Excerpt from "NYC Great Runs" by David S. Grant
In this column we explore getting out of the gym, off the treadmill, and into the streets for a jaunt through Gotham.
Today we find ourselves in Lower Manhattan, known to most New Yorkers as the Financial District, is home to Wall Street, Stone Street, and a ferry that goes directly to IKEA (for those contemplating suicide); also, given it’s proximity to trains and water is a great place for a run.
START: Wall Street
So when discussing Wall Street it’s pretty simple, if you go for a run during the week you will be dodging coked up traders, if you go on the weekend, tourists looking anywhere but straight ahead. It’s best to proceed East on Wall Street as fast as possible and cross South Street, this puts you under the FDR and next to the new dog run. Here you take a left and begin to pick up your pace, past the Seaport museum as well as the open area that houses a Uno’s pizzeria and Johnny Rockets as well as the random street vendors (more on this later). Continue on the bike path around the old Fulton Street Fish Market buildings (WARNING: Should you make this run at night be careful not to trip over the rats – no, they are not going to bother you, but yes, they will scurry across the path and are large enough to be tripped over). One you clear the fish market you are arriving at one of Manhattan’s great views where you are able to see the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges all in the same eye shot. For those who have witnessed this view, you understand how this never gets old.
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David S. Grant is the author of "BLOOD: The New Red", follow David on Twitter .david_s_grant