A promenade along upper Fifth Avenue and its environs will take you past the best residual case of New York's turn-of-the-century plated age. A temporary route through the old German area of Yorkville prompts a riverside walk around Gracie Mansion, official home of the city's leader, dating from 1799.
Tips for Walkers
Starting point: Frick Collection
Length: 3 miles (4.8km)
Getting there: Take subway train 6 to 68th Street and Lexington, then walk west three blocks to Fifth Avenue. Or take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus up Madison Avenue to 70th Street and walk one block west.
Stopping-off points: Attempt the Cafes at the Whitney and Guggenheim exhibition halls. Head to Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie for Austrian nourishment, or attempt the Heidelberg Cafe for authentic Bavarian. Madison Avenue somewhere around 92nd and 93rd has numerous spots to eat, including Sarabeth's Kitchen, with its incredible weekend early lunch, where you can go if you are searching for good New York food.
Turn east on 86th Street for what is left of German Yorkville - Bremen House, cross Second Avenue, then turn right to the Heidelberg Cafe and German shop Schaller and Weber for a break, or attempt Papaya King's hot dogs.
East River and Gracie Mansion
Henderson Place at East End Avenue is a group of 24 Queen Anne town houses. Carl Schurz Park inverse was named for the city's most unmistakable German worker, manager of Harper's Weekly and the New York Post. The recreation center promenade on East River Driver prompts a perspective of Hell Gate, where the Harlem River, Long Island Sound, and New York harbor meet.
From the walkway you can see the back of Gracie Mansion, the chairman's authentic habitation. Walk west on 88th Street past the Church of the Holy Trinity and at Lexington Avenue go to 92nd Street and west past two of the couple of wooden houses left in Manhattan.
Back on Fifth Avenue, turn downtown past the Felix Warburg Mansion of 1908, now the Jewish Museum, and keep on 91st Street and the enormous Andrew Carnegie home, now the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Worked in 1902 in the style of an English nation estate, it gave the range the informal name of Carnegie Hill, which is a must visit especially if it is your first time visiting New York City.
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