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Best Place to Jog


The Battery Park City Esplanade starts where the Hudson River Greenway stops: at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, that large, sunny wedge of well-tended grass where Chambers Street hits the Hudson River. From there, the wide paver path hews to the outer edge of the island, hovering just above the water, southward past manicured gardens, fountains, bronze sculptures, and a small harbor lined with mega-yachts, all the way around the lower tip of Manhattan to its namesake park. It’s enough to make you feel downright spoiled, having all this space — plus the views of Jersey City, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island — practically all to yourself. From one end to the other, the Esplanade spans about two miles; if a four-mile hoof isn’t sufficient for you, you can easily expand it on either the greenway end or on the east side, on the East River Bikeway.

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