Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted literally shaped the landscape of New York, with an influence that touches millions of lives every day. On this walk we take a day to visit experience nearly all of their local contributions, starting at Morningside Park and hanging a right to take in Riverside. Cutting through the lower half of Central Park, we take the Manhattan Bridge over to Fort Greene Park and head for a ramble through Prospect Park. We come out the other side to take a long stroll down the Olmstead designed Ocean Parkway, then up the Prospect Park again before concluding the day on another Olmstead route, Eastern Parkway. Excluded in this walk due to distance is the previously visited Forest Park in Queens.
Our final jaunt in the 'September in Staten Island' covers the southern half of the island, holding the shore when possible to hit Blue Heron Park, Wolfe's Pond Park and Lemon Creek Wetlands Area, among others. A visit to Conference House Park signals the second half of the day, when we cut inland to visit the neighborhoods of Charleston, Woodrow and Annandale.
Our third week in the 'September in Staten Island' stays inland to catch some neighborhoods missed in the first two weeks. Dongan Hills, New Dorp and Great Kills are some of the areas touched on, with the turn at Arden Heights leading through to the College of Staten Island. We come out the otherside in Graniteville, sliding east across Castleton Corners before concluding in the Port Richmond region.
The 'September in Staten Island' continues by covering the east shore of the island, hitting St. George, Clifton and Shore Acres before walking the length of South Beach. A thorough walk of Great Kills Park gives way to a tour of Historic Richmond town and further ramblings about Latourette Park. The route meanders through Old Town and Emerson Hill on the way back to our concluding destination.