The top 10 cities for walking speed, according to Robert Levine’s study, were: Dublin, Amsterdam, Zurich, London, Frankfurt, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Nairobi and Rome. With the exception of Nairobi, it’s been concluded that cities that are more economically productive tend to have faster walkers.
North Brother Island, located in the East River just minutes away by ferry from the Bronx, might be NYC’s very own secret forbidden island. Not open to the public since the late 60s/early 70s. Former home to Typhoid Mary, an actual person who really did spread Typhoid Fever in the early 1900s, the island was placed under the responsibility of the NYC Parks Department in 2001.