Los Angeles-based writer Alissa Walker (whose last name could as easily be a vocational title) is a great advocate of getting around on foot. She is the author of a newly released collection of architectural walking tours of New York City, published by Chronicle Books as part of their City Walks series (as well a Dwell contributor and creator of the blog-cum-brand Gelatobaby).
The tour guide is designed as a deck of 25 individual, pocket-size cards, making it easy to embark on a street hike unfettered by the weight of a book. Each card features a map, some architectural history of the area, and modern-day commentary on each destination, which range from the gleaming "green" skyscrapers of Manhattan to the well-aged row houses of Harlem.
Below, Alissa answers a few questions about how she compiled this custom pack of urban treks and what kind of footwear preserves both sanity and vanity while walking in New York City.
When not working in design, Sarah Rich writes, talks and forecasts about food and consumer culture.