Do: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Waterway Running Route


When it comes to running with a view, New Yorkers are spoilt for choice: Central Park, the West Side Highway, any and all of the bridges… the list goes on. Our personal favorite? Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The park, which overlooks the East River, starts at the bottom of Atlantic Avenue and ends in Dumbo. To the left you can see Lady Liberty, Governor’s Island and, on a really clear day, Staten Island. Straight ahead there’s Freedom Tower and the skyscrapers of FiDi. Looking north, Brooklyn Bridge steals the show and the tips of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building peek over the rooftops in the distance.

Run down to the piers at whichever point suits you best – just don’t be tempted to jog right by them. Go around them and you’ll see that each one provides different forms of entertainment: volleyball, wild flowers, basketball, bocce and sculptures fill the four recently renovated piers. When you get to what seems to be the end, follow the cobbled road around the corner until you spot Jane’s carousel. From there, head under the Manhattan Bridge and continue until you reach the heart of Dumbo.

Either run back up Everitt Street and along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, repeat what you just did or, if you’ve had enough, pick up some coffee and cake at the Feed Café. And if you need some motivation to make it back to the beginning of the park in these hot summer months, know that Ample Hills will be waiting with your well-deserved post-sweat ice cream.

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