Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Mar 2008, 23:11 p.m.

A Random Walk

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My sister is visiting me this weekend and we're going to try to walk the length of Manhattan this Saturday.

We are tantalizingly close to the end of our trek and elated to find ourselves in front of 2 Broadway. We rush toward the dimly glowing storefront that we think must be One. What could be at One Broadway? What treasures could it hold? Apparently: tortilla chips and guacamole. It's a Chipotle. One Broadway is a Chipotle.

It should take ten to twelve hours. It should also be pretty awesome, and about the length of a half-marathon, and thus good practice for any future charity walks we do.


28 Mar 2008, 7:51 a.m.

My cousin Mark and I did half of that (well, maybe 1/3) last weekend - Penn station all the way down. It was fantastic, and 3 hours (we walked fast, but had heavy backpacks on - we'd overnighted in New Jersey - and stopped for food along the way). It was pretty fantastic. Have fun with your sister!

28 Mar 2008, 10:23 a.m.

If Broadway is 21 miles long as stated in the NYT article, that's actually a bit over 3/4 of a marathon. 10 to 12 hours is reasonable if you plan to stop a lot. I walked a marathon (26.2 miles) in 2005 in 9 hours and 3 minutes. I'm not a fast walker, either. I hope you have a lot of fun! Oh, and take pictures!

Eric Fischer
28 Mar 2008, 13:32 p.m.

But just 13.4 of those 21 miles are within Manhattan, right? So I would have expected more like 5 hours than 10 to 12.

Either way, I hope you have a great time of it. Hooray for long walks!

01 Apr 2008, 19:05 p.m.

I once walked from Chinatown to 34th Street without passing a single subway station. To this day, I have no idea how I managed that.