A Great Saunter Day
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presented Shorewalker President Cy Adler with a beautiful proclamation to commemorate the GREAT SAUNTER AROUND MANHATTAN’S RIM, the 32nd circumambulation of New York Island by the Shorewalkers. ‘Manhattan’s grim waterfront was a lot rougher 32 years ago when a handful of us first scouted it,’ said Adler. ‘It’s much nicer now, but several reaches along the Harlem and East Rivers still need serious changes.’ Borough President Brewer agreed with him.
The distance walked by about 1400 healthy souls was about 32 miles. A few hundred more started, but did not go the entire route which started and ended at Fraunces Tavern.
The unusually chilly, grey weather was just fine for most walkers as were the beautiful cherry blossoms and flowers along the way. Shorewalkers have sauntered rain or shine on the First Saturday in May when temperature may range from a low of 55 degrees to as high 94 degrees.