Since running is a vital part of life in Long Beach, NY, we know that many of you are probably planning to head to New York for the New York City Marathon. This year, the ultimate road race in NYC will take place on Sunday, November 4. Here’s everything you need to know to find the best viewing spots.
As usual, the NYC marathon 26.2-mile course passes through all boroughs, starting at Staten Island, continuing on to Brooklyn and Queens before crossing the Queensboro Bridge and entering Manhattan. The route takes runners through the East Side, the Bronx and back down to Manhattan to finish in Central Park at 67th Street on West Drive.
It’s important to note that it’s impossible for spectators to see the start of the race or stand on bridges. These areas will be open only to registered participants. The finish will be accessible only to Grandstand Seating ticket holders. Most of Central Park will be closed to the public during the marathon.
The TCS New York City Marathon App is the answer to a hassle-free experience. If you’re supporting a friend or family member, you’ll be able to follow their progress and find a good spot to cheer them on. If you only want to go along for the ride, you can use the app to plan your race-day itinerary or get real-time information on best viewing locations.
Choosing where to watch the race isn’t complicated. Our suggestion is to pick a place that has easy access to public transportation, as well as to cafés or restaurants, so that you can relax, grab a bite and use the restroom — portable toilets along the route are for runners only! These are great viewing locations:
Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (mile 8)
Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (miles 10 to 13)
First Avenue, Manhattan (miles 16 to 18)
Fifth Avenue between 90th and 110th Streets (miles 23 and 24)
Central Park South to Columbus Circle (right before mile 26)
Given that a big chunk of New York will be closed the night before the marathon, parking is bound to be a nightmare. We recommend taking the Long Island Railroad from Long Beach Station to Penn Station. From Penn Station, you can walk to your chosen viewing spot in Manhattan. Alternatively, you could change lines at Jamaica Station and head to Brooklyn.
After the last runner crosses the finish line and the concrete jungle starts closing in on you, it’s time to return to the City by the Sea. Follow the Allegria Hotel blog to find inspiration for your next beach getaway.