6. First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18)
Image via TCS NYC Marathon website
If you like to cheer amongst a rowdier crowd, First Avenue is always packed with spectators who “shout encouragement at deafening levels.” Runners often hear what is described as a “wall of sound” as they run off the Queensboro Bridge and into the Upper East Side.
The New York Post notes that this is the most popular stretch of the marathon — and there’s a reason for that: the street offers many bars and restaurants that help to create a festive, upbeat atmosphere. Feel free to pop in and out of these nearby establishments as the marathon unfolds throughout the day.