The first Sunday in November finds New York City at its best as the five boroughs cheer on the 50,000 runners of the TCS New York City Marathon.  There’s no question that this massive spectacle is one of the most exhilarating events of NYC’s fall season.

To those of you running in this year’s marathon, good luck! We want to offer a special shout out to Katie Epifane McCarthy who will be running in support of the Garden of Dreams Foundation! If you’re running, let us know we’d love to cheer you on too. If you have loved ones or friends running in the race you can track their progress live, using the free TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, which will be available for download during race week.

It can be tough to navigate the city during the day of the marathon. Here’s a map of the course and transportation options so you can get around much easier!

Best Viewing Spots for the NYC Marathon

Watching the race makes for a great NYC day. To help you find the best location for viewing and enjoying the race, we’ve put together a list of some of the best spots around the city!

  • Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn (miles 2-4): Take the R train to Bay Ridge Avenue, 77th or 86th streets to see runners coming off the bridge and beginning the Brooklyn portion of the run.
  • Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn (miles 10-13): Take the L train to Bedford Avenue, the G train to Nassau or Greenpoint avenues, or the J or M trains to Marcy Avenue to see the participants approach the halfway point of the marathon.
  • Pulaski Bridge (mile 13.1): Take the 7 train to Hunters Point Avenue or the G train to 21st Street. Spectators aren’t allowed on the bridge, but you can see the runners come over as they enter Queens.
  • First Avenue in Manhattan (miles 16-20): Walk over from the 59th Street 4, 5, 6 station or the Lexington Avenue N, Q, R station to First Avenue. You can also walk over from any 4, 6, 5 station on Lexington Avenue. The runners will be on First Avenue between 59th Street and the Willis Avenue Bridge.
  • Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (miles 23-24): Take the 4, 5 or 6 train to a stop between 86th and 125th streets and walk over to Fifth Avenue. You’ll get to see the runners before they enter the final leg of the race in Central Park.

Good luck to all runners and have an amazing day!

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