Yesterday I complained a bit about one's inability to cross 1st Avenue on the Upper East Side during the New York City Marathon. It's an admittedly sore point amongst the locals, feeling a bit trapped in their own homes. However, an interesting and somewhat pleasant side effect (at least for pedestrians) are the multiple street closures which surround the race route. Being able to walk down the center of 79th Street is a rather unique feeling, especially later in the day when the crowds of race fans have subsided and you're left with a mostly-desolate stretch of road.
Meandering from curb to curb I still find myself looking over my shoulder, expecting to see either a car barreling down the street, or someone yelling at me to get out of the way. Luckily I was delusional.
The block is lined with fancy apartments and condos with doormen guarding the entrances of their respective fortresses every few feet. In between a few older buildings have managed to survive including a rather beautiful church on the northern side of the block. There appears to be an attached rectory right next to the church. This street also features a rare non-Cemusa newsstand which has been able to retain much of its vintage charm and grit.