[Tow Pound Beach at West 34th Street, photograph by Ofer Wolberger/Village Voice]
The Village Voice's Best of New York Issue drops this this week; given the insane volume of best-of listings, we recommend picking up the paper in lieu of scrolling down your monitor. (Bonus: makes a great paperweight.) Worth linking here, though, are three short essays on topics dear to Curbed's heart: Manhattan streets just one block long, the Astor Place invasion of alien architecture, and, best of all, a tour of Manhattan's lesser-known beaches, like the glorious Tow Pound Beach at 34th Street on the West Side. Add a Shake Shack outpost and give Coney Island a run for its money.
· Your Shore: Best Obscure Manhattan Beaches [Village Voice]
· Roads to Nowhere: One Block Manhattan Streets [Village Voice]
· Alien Architecture: Invasion of Building Snatchers [Village Voice]
· Best of New York City 2005 [Village Voice]