It came to light as another birthday passed for me this August that I decided to walk Broadway from the top of Manhattan to the bottom (Broadway Bridge to the Battery) and during my planning I heard about your organization and the Great Saunter.
Cy Adler and his wife were good friends with my mom and lived in my neighborhood on the Upper Westside of Manhattan. My mother was very politically active and most of her friends, like Cy and his wife, shared that passion.
It’s illuminating reading about Cy’s creation of this Saunter his many accomplishments as well as in the restoration, development, and accessibility of Manhattan’s shoreline. It’s a beautiful legacy. The fact that he was connected with my family in any way makes me feel blessed.
A few years ago, Cy and my mom ran into each other and he gave her a copy of the Batt to Bear book and he inscribed it to “Keep Walking”. My sister gave me the book and I carried it with me on My Successful Semi Saunter down the Great White Way. This has inspired me to one day do the Great Saunter.
After reading about your Virtual Great Saunter, I felt saddened that the consistent tradition that Cy started will be broken because of COVID and although I understand the current concerns and precautions in the world, I believe someone should actually walk it. I mean no Olympics and no Saunter?
And since I live and worked in the area I plan to do so carefully, responsibly yet boldly. I hope to keep your Saunter going and I pray that I can do it in under 12 hours. This unsanctioned attempt will go up the Eastside and down the west. I plan to begin at a Sunrise and hope to have a beer and at Fraunces Tavern at the end.
My goal is to keep the torch lit for Cy and to let those who come from around the world to walk the rim of Manhattan that the Great Saunter lives.