Central Park lower loop (very safe at daylight), rolling hills, horse
carriages passing by and plenty of runners around to keep you
motivated, really, it's like an outdoor, nature gym.
I run in Central Park frequently. I think it's one of the safest
places to run. It's also lots of fun. There are many runners, bikers,
and roller bladers, especially in the evenings and on weekends when
the park is closed to cars. There are also lots of people just walking
and enjoying the peace and quiet. In the spring, the park is full of
flowers, and in the fall, the foliage is colorful. Many birds use the
park as a resting point in their migrations, and many make it their
permananent home. You have a choice of different loops to run, hilly
or flat, 2 miles, 4 miles, 6 miles, or what have you. There is a race
in the park almost every weekend. Ask anybody who has run in Central
Park: they'll tell you it's a great place to run.
I live in Queens and I always run in the Forest Park in the evening. I
like the big old trees surrounding the main road inside the park and
its fresh air.
Riverside Park on the west side of Manhattan is the best kept secret
running site in New York. It is especially great on weekends, when
Central Park is most often too crowded with bikes, roller bladers, and
walkers. There are lots of trails and a number of hills. Park runs
from 72nd street to Grant's Tomb, on 120th street. Enjoy!
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