Walking in NYC

It’s Thursday, so here are some doors that live across the street from me. I admired them the first time I saw them, waiting outside for the broker to show me the apartment I’m now living in.

When I posted a photo of the view from my window, Jade asked if I could take some pictures when I was out walking. Here are the houses across the street. The entrance to the houses with the interesting roof is down steps, and not as beautiful as the rest of the house.

I took these photos walking early Sunday morning to meet my daughters for coffee and tea on Columbia’s campus, which we do on weekends, weather permitting. I liked this bike parked on my street as I headed to Riverside Park.

Many buildings have planted flowers around their trees. I live between Central Park and Riverside Park, but my daughters both live above Central Park and close to Riverside Park, so that’s where I walk. Here I’m on my way west.

More doors, one up and one down.

I’ve made it to the park. Citibike has stations every few blocks. You can see most of the bikes from this one are already in use. Early morning also means dog walking, with owners stopping to chat.

Last weekend many trees were still in flower, but things were starting to look more green.

In some places you can see the West Side Highway, the Hudson River, and New Jersey. Hello Nina!

On the way back home I went down from the streetside walkway into the park proper and stopped by the 91st Street Garden, which is maintained by volunteers. It’s looking good! We’ve had plenty of rain this spring.

I couldn’t resist this house and doorway, although I cut off the top of the building, being an inexperienced street photographer. I’ll have to try again next week. I wonder–why are those windows on the turret facing so far in? What was the architect thinking? Perhaps the white part is a later addition. But still, it’s a great building.

And finally, some graffiti (this is for you Jack) and some outdoor dining on Amsterdam Avenue. These sheds are all up and down the streets now.

I seem to have many blogging friends who do street photography, and it was fun to try it myself. Thursday doors and more for Manja, Pat, and Robbie, for Jack who is now chronicling the streets of LA, and all the others who keep a lookout for the ways we go from one place to another when we are out walking. And thanks to Jade for the inspiration.

The sentiments extend beyond Times Square to my part of NYC too.

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39 responses to “Walking in NYC”

  1. Manja Mexi Mexcessive says :

    Ahh, what a brilliant walk! And I saw that you left the link at Dan’s, thanks for that. Maybe include a link to his post in yours, just so people who like doors can find more of them from all over the world.

    I would be drawn to these doors opposite your building as well. They feel secure and cosy and I love the colour pattern. Also, I love that peculiar building towards the end, and the name of the initiative Garden people.

    Really great to see you see the doors around you. Once you start, you can’t stop. πŸ˜‰ Thank you! All well to you and happy May!

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  2. ben Alexander says :

    I love walking around NYC. It’s simultaneously familiar and foreign to me everywhere I turn.

    ❀
    David

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Superb and excellent post, Marta. Beauty and greenery everywhere. The doors too are awesome.

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  4. tiffanyarpdaleo says :

    Thanks for sharing, NYC is my second favorite place to be, and it’s been too long since my last visit!

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  5. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, this is a really great post. I loved seeing the doors around where you live. NYC does fascinate me and these buildings are very attractive.

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  6. Dan Antion says :

    Thanks for taking us on this walk with you. I love walking in New York. The house with the white-ish turret mighe have been transformed into apartments. The windows on that section look like there’s a stairway inside. That would be a good way to provide access to the different floors without messing up the inside floor plan. I love the first doors you shared. Thanks for sharing this walk with Thursday Doors.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I think you may be right about that white addition. I’ve seen some very creative transformations over the years. Even in dividing larger apartments into smaller ones. I can understand why they would want to preserve the interior of a house like that.

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  7. JosieHolford says :

    It’s a great neighborhood! And with so much in bloom or coming on it’s even better!

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  8. melaniereynolds says :

    Thank you so much for taking us on a walk with you! I have never been to NYC. I live in a leafy small town that gets mistaken as a suburb of Seattle even though it is 25 miles away. πŸ™‚ I keep meaning to take a picture of a sign on downtown Main st that says “No Horses on walkways.” πŸ™‚

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  9. Teresa says :

    Beautiful doors and thanks for taking me with you for a walk. I have never been to NYC.

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  10. Claudia McGill says :

    I hope you will do this again. I love being able to place you in a setting. I like your neighborhood very much. It reminds me of some scenes in my city, Philadelphia, but different too of course, each city is its own self. Sounds like the surroundings suit you.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Claudia, they do. I will definitely do it again–when we first had the blog, Nina and I did more of this kind of post. I always enjoy your photos of the places you go.

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  11. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Thanks for the tour, Kerfe. Beautiful!

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  12. sustainabilitea says :

    What a delightful walk and some stunning buildings and doors! Thanks for letting me tag along.

    janet

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  13. merrildsmith says :

    Thank you for the tour, Kerfe. It was fun to see the city scenes. I haven’t walked in Philadelphia since before the pandemic, so this was extra fun.
    That is very strange about those inward facing windows!

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  14. judeitakali says :

    Wow, that’s a very beautiful neighborhood K. πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. Art Snehal says :

    Thank Kerfe for walking us along with you on NY streets, lovely flowers and trees. Enjoyed building and door designs too.

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  16. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, how did I miss this! What a delightful stroll with you. You captured such interesting bits around your neighborhood, and I like putting pictures to things you’ve talked about. The door across the street is very cool. The garden with the dark tulips is so pretty!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Jade. I enjoyed it, and it certainly made me more observant than I normally am. That garden has been there for at least 40 years and it’s always beautifully taken care of. It’s full of butterflies in the summer.

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  17. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Delightful walkabout – and very different from my midwestern semi-suburban beat, although I do have a lot of flowers and a tiny community garden and an “edible landscape” project not too far from here!

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