Running Map – Roosevelt Island

Manhattan: Central Park, Riverside Park, Armory Track, Roosevelt Island, East River Promenade, Inwood Hill Park and Fort Tryon Park, Battery Park, East River Park

Roosevelt Island

Did you want a short, flat, and scenic run? Then this run is for you. Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens and has some of the best views of midtown Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge.

The Promenade

Roosevelt Island Run

This run is about 3.6 miles long – nice, flat, and fast. Unfortunately, for those who need the comfort of shade and soft surfaces this would not be the place for you. You’ll find that this run is virtually all on the paved East and West Promenades. The nautical scenery in the northern tip at Lighthouse Park is a nice break visually, which splits up the two promenades. As I mentioned before, the views are amazing with very different experiences in the day light versus the evening’s city lights. Finally, a reminder that this island is on the river – which means there is constant wind. Great on the hot days, and a killer on the icy days. Enjoy.

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  • Running:You have access via Queens along 36th Avenue. Just run towards the water and you can across the Roosevelt Island Bridge.
  • Subway:Take the F train to the Roosevelt Island stop. There is no other choice.
  • Tram:If going under the river via the subway isn’t your thing, try the tram. Take Tramway Car at 59th Street & Second Avenue Station.(Travel time is 4-5 minutes.)
  • Bus: You’ll only have access in Queens. From the Queensboro Plaza overpass, take the stairway down to the north side corner of Crescent and Bridge Plaza North. Take the Q102 to Roosevelt Island.