Walking the Post Road

The Bowery Mission, founded in the 1870s, still provides shelter for the destitute for which the Bowery, this section of the old Post Road, is famous.

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Abraham Lincoln, from the Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860.

“This ain’t no Mudd Club, or CBGB, I ain’t got time for that now.”

Talking Heads, ‘Life During Wartime,’ 1979.


  1. 1.Gerard R. Wolfe, New York: A Guide to the Metropolis: Walking Tours of Architecture and History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983), 247-8.

  2. 2. Ibid., 240.

  3. 3. Ibid., 219.  Much of what I describe along the walk in this section of New York is based on this book, so I will refrain from repeating ibid.s and just recommend you go and look at the book.

  4. 4. Knight, 70.

Distance Walked in the Entry:  1.9 miles

Total Distance Walked in New York State: 34.3 miles

Total Distance Walked for this Project (from Boston):  348 miles

Distance Remaining to New York (Bowling Green): 2 miles