Category Archives: City Walks

A Week of Walks, October 18-24

New Yorkers, please join me for a Week of Walks with Alissa Walker October 18-24, as I lead you on six different urban adventures based on City Walks Architecture: New York, recently published by Chronicle Books! All walks are free … Continue reading

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Where can you find City Walks Architecture: New York?

You can find them in a box. At Chronicle Books I found the ones that got tossed. You can find them at Borders, I bet. You can find them on the internet. If you see a copy in the wild, … Continue reading

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City Walks Architecture: New York, unboxed!

Exactly one year ago today, I was on Staten Island, re-walking the 25th and final route in a New York architectural walking guide I researched, photographed and wrote over the course of last summer. Just one short year later, City … Continue reading

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If I did it, here’s how it happened

On the outset, it seemed like an impossible task. Canvas the streets of New York, gawk at each architecturally significant property in the city, dream up 25 perfect walking itineraries, tear through them at marathon pace and still manage to … Continue reading

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Farewell fair New York

You were loud, crowded, dirty, cranky, moist, and sometimes you smelled worse than the insides of the shoes I wore every day for two months (without socks). But I shall never forget the kindness (and gelato) I found in your … Continue reading

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Famous or what

During my walks, my zealous documentary nature (camera to face, staring at addresses, taking feverish notes) made many people think I was doing something much more suspicious than researching architectural walking itineraries. I think most people believed I was a … Continue reading

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My top ten New York buildings

Forgive me, those of you who thought I fell victim to the notorious man-eating parakeets of Staten Island. But as hard as I tried to farm it out to a group of guys selling Circle Line tickets outside the Empire … Continue reading

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Staten Island fairly

Visiting Staten Island is a secret NY journey you must experience to appreciate the city. For one, it starts with a free cruise through the sparkling blue waters of New York Bay, a body of water rivaled only by the … Continue reading

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Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

I think this building should be condemned. There’s serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it’s completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone. At 1:40 p.m., at the … Continue reading

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The real Little Italy

I was feeling a little down the other day and I knew there was only one thing that could cheer me up: Going to Little Italy. But not the Little Italy you’re probably thinking of; I’m talking about the one … Continue reading

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