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5 Best Waterfront Running Paths in NYC

It's summer and the weather is perfect for running outside! Living in a big city can make it really hard to find a peaceful place with nice scenery to enjoy during a long, strenuous run, so I've compiled a list of the best waterfront running paths in all five boroughs. Since I live in Morningside, my personal favorite is #3! Enjoy :)

1) The Bronx - Pelham Bay Park
    Orchard Beach and Promenade


This gorgeous park is three times the size of Central Park and offers a 1.1 mile long beach! Enjoy beautiful views of City Island and the Long Island Sound. Cut loose and run with reckless abandonment. Your adventure may just end with a stop at a small cuban food joint ;).

2) Queens - Fort Totten
     Joe Michaels Mile


This trail is just outside of Fort Totten Park and is right along the Cross Island Parkway. It offers stunning views of Little Neck Bay and on sunny days, you may just see a kayaker or two. On weekends, you may share the path with Army Reserve soldiers taking their physical fitness test! Go ahead, cheer them on!

3) Manhattan - Riverside Park
     72nd st to 158th st


This is by far the most underappreciated trail in the borough. While Central Park gets crammed with runners, cyclists, walkers, and tourists all summer long, Riverside remains fairly peaceful and uncluttered. It's narrow, so watch out for other runners and cyclists sharing the path, but the cool breeze and nice view of Jersey across the water makes it easy to get lost in your thoughts.

4) Brooklyn - Shore Park
     Alongside Belt Parkway


While the rest of the Brooklyners cram up Prospect Park, you can enjoy views of iconic places such as the Statue of Liberty, the new World Trade Center, Coney Island, and Fort Hamilton. The briny breeze will cool your body and your mind. Since it is at the Southernmost tip of Brooklyn, you can also see the Verrazano Bridge!

5) Staten Island - Midland Beach
     FDR Boardwalk


This 2.5 mile trail offers stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge, Fort Wadsworth, and Fort Hamilton. Feel free to kick your sneakers off at the end of your run and dip your feet in the Atlantic Ocean! If getting wet isn't in your plan, there is also a beautiful gazebo that offers plenty of shade where you can stretch and cool off.


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