Walking Tour in New York City

Optimized walking tour of New York City

If skyscrapers, museums, and large crowds are your gig, then this walking tour is for you. In 4.5 hours of walking, you’ll hit major sights like Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and more. This walking tour covers 14 miles of Manhattan, so come prepared with your walking shoes for what will add up to a half marathon.

Of course, if you want to stop and actually enjoy the sights along the way (which I strongly advise!), this tour could easily end up taking several days. Between long lines, hour-long museum tours, and frequent stops for Cronuts, you’ll likely only be able to hit a handful of stops per day before everything closes down. Keep that in mind when dividing this trip up over several days.

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If 14 miles of walking sounds like too much, you can easily cut down on walking by taking the subway or bus for some of the longer legs of the trek. Or better yet, the same tour can be followed on a bike instead.

Here’s the Google Maps walking directions: [1] [2] [3]

Here’s the full list of attractions in order:

  1. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, NY
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028
  3. The Frick Collection, East 70th Street, New York, NY
  4. Central Park, New York, NY
  5. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), West 53rd Street, New York, NY
  6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
  7. Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
  8. Radio City Music Hall, Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
  9. Theater District, New York, NY
  10. Times Square, New York, NY
  11. Bryant Park, New York, NY
  12. New York Public Library, New York, NY
  13. Chrysler Building, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
  14. Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
  15. The Morgan Library & Museum, Madison Avenue, New York, NY
  16. Empire State Building Observation Deck, 5th Avenue, New York, NY
  17. Madison Square Garden, Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
  18. The High Line, New York, NY 10011
  19. Chelsea Market, 9th Avenue, New York, NY
  20. Ground Zero Museum Workshop, West 14th Street, New York, NY
  21. Greenwich Village, New York, NY
  22. Washington Square Park, New York, NY
  23. SoHo, New York, NY
  24. Tenement Museum, Orchard Street, New York, NY
  25. St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway, New York, NY
  26. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York, NY 10006
  27. Statue of Liberty

5 Tips to Find Meaning and Purpose in Later Life

Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity as a successful college Chief Financial Officer and owner of a thriving software company was built into the job. What I did was who I was, and that was the end of it.

Then, once I moved over to the other side of full-time work, the picture became less clear. Take the job away and who was I?

Stepping aside, I was more than ready to bequeath my left-brained razzle-dazzle to the young Turks whose beta-wave-oriented brains were just reaching full-flourish mode.

I could also sense that new personal capacities were opening up for me, which could change my sudden sense of loss to a sense of gain.

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I felt something stir within me: The potential of moving forward with vitality andpurpose. Yet I had only the slightest awareness of how to construct such a new reality.

Six years later, life is again a happy adventure and my mission is clear. (I captured that journey towards wholeness in my recent memoir, Sailing the Mystery.)

Here are five tips that will hopefully ease your passage into a purpose-filled later life:

1. Identify the activities that provide you with a sense of purpose. There is no objective reality when it comes to defining what we find personally meaningful — we’re all wired differently. Some of us feel purposeful when we experience a sense of direction, others when we’re engaged in nurturing and still others when we are immersed in nature. The key is to know what works for you.

My favorite process of gaining discernment is to keep a notebook over a month (or more) and record the activities or feelings that promote a sense of wellbeingwithin me.

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2. Create a brief statement that ties together the interests that provide you with a sense of purpose. Synthesizing your list of meaningful activities down to one core phrase will be your guiding light, like a mantra you can repeat over and over. Keep the phrase simple but comprehensive enough to answer the question: How do I want to invest my precious and limited life energy?

Here are a few examples:

  • “Do everything for the benefit of others.”
  • “Love and appreciate what I already am.”
  • “Make my life an offering to (spirit, God…).”
  • “Exercise no judgment, just unconditional love.”
  • “Envision my life as a ministry.”

I’ve used each of these phrases at one time or another as a continual reminder of why I am here. To me they seem like variations on a theme: How to operate outside the confines of my ego and dedicate my life to something larger than “me.” What works for you?

(MORE: Sailing Into a Reinvented Life)

3. Strengthen your inner landscape. Learning to live your purpose is essentially a spiritual exercise, and thus an “inside” job. For many of us, our work years required conforming to external guideposts and demands. Now we have the opportunity to develop new skills that are typically more reflective, such as attentive listening and trusting in the rightness of it all.

Contemplative activities such as meditation are a real winner in fostering this often-dormant skill set of inner reflection. For support, join a community of meditators. Or if movement is more your thing, try yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong.

4. Learn to be still. I often think the key to fulfillment in one’s later years is not about finding purpose; rather, we need to let it find us. Sounds easy, but it’s not, since implicit in that notion is learning a whole new way of embracing life.

We must (at least partially) go from moving to standing still; from managing to accepting; from doing to being. And that’s just the beginning.

Experimenting with turning your guidance system 180 degrees (from an outward gaze to an inward one) can be disorienting at first. It’s a little like being stuck in the middle of the Atlantic on a small sailboat without GPS, just a note at the navigation station that says: be still. I know — I’ve been there, and the feeling is scary until you get used to it.

5. Explore what it means to create. The act of creating is the unfolding of who we are in the world, and thus a kissing cousin to living out our deeper purpose. It can take the form of art, music, writing, cooking, conversation, making love or even just sitting quietly.

Explore how and what gives you that feeling of deep connection to yourself and, by extension, to everything else. Further, recognize that sense of internal fullness when it occurs and seek it out in all that you do.

I love picking up one of my antique wooden musical instruments and “riffing” as though the year is 1600. It brings me so alive to myself, and to others.

Finding meaning and purpose in our lives is both the most important and the most difficult endeavor we pursue. Enjoy the journey, and have fun doing it!

 

Alfajores

INGREDIENTES

Esencia de Vainilla 1 cda.

Manteca 150 g

Polvo de hornear 15 grs.

Sal 1 cdita.

Almidón de maíz 400 grs.

Yemas 9 Unidades

Coñac 1 cda.

Dulce de leche repostero Cantidad necesaria

Ralladura de limón 1 cda.

Azúcar impalpable 150 g

Coco rallado Cantidad necesaria

Harina 0000 100 g

PREPARACIÓN

Alfajorcitos de maicena

Blanquear la manteca pomada con el azúcar impalpable. Perfumar con la ralladura de limón, el coñac y la esencia de vainilla. Incorporar las yemas.

Mezclar el almidón de maíz con el harina, el polvo leudante y la sal. Tamizar e incorporar al batido de manteca y azúcar.

Una vez que la masa tome, estirar con palote y dejar descansar en frio sobre una placa espolvoreada con harina.

Cortar tapas con un molde circular y disponerlas sobre una placa previamente enmantecada. Llevar a horno a 180°c de 8 a 10 minutos, cuidando que la preparación no tome demasiado color.

Para el armado

Armas los alfajores con dulce de leche entre las capas, y pasar por coco rallado.