Nothing beats the time efficiency of running. Running starts the minute we hit the pavement and only stops when we have arrived back to our doorsteps. Most of us skip even the recommended five minutes stretching, though we vow not to each year as a New Year's resolution. New York City offers many wonderful and varied routes for runners: the four-plus miles of bridle path, 1.57-mile reservoir loop, and the 6.1-mile Central Park loop. There are miles of Greenway lining the East River on the east side of Manhattan and the Hudson on the west. Here we list running groups and direct you to maps, gear, and trainers who can show you the park and an as-yet-unattained peak performance.
If you have a laptop with wi-fi, you rarely need to be without
My Urban Sherpa. More and more of the city's private and public spaces have free wireless access. Bryant Park has long been a laptop scene, more recently joined by Union
Square Park, Dag Hammerskjold Park, eight locations in
Central Park, and a variety of other spots will in town.
A Starbucks often has a private wireless connection floating
by, and some residents have been known to sidle up to big
co-op buildings and play the odds: odds are, someone has
a connection you can hitch-hike on.