Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MCC Member Manhattan Sideways Maps Manhattan’s Small Businesses, is a website dedicated to exploring the side streets of Manhattan. For almost two years, Betsy Bober Polivy, the creator of Manhattan Sideways, has been walking from the East River to the Hudson with the sole purpose of promoting the businesses on these streets.

The project began as a whimsical idea of crisscrossing the side streets of Manhattan and has quickly become a top source that celebrates small businesses and introduces viewers to all that makes up a neighborhood. Through vibrant photography and videos alongside detailed descriptions, the Manhattan Sideways team pounds the pavement every day to provide information on boutiques, bars, restaurants, hotels, galleries, gardens, historic sites and more.

In a statement, Betsy noted that the Avenues — the major north to south thoroughfares of the island — are well-covered by the media and well-traversed by shoppers and travelers. “I wanted to get off the beaten path and explore the side streets. In fact, the development of Manhattan’s iconic grid, starting at 1st Street and continuing up to 155th Street, envisioned the side streets as being of greater importance than the avenues,” she said. “I am literally walking side to side, east to west, beginning on 1st Street and wending my way north. My goal is to walk the numbered side streets and document every commercial establishment, and other places of interest, with special feature write-ups along the way." Presently, the site has 45 streets on it. There are almost 8,000 entries with a new street getting ready to go up every week to ten days.

Please take a moment to look at the site and to explore many of the hidden gems about which Betsy has written. To gain a better understanding of Manhattan Sideways, you might want to watch the recent Fox 5 News interview

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