Manhattan Valley

Manhattan Valley

Say the phrase Manhattan Valley and you’ll be viewed with awe. At least by those, like you, who are in the know.

But, really, do you know what it is? If you’re an Upper West Sider, you probably do. But for those unfamiliar, it’s a neighborhood within the environs of the west side. Origins date back to the 1800s.  The name is based on a depression in the landscape, hence “Valley.” Let’s plan an NYC Daycation here and impress your friends with your knowledge of some really interesting facts about the UWSWe’ll call this the “did you know” kind of an adventure.

A Day in Manhattan Valley

Grab a coffee and pastry at La Toulousaine at 106th and Amsterdam. Then meander to 142 West 109th Street. Look up towards the 3rd floor. That was Barack Obama’s apartment when he arrived in NYC. 3E to be exact. The story goes that on his first night in NYC, this Upper West Side apartment was not available. So he slept in the alley and awoke find a homeless man showering from the nearby hydrant.

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MJ Goff

MJ Goff

Freelance writer and author, MJ Hanley-Goff, found her life's passion while composing high school essays. Since then, she's enjoyed a successful writing career which began at Long Island's Newsday, and then moved to the Times Herald-Record in Orange County. She's a regular contributor to Orange Magazine which covers the talented craftspeople of the area, and to the award-winning site, WomanAroundTown.com, which features entertainment, book reviews, and trending topics of interest to its New York City audience. The mom of "the best two daughters," MJ is also a writing teacher, high school essay helper, and book coach. Read her blogs at www.JoyfulWriting.com.
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