Where to Run: McCarren Park, Bushwick Inlet Park and Williamsburg

By: Brian Elder

In this weeks "Where to Run" we stay in New York City, but are moving off the island of Manhattan and taking the L line over to Bedford Ave and Lorimer St. In the heart of Brooklyn is a park and neighborhood that is a prime location for runners in the city and home to the North Brooklyn Runners group (if you're lucky enough you might be able to join them on one of their weekly runs). McCarren Park offers a central location where on almost any given day during the warmer months you can find runners and walkers of all kinds. 

The track in McCarren Park, located along Lorimer Street, offers a great place in the middle of Williamsburg for runners to get a tempo run or track workout like 800 meter repeats in during the week. If you are looking to get a casual 6 to 8 mile run in I would recommend leaving the paved paths of the park and track to run through the streets of Williamsburg. Williamsburg offers one of the clearest views of the New York City Skyline and East River. If you run west out of McCarren Park on 10th street just south of the Park, you will run roughly .75 miles until you reach another prominent park. Bushwick Inlet Park is full of runners and walkers because of its beautiful location along the river and skyline view. 

Once you reach Bushwick Inlet Park, I highly recommend running around the soccer fields until you come right to the East River front. Take a short break to see the view of the Skyline. It's stunning! To look over one of the largest skylines in one of the world's greatest and diverse cities is a moment you won't forget. After seeing the skyline, add a few more miles in by checking out the streets of the Williamsburg neighborhood. Run up Driggs ave to get a feel for the local restaurants and neighborhood coffee shops. If you get in an early run in the morning, stop by Bagel Smith afterwards for some of the best bagels and cream cheese you can find in the city (also has great access to the L subway train). If you get hungry after a run during your lunch break, stop by Crif Dogs for some of the most unique toppings you could find on a hotdog. Try the good morning dog. A hotdog wrapped in bacon with cheese and a fried egg. While most people want to see the big sites in the city in Manhattan, don't miss out on the great things that you can find running through the streets of Brooklyn.  

Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian on Instagram.