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Where to watch the NYC Marathon

If you’re not running this year’s big race, you probably want to know where to watch the NYC Marathon 2018, right?

NYC Marathon 2016 photos
Photograph: Filip Wolak
By Time Out New York contributors |
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Even if you aren’t running during one of the biggest races and NYC events November, you can get involved by looking up where to watch the NYC Marathon 2018. We’ll make it even easier for you by sharing our list of go-to sports bars and spectator viewing spots below. If you want to make an action-packed day out of it, we’ve included a few New York attractions that are nearby certain areas along the NYC Marathon 2018 Route, which may come in handy when there’s a lull or if you need to use the loo.

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Watch the NYC Marathon 2018 on TV 

Tune in to watch the live broadcast during race day on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 9am to 2pm. You can also stream the marathon live on the ABC App and ABC7NY.com from 7am to 2pm. 

Where to watch the NYC Marathon 2018 along the course 

If you want to be close enough to see the sweat during the NYC Marathon, these are the recommended spectator viewing spots along the course. Unfortunately, you can't watch the start of the race on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but don't worry—take in all the action (and the cute running outfits) at these spots below. 

Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn (Miles 2-4)

Brooklyn Stage, Fourth Avenue and Atlantic Avenue (Mile 8)

Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Miles 10-13) 

Pulaski Bridge (Mile 13.1) 

New Balance Mile 16 Block Party (First Avenue at 62nd Street) 

First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18) 

East Harlem (Miles 18-20) 

Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street-East 105th Street (Miles 23-24) 

Charity Cheer Zone, Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street to East 92nd Street 

TCS Cheer Zone: Columbus Circle 

United Stage: Columbus Circle 

New York Attractions Near the Course

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Enid's
Photograph Courtesy of Brian Merriam

Greenpoint (Nassau Avenue)

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.

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Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

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.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
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 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.

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Columbus Circle
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 now's the perfect moment to check out the musuem's fall exhibitions

Map of the NYC Marathon

nyc marathon 2016 route
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/MTA NYC
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The NYC Marathon 2018 route

Folks running the the TCS New York City Marathon probably have the map memorized by now, but in case you’re planning to watch, here is the NYC Marathon 2018 route. 

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