Madison Square Park, New York City
Favorite thing: I was standing in Madison Square taking a picture and a couple of very fat, friendly squirrels walked right up to me. Apparently they are well fed and not at all afraid of humans. The squirrels in Chicago aren't quite as fat, perhaps they need to take up the low carb Atkins diet and forgo the bagels and pizza :-)
For numerology or gematria-loving kabbalists, this will be a disappointment. For tourists, travelers and drivers in NYC, this info will help. Though I thought it was common knowledge, maybe it's not. In any case, the NYC numbered street and avenue system does follow a rule...for the most part.
EVEN numbered streets run west-to-east
ODD numbered streets run east-to-west
EVEN numbered avenues run south-to-north
ODD numbered avenues run north-to-south
Exceptions: (and they're always exceptions!)
Broadway runs both ways north of 59th St., and south from 59th down to the Battery.
Park Avenue runs both ways (including Park Ave. South)
Madison runs north, Lexington runs south
Certain cross streets run both ways (96th, 86th, 79th, 72nd, 59th, 42nd, 34th, 23rd, 14th, Houston, Delancey, Canal...)
Generally, north of 14th Street is gridded, south of 14th is pretzel logic. My final tip for visitors to NY- do yourself, your nerves and auto insurance company rates a favor and take public transportation in Manhattan. :)
New York is very easy to get around if you remember a few simple rules.
5th Avenue divides the city East from West. Building address numbers are the lowest closest to 5th Avenue and get higher as you proceed East towards the East River or West towards the Hudson.
Manhattanwide (East Side):
1-49 betw 5th and Madison Av
50-99 betw Madison & Park Av
100-149 betw Park & Lex Av
149-199 betw Lex & 3rd Av
200-299 betw 3rd & 2nd Av
300-399 betw 2nd & 1st Av
400-499 betw 1st & York (Av A below 14thSt)
500-599 betw Av A & Av B
Avenues on the West side change names above 59th street so
Below 59th Street:
1-99 betw 5th & 6th Av
100-199 betw 6th & 7th Av
200-299 betw 7th & 8th Av
300-399 betw 8th & 9th Av
400-499 betw 9th & 10th Av
500-599 betw 10th & 11th Av
Above 59th Street:
1-99 betw CPW & Columbus Av
100-199 betw Columbus & Amsterdam Av
200-299 betw Amsterdam & West End Av
300-399 betw West End Av & Riverside Dr
Favorite thing: go to the Madison Square, 5th Av from 23rd to 26th St (station : 23rd St). It is a pleasant stop when you walk on the 5th Av. Nearby there is the first skyscraper of NY : The Flatiron Building at the corner of Broadway & 5th Av. (see the article dedicated)
Favorite thing: Bryant Park is a relaxing park in between the chaos of Times Square on one side and 5th Avenue on the other. Free movie screenings are held here during the summer, but you'd be well advised to get here in plenty of time for those, unlike my poor excuse for a brother who was supposed to find us a spot to watch Rear Window but failed miserably!
Favorite thing: If you are a sports fan, NYC still has Yankee Stadium (pictured here,) Shea Stadium (in Queens) , Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium (in Queens), and Madison Square Garden. What more do you want? (Well, the Meadowlands would be nice to have, but it's right across the river.)
Fondest memory: I am not a cinephile nor do I have a great interest for Broadway shows, so my best memories of New York are the long walks along streets and avenues, watching the people and the beautiful architecture, like in Madison Square.