New York Attractions Near the Course
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 (one of our picks of the best brunch places in NYC), you can nap in McCarren Park, drink beer out of a Styrofoam cup at the Turkey’s Nest or record-shop at the new Academy Records Annex on Oak Street—or all three. The world is your oyster.
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.
Just before they hit Central Park, runners will be skirting the much smaller Marcus Garvey Park. Having already run about 22 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 cheering-wise, head west a few blocks to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for some ribs or beer-boiled shrimp. You might not be a runner yourself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like one. If you’re going to have a heart attack, death by meat is preferable to death by exercise.
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.