Daily Archives: February 28, 2009

Let Google Do the Walking (map)

Did you know that google maps has a beta site to search walking directions!?

Whereas I’m married to HopStop for public transport directions and tend to search “more street walking/fewer transfers,” I discovered google’s new map feature for walking, great for a girl/mother on the go – especially with kids in tow, when one needs to plan ahead.

So here’s today’s itinerary, pbj-704927-main_fullthanks in great part to the magic of the internet:
The Peanut Butter & Co
http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com
240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-3995
Greenwich Village, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets, a block south of Washington Square Park and NYU.

And since it began as a sort of sunny and a not-quite freezing 40 degree day, after a late lunch, we planned to hoof it to the tip of the island and visit the skyscraper museum check the website for hours http://www.skyscraper.org/
39 battery park place
New York, NY 10007
212-968-1961

Turns out, I’m the only one in my family who has voiced an interest in this museum despite the school boy’s knowledge of the tallest towers around the world, but we were to meet friends, young and old, for the afternoon so a peanut butter laden tummy and a playdate is good incentive to ponder the towers.

And then, thanks to google maps, I noted that the walking directions are in beta. The site says, “Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

Walking directions
TO 39 Battery Park Place FROM 240 Sullivan Street

BUT not so fast. I needed to heed google’s little warning about the path. Little did I realize that google maps didn’t recognize my destination address. Instead, it offered a choice and in haste, I selected 39 Park Place, oops.
1.Head southwest on Sullivan St towardBleecker St 0.5 mi
2.Slight left at 6th Ave/Ave of the Americas 0.4 mi
3.Slight right at Church St 0.4 mi
4.Turn right at Park Pl
Destination will be on the right 148 feet

The directions delivered us to an AT&T store where the staff welcomed and allowed us to use their computer to search for our destination. Still, many blocks north of where we were meant to be with a cold wind getting the best of our spirits, we grabbed a cab and relied on what we could have used in the first place, a laminated folding street map of NYC. Thankfully, the other mom in our gaggle had a map because our taxi driver had no idea how to get to Battery Park City.

Photo by Charles C. Ebbets for The New York Herald Tribune

Photo by Charles C. Ebbets for The New York Herald Tribune

The museum offers a small gallery space with some models, lots of images and some interactive features. There’s a good bookstore with lots of yes, books and architecture related toys and puzzles. Good for a rainy day or warm(er) day than today when you can stroll along the Battery Park esplanade or through Tribeca, taking in all the loft sites, high, low, new, and in between.

Have to say that the piece de la resistance of the day was the Peanut Butter Company in the Village. Our crowd sampled a fluffernutter, yum; the Elvis (crunchy peanut butter, honey and bananas), and a peanut butter BLT. I’d skip the tomato next time because the texture didn’t feel right on my tongue next to the crunchy sweet salty taste of the peanut butter, but bacon and peanut butter, that worked! The little sandwich shop is most crowded on Saturday afternoons but by 2 or 3pm, when we were there, the excitement died down and peanut butter lovers lolled around as they savored their gooey indulgences.

All in a days outing and then, home again, home again, jiggity jig.