Work days in the 'concrete jungle' are hectic. Long hours are spent indoors, sitting at desks. It's easy to forget that we live on an island. The East River Walk, beginning at 34th street and the FDR, is where I go to get away from the hustle and bustle. Looking out on the East River, I forget I'm in a city at all. Take a deep breath. Run/walk/bike/skip down to the Brooklyn Bridge and back. If you're brave, continue around to the West Side.
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The Perfect Running Path
As urban as New York is, there are a surprising amount of running paths that don't involve weaving through heavy traffic. Most tourists only think to run through Central Park, but there are other alternative trails that are equally scenic.
A jog along the East River is a great option, especially in the downtown neighborhoods. From about 20th street all the way to South Street Seaport near Wall Street, runners can take in the view while enjoying a workout.
If you are staying at a hotel in one of these areas, a great excursion would be to jog to South Street Seaport and grab breakfast there. East Village and the Lower East Side also easily accessible from the running path.