Running the Heights!

cadman-track1With the nice weather finally upon us, it’s prime time to explore the beauty of Brooklyn Heights and squeeze in a workout at the same time: go for a run! As a BHB contributor and avid runner, I pose to my fellow pavement pounders a thread to share routes short and long, intense and easy, at sunrise or sunset. Sick of the crowds on the Brooklyn Bridge? Ready to throw a tourist over the Promenade railing? Share your hidden gem of a trail!
To begin, here’s one of mine: Julie’s 4-miler

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  • nabeguy

    Throw a tourist over the Promenade railing? You wouldn’t happen to be mixing steroids into your water bottle, would you?

  • jorale-man

    2 laps around the Cadman Park, down to the waterfront, 1-2 laps around the new Pier1, up the hill to the promenade, to Remsen, down Hicks to State, up Sidney Place to Joralemon Street. 30 minutes by my admittedly sluggish pace.

  • Heightsman

    I take one length of the Promenade down the hill into Dumbo, once around the new Park on the water, up the street past Grimaldi’s and left on Front Street, right on Washington and up to Brooklyn Bridge entrance. Over the bridge around City Hall back over the bridge (hitting a few tourists with the arms along the way…pain in my ass) and back into Brooklyn Heights for one more length of the Promenade. About 6 miles and keeps it interesting.

  • BHgirl

    Thank you for this, Julie! I’ve always found it hard to think up of good and new routes. Your 4 miler is great!

  • Jason

    Down Hicks, right on Atlantic, left on Columbia St. Follow the bike path, then continue down Van Brunt. Go as far as you feel like and come back. Enjoy Manhattan views. (Bonus: start by going down to Pier 1 and take a loop, then down Furman to Columbia)

  • Norman E-Mailer

    I’m fond of starting out in the heights, then running in a big square though downtown, cobble hill and then back home. Diminishes the monotony, and best of all, no hills!

  • Greg

    @Jason – that’s totally my run as of late. I head from the bike path to the battery tunnel, then back up on hicks or Henry. From the bridge its about a 3.5 – 3.7 mike loop.

  • john

    My run is to go down Henry until hit you Union. Then run along Union until you hit Prospect Park, do 2 loops and run back along Union and back up Henry. Nice run, especially in the morning. Great way to become a Boston qualifier!

  • jorale-man

    There are some serious hard-core runners around here. And I thought I was doing well by circling the promenade a couple times!

  • EG

    I’m a fan of the bridges route – down Tillary to the Brooklyn Bridge, over the bridge, head to Pearl Street to St James to the Bowery to Manhattan Bridge, Jay Street to Tillary…sometimes add the promenade or a short loop of BBP.

  • Dan

    I run a lot. This 7.5 mile run is my favorite and hits BK Heights, winds through DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Downtown.

    Start from my apartment on Columbia Pl and State.

    – Up State to Hicks
    – North on Hicks to Clark.
    – Right on Clark.
    – Left on Cdmn Plz W.
    – Left on Middagh
    – Right on Suicide Hill to Water St.

    Now the run gets cool:
    – East on Water, under Manhattan Bridge anchorage, past Hudson Ave, loop back west onto Plymouth via Evans St.
    – West on Plymouth, get dumped back onto Water west
    – Water to Furman
    – Furman to Columbia St crossing Atlantic
    – Columbia St to Sackett
    – Left on Sackett, cross BQE
    – Right on Clinton (south) to Nelson St
    – Left on Nelson to Court
    – Left on Court
    – Court to Pacific
    – Right on Pacific to Hoyt
    – Left on Hoyt to Atlantic
    – Atlantic to Clinton
    – Right on Clinton to Joralemon
    – Left on Joralemon to Columbia Place
    – Left on Columbia back home

    Takes 50-54 minutes depending on how I’m feeling.
    If anyone wants a running partner, let me know.