July 21, 2020
Walking Tour of NoMad and Other Broadway Neighborhoods
Looking for a perfect socially distanced outing? Take a very manageable walking tour of NoMad and other neighborhoods along Broadway. Now, there’s a new book, William J. Hennessey’s, “Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History,” that surveys Broadway architectural landmarks and provides insights into the historic, social, economic, and political forces that shaped one of the nation’s most famous streets.
Hennessey has strolled the entire length of Broadway and photographed various sites of interest along the way. From its southern tip in Bowling Green to the Harlem River in the north, the author explores the architecture and its context on this thirteen-mile avenue.
But don’t think you have to hoof it all at once. Hennessey has thoughtfully created fourteen walks readers can take with book in hand. He provides block-by-block particulars and history behind the most visually interesting buildings on Broadway, which give readers (and walkers) a richer knowledge of the influences that shaped this storied street into what it is today.
Of course, one of our favorite walks (Walk 6) runs through NoMad from 23rd Street to 32nd Street. As the New York Post points out, a highlight – and a great place to stop for something to eat – is La Pecora Bianca, which now offers dining al fresco in the shade of the historic St. James Building.
It doesn’t matter the time of day – morning, afternoon, or evening. Put on your comfortable shoes and get ready for a wonderful walking tour of NoMad, as well as thirteen other New York neighborhoods that are fortunate to have Broadway traverse their blocks.