New York City is one of the most vibrant urban areas in the world and home to some 15 million people. Densely populated, it is one of the world’s commercial, cultural, and financial centers. Running along the main streets of Manhattan, especially in mid-town, is challenging, given the masses. But there is some unique and inspiring running to be had in New York. Our guide to running in New York City is divided into two parts: the island of Manhattan, and the other four “Boroughs” — Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
In Manhattan, there are four “must-do” runs: Central Park (numerous options); the spectacular run along the Hudson River Greenway, with views of the river, New Jersey, and the new One World Trade Center; the East River; and a run incorporating one of the bridges crossing over to Brooklyn.
The Manhattan topography is very flat. Any hill options are generally in Central Park. And the fantastic subway system (called the MTA) can make getting to or from any run a snap. All of our routes are easily accessible by subway.
View our Companion Piece: New York City Boroughs