The East River Greenway is another car-free esplanade at waterfront at East side of Manhattan. It stretches from Battery Park in the south to 125th Street in north, about 9 miles, with a 1.2 mile-long gap between 34th Street and 60th Street where busy First and Second Avenues are needed to get around United Nations headquarters. The gap is currently under development and it is expected to be fully completed by 2024.

We have divided the route into two sections, one is north from United Nations and the other to the south.

1. Battery Park-East 34th Street. 4.4 miles. The main parts of this route are East River Waterfront and East River Park in south where you can enjoy great views of East River, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge as well as Brooklyn on the other side of East River. In north, you run through Kips Bay, Stuyvesant Cove Park, and brick paved Captain Patrick J. Brown Walk.

2. East 34th Street-East 125th Street. 5.0 miles. This part of East River Greenway consists of East Harlem, Carl Schurz Park and Upper East Side, and it tends to be less crowded than below East 34th Street. Enjoy spectacular views of the north end of Roosevelt Island and its lighthouse. You will also see western shoreline of Randall’s Island as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Willis Avenue Bridge. It is possible to run over to Randall’s Island — which is nice in theory but there is quite a bit of construction.

Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Map

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  • Battery Park-East 34th Street: 4.4 miles. East 34th Street-East 125th Street: 5.0 miles.
  • Fairly flat
  • Depends on which segments chosen
  • Subway along Lexington Ave. New 2nd Ave. subway under construction!