Running Map – Battery Park and the West Side
Battery Park and the West Side
If you are into seeing the sights, this run is for you. Starting from the north and heading south, you’ll run by the U.S.S. Intrepid, Chelsea Piers, and into Battery Park. From Battery Park you can spy Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Governors Island.
For those runners who live in Brooklyn and run to work on the West Side, this is a popular route. It is also popular amongst the midtown and lower Manhattan crowd. Unfortunately, most of the running tourists miss this scenic run and restrict themselves to Central Park. If you are visiting New York, please give this one a try. Depending on your route you can expect that this run to be 5.25 miles to close to 5.75 miles each way. Also, remember that you can extend this run through Riverside Park to Inwood Hill Park if you are looking for an ultramarathon out and back run.
Running the West Side Bike Path
Being that you are following a linear bike path, there isn’t much explaining to be done here. You should just be aware of a few facts. One, you are running along the water, so the wind can be terribly harsh in the winter. Two, there isn’t much shade, so in the summer apply sunscreen generously. Three, there aren’t many places to stop for water or the restroom, so if you are leaving from Riverside Park you may want to consider using the facilities before you continue south. Besides the open waters, the scenic items along this part of the run are the U.S.S. Intrepid and Chelsea Piers. Enjoy!
Battery Park and the Sights
You have two options on this section of the run. You can either run along the water in Battery Park City or on the bike path along West Street. West Street is a little shorter, but there are more traffic lights.
Once you’ve entered Battery Park, you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful little park and views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. While you’re there, you might want to stop by the Korean War Veterans Memorial for a stretch and a little history lesson.
- Running: From the North you can run from Riverside Park. From Brooklyn you can cross the Brooklyn Bridge and head south west along the water to Battery Park.
- Subway: Take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green. Or, take the R or W train to Whitehall Street. Or, take the 1 train to South Ferry.