New York is a great city for passionate runners, regular marathoners, and total newbies. You can have a run while enjoying views of the river and skyline. You can choose the hustle and bustle of the busy roads or the beauty of the green parks and peaceful trails of New York.
While most think of Central Park and Prospect Park when it comes to running, there are many other scenic routes that offer breathtaking views of the city. Check out the 10 best places to run in New York. I've covered all the necessary details on the routes and some safety tips. I'm sure you'll find a new favorite spot to diversify your running routine and stay motivated. Happy running!
Runners should exercise caution, stay to the right, and run in a single file. The bike path links to Riverside South at W. 59th St.
It is hard to beat the crisp morning miles with the sun peacefully rising over the bustling city, peaking through the towers, but there really isn’t a bad time to enjoy this route.
For your safety and the safety of others, please run only in a counterclockwise direction around the track.
If you get lost while running in the Park, lampposts can help you find your way. Check the four numbers on any lamppost base — the first two numbers indicate the nearest street (“60” would mean 60th Street) and the last two numbers designate whether you’re on the west or east side (odd number means west, even number means east).
Keep an eye out for leashed dogs and horses at the bridle path.
BEST TIME TO RUN: Early morning or early evening. During the day, there is limited shade and lots of foot traffic.
Remember to stay in the isolated running lane as there are cyclists and pedestrians in the park, so stay alert.
It’s a short subway ride from Midtown (just take the 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza) and well worth the trip.
If you hit the boardwalk after the beach, don’t do it barefoot: while parts are modernized, there’s still a lot of splintery wood just waiting to snag your already blistered flesh.
In the off-season, Coney Island is eerily empty, but during summer especially the crowds can get insane.
Take the D, F, N, or Q Train to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue. If you are taking the train or parking in the lot near the Coney Island attractions, you’ll be starting this boardwalk run in the center of all the action.
PARK OPENS AT 6 AM AND CLOSES AT 1 AM
Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited. We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking, or walking to the park. BBP is accessible by bus, subway, and ferry.
Lockers are available to store your possessions while you play at Pier 2. Pier 2’s lockers are accessible for 25 cents.
There are lots of people casually strolling along the sidewalks here, so as the runner speeding by, stay alert, and be prepared to run around folks.
Open Hours: 6am-9pm.
The High Line is open daily, and hours vary by season.
Spring hours: April 1 through May 31
7 am – 10 pm
Summer hours: June 1 through September 30
7 am – 11 pm
Fall hours: October 1 through November 30
7 am – 10 pm
Winter hours: December 1 through March 31
7 am – 7 pm
The park opens at 7 a.m., and to go to the High Line at that hour is to enter a peaceful, even solitary atmosphere that is a world away from the throngs that will arrive in a few hours.
Perhaps the best access for the Staten Island Greenbelt Multi-Purpose Trail is from the Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue (intersection of Brielle Avenue). For more information, visit the Greenbelt Conservancy.
Hours: 6 AM-1 AM
To get there from the ferry, take the S51, S52 or S81 bus to Father Capodanno Blvd. and walk towards the water.
Access is via the 1 train to Van Cortlandt Park — 242nd St. or the 4 train to Woodlawn.
Parking can be found on the far side of the park off of Jerome Avenue, or limited parking near the John Muir trailhead off of Broadway. Street parking is ample though, and you shouldn’t run into much trouble.
The best time to run is early morning or early evening offer cooler temperatures while the shade from the trees can offer cooler runs in the afternoon than other locations in NYC.
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