Meditation: On Walking New York

 The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form'd, 
     beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes,
 Trottoirs throng'd, vehicles, Broadway, the women, the 
     shops and shows,
 A million people--manners free and superb--open voices--
     hospitality--the most courageous and friendly young 
     men,
 City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts! 
 City nested in bays! my city!
		                    --from "Mannahatta" by Walt Whitman
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As a consolation prize since the AT walk's been postponed to December 3rd, the walking tour of Walt Whitman's SoHo put together by the Academy of American Poets is a pretty fascinating read.

Photo: Ben Lawson

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