Where to watch the New York City Marathon on Sunday (or not)

Click through our guide on where to cheer on valiant marathon runners on November 3, and cool activities to do around each viewing spot

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We'd be lying if we said there wasn't something vaguely guilt-inducing about the NYC Marathon. While people are going out for their Saturday morning 20-mile practice runs every weekend leading up to the big race, we're busy.… Well, let’s just say we're busy not doing that.


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Personal and athletic shortcomings aside, the marathon’s recommencement on November 3 (after being canceled last year due to Hurricane Sandy) is terrific news for the city. Now runners whose plans were derailed last year can spend a perfectly good Sunday running 26.2 miles while the rest of us post up somewhere with a coffee thermos and some doughnuts to cheer them on in their laudable, exhausting endeavor. (We're still trying to wrap our heads around the idea of entering a lottery to get into the annual run. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?)  


In any case, here are some of the best places around the city to catch a glimpse of the action—and also what to do while you’re sitting around being glad you’re not running.


  • Photograph: Julieta Cervantes

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Around mile eight, runners converge at BAM on their way north through Brooklyn and parts beyond.

    Things to do here that don’t involve running: BAM is hosting a Bobcat Goldthwait directorial retrospective on the same day as the marathon. Talk about embarrassing scheduling conflicts!

  • Photograph: Mike Skigen

    Greenpoint (Nassau Ave)

    About 12 miles into the race, runners will come through this neck of Brooklyn. Spectators can casually lounge along the edge of McCarren Park and watch as the sweating masses pass by. 

    Things to do here that don’t involve running: After grabbing brunch at Enid’s, you can go nap in McCarren Park, or drink beer out of a Styrofoam cup at the Turkey’s Nest, or go record shopping at the new Academy Records Annex on Oak Street. Or all three. It’s your world. 

  • Serendipity 3

    First Ave and 59th Street

    No spectators are allowed on the Queensboro Bridge, but the area around First Avenue and 59th Street allows for good views of the runners as they descend the overpass.

    Things to do here that don’t involve running: Someone needs to right the karmic balance these runners are throwing into disarray. Serendipity 3 has something called the Golden Opulence Sundae, which costs $1,000 and requires 48 hours' advance notice to order. Do the right thing.  

    Serendipity 3
  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Marcus Garvey Park

    Just before they hit Central Park, runners will be skirting the much smaller Marcus Garvey Park. Having already run about 20 miles, they’ll be in dire need of your vocal support.

    Things to do here that don’t involve running: Once your job is done, cheeringwise, head west a few blocks to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for some ribs (pictured) or beer-boiled shrimp. You might not be a runner yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t not eat like one. If you’re going to have a heart attack, death by meat is preferable to death by exercise. 

  • Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

    Columbus Circle

    At this late point in the race, most runners have probably slipped into some kind of instinctive fugue state, robotically putting one foot in front of the other in what is no doubt a triumph of the human spirit.

    Things to do here that don’t involve running: Museum of Modern Art isn’t far from the southern end of Central Park, and November 3 is the last day to check out MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound work, “Soundings: A Contemporary Score.”

Photograph: Julieta Cervantes

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Around mile eight, runners converge at BAM on their way north through Brooklyn and parts beyond.

Things to do here that don’t involve running: BAM is hosting a Bobcat Goldthwait directorial retrospective on the same day as the marathon. Talk about embarrassing scheduling conflicts!


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