washington Bridge, wind up in an Irish pub in Inwood"
We walked through Penn Central Yards, which were then active railroad freight lines between 59th St. and 72nd St. The rail yards have since been converted to blocks of dull condominiums and a strip of green called Riverside Park South. And it really was wilderness north of the George Washington Bridge along the deteriorating waterfront through little used parks, one of which is still unnamed. At the time, Irish Inwood bars dispensed beer at 15 cents a glass, a price that shocked several lawyers who walked with us. "Westway" was the highly debated proposed highway in a tunnel from 42nd St. to the Battery to be built on landfill. It would have added at least 300 acres of parkland to the Hudson River Park. Alas, it was never built.
It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael Pollack on Aug. 27, 2014. Mike was a long time hike leader and volunteer for Shorewalkers. In addition to leading memorable hikes in which he imparted interesting and little known facts
about New York neighborhoods, he helped us here on the website posting many of the hikes.
Mike will be missed.
The Board of Directors
Want to be More Creative? Take a Walk
Reprinted from the New York Times Apil 30, 2014
If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study.
The Great Saunter of 2014
Under clear skies and a cool early morning 1,187 saunteres started their circumnavigation around the island of Manhattan. Passing through 21 parks, miles of greenways and city streets, all with flowers and trees in full bloom, 542 saunterers completed the full 32 miles. Whether done in stages or all at once, the smiling faces at Fraunces Tavern, the beginning and end of The Great Saunter, showed the personal sense of satisfaction that comes with the goal of completing one of the great physical challenges New York has to offer--The Great Saunter--the longest urban walk in the United States.
Great Saunter 2015 Dates to Keep in Mind
APRIL 14TH - ONLINE DEADLINE: last day for registering online in time for the Great Saunter Mailing on April 17th. (If you miss this day you can bring your Confirmation email on May 3rd - and pick up your Great Saunter materials then.)
MARCH 20TH - MAILED IN REGISTRATION DEADLINE: last day for Shorewalkers to receive registration by mail for Memberships or the Great Saunter in order to be entered for the Great Saunter. After March 20th you must register for the Great Saunter in person. Payment in person will be for the Great Saunter only. All paperwork received after March 20th will not be processed until after May 3rd.
For more information on Great Saunter Registration and F.A.Q. click here!
Great Saunter Registration F.A.Q.
By registering in advance, you will receive your Great Saunter materials in the mail and you will be good to go on May 2nd!
Pete Seegar: A Shorewalker Along Many Rivers
By Cy A Adler
Hiking in a Winter Wonderland
reprinted from the New York Times
Walking in a Winter Wonderland in New York City Parks
By KEITH MULVIHILL
Published: December 19, 2013
JUST because temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean outdoor efforts to elevate your heart rate should take a nose dive, too. New York City offers many walking trails and paths through scenic, wooded parks and along breathtaking waterways
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