Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

This past Saturday, people from all over the world gathered for an event known as the Great Saunter: a 12-hour walk around Manhattan's perimeter. The 32-mile pilgrimage in the midst of spring's bloom brought us through 20 waterfront parks, a surprise farmer's market, underneath historic bridges, and within parting and welcoming gazes of the Statue of Liberty.

The Saunter's challenges are as diverse as Manhattan, taking many forms and surprising you around every corner. Scroll through these 25 images and watch the island veer from city to nearly scenic serenity, and back to city again. It began at Fraunces Tavern, downtown in the Financial District, next to Wall St (shown above). [The Great Saunter]

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

It quickly brought you out to Battery Park, within view of Jersey City.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

The walk took us past tourists lining up to board ferries to the Statue of Liberty.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Alongside stunning marinas.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

We walked in the shadow of Manhattan in the early morning, while the east side of Jersey City soaked in the sun.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Through the lower two-thirds of Manhattan's perimeter, you're constantly reminded of its historic maritime history in the form of long abandoned piers.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Parts of the Hudson River Park can be quite open.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

An older participant familiarized himself with the Saunter route at late registration.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

A participant taking in the view of piers 92 and 93.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

One of the Hudson River's abandoned rail bridges.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

A noisy but sparsely populated segment of Riverside Park.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

New York City's public work's department hard at work, next to a salt reserve.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

One of New York City's major arteries, the George Washington Bridge.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

A very empty trail in Inwood Hill Park.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

The underbelly of the Henry Hudson bridge.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Participants rest at the Saunter's halfway point outside Inwood Hill Park.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

The Inwood Greenmarket, offering nourishment aside from New York's persistent and ever-present bodegas.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Graffiti artist enjoying the weather in Inwood.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

The George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and High Bridges all within sight of the noisy Harlem River Park.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Sanitation trucks around 140th st in Harlem.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Ward's Island Bridge viewed from the Bobby Wagner Walkway along the East River.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Looking back towards the Queensboro Bridge from the East River Promenade.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Participants within sight of the Williamsburg Bridge along the East River Promenade.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Finishing just before dusk, just as the weather starts taking a turn for the worse in this view down Water Street.

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

Exhausted Saunterers being photographed with their certificates of completion.