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.
Little Italy really is little. The area is a string of Italian groceries, restaurants, and cafes that run the five blocks between Canal and Spring Streets on Mulberry and Mott Streets. Her sidewalks are packed with happily gesticulating and laughing people. Cross the street heading south and hello Chinatown; step west and you are in Soho. Visit Little Italy to eat. Visit DiPalo’s at Mott and Grand to take a little Italian fare home with you. The Festival of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy at the end of September. If you’re in town, visit then.