General note about this series of entries: It is hard to know how many other every-street walkers are out there. I imagine there plenty who go about their walking quietly, without being noticed by the local news media or without documenting it for the general public online or in print. If you happen to know someone who has walked or is currently in the process of walking every street somewhere (a few are highlighted in my links on the right sidebar) please let me know.
I would not go so far as calling every-street walking in Manhattan to be a trend, but there appear to be more people who have walked all of the streets of this New York City borough than anywhere else. If I lived there I would walk every street as well. Last year I was in New York for a week and walked all day long every day I was there, throughout Manhattan and a bit of Brooklyn, and felt I had barely scratched the surface of this place. The walker who most inspired my Berkeley walk was Caleb Smith. His walk was written up in the New Yorker and documented on his website. Mike Epstein, who runs the photoblog Satan’s Laundromat, was inspired by Smith’s walk. On Flickr, you can follow the journeys of the everystreetinmanhattan walkers.
Manhattan is huge. But then there are the other boroughs. Gary Jarvis probably has the right idea for attacking Brooklyn: he is running every street there. John McNamara, who wrote a number of books on the Bronx, including History of Asphalt: The Origin of Bronx Street and Place Names, apparently walked every street in the Bronx (and canoed or kayaked every waterway there) in his time. Staten Island and Queens may not seem to some people to be the first place to walk, but both of these places appear to have many hidden surprises for walkers. If you are inspired to walk in New York City, Forgotten NY has an amazing (and overwhelming) amount of suggestions for things see, including historical buildings of all sorts, abandoned theaters and hospitals, amusement park remains, old signs, street lamps, hidden alleys, and more.