Jogging & Walking Paths in Manhattan

by Krista Lee Childers

Manhattan is home to some of the most popular attractions in the state including Central Park, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall. Because the city is so congested, many bike, jogging and walking trails go around the borough for convenience. Manhattan is surrounded by water, though it is very close to the Bronx. Greenways stretch around the edge of Manhattan with views of the Hudson, Harlem and East river, Governors Island, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Apart from the river views, the inside trails surround Central Park and run near popular routes for those trying to move around the city.

Harlem/Morningside Heights/Upper West Side

The upper west section of Manhattan has several large parks including Inwood Hill Park, Isham Park, Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Park, Jay Hood Wright Park, Riverbank State Park, Saint Nicholas Park, Riverside Park and Morningside Park, among smaller parks. The Upper West Side Greenway starts at the northwest of Fort Tryon Park and extends along the shore, becoming the West Side Greenway until Battery Park City in lower Manhattan.

East Harlem/Upper East Side

The upper east side of Manhattan has three large parks: Highbridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park and Marcus Garvey Park, along with a few smaller parks. Broadway Bridge and University Heights Bridge, both accessible for walking or biking, take you into the Bronx. On the northwest, Harlem River Drive Greenway follows the road down from Dyckman Street to West 155 Street. West 155 Street starts a new greenway over Malcombs Dam Bridge and into Bronx near Yankee Stadium. At 145 Street by Esplanade Gardens Plaza, a bike path goes across the Harlem River and into the Bronx. The Madison Avenue bike path and sidewalk start at 5 Avenue and West 138 Street as well as Madison Avenue and East 135 Street and cross the Harlem River. The Third Avenue Bridge, found at East 129 Street and East 128 Street has a bike path and greenway that also crosses the river into Bronx. The Upper East Side Greenway starts at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and continues down the shore where it ends at East 63 Street and York Avenue.

Central Park/Midtown

The entirety of Central Park is available for walking and jogging, with pathways throughout the area. It is a popular spot for residents and tourists because of the foliage and local color. Central Park even offers walking tours -- from two to five hours -- with a guide for a fee. The East Side Greenway starts near East 37 Street and Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and continues down the coast near Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive Service Road East.

Lower Manhattan

Along with the West and East Greenways that end in lower Manhattan, there are several car free paths, though several are considered bikeways. The Manhattan Bridge Bikeway has a pedestrian pathway on the south side of the bridge and goes from Chrystie and Canal Street down across the East River and into Queens near York and Pearl Street. The Brooklyn Bridge Bikeway runs all the way to Brooklyn War Memorial in Brooklyn and is often heavily congested with pedestrians and bikers. The bridge starts near City Hall Park/City Hall at Centre Street and Park Row.

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