The Best Park Stairs for the Perfect Uptown Workout


This wide set of stairs in Jackie Robinson Park can be accessed at Bradhurst Avenue and 148th Street
The extra-wide stairs in Jackie Robinson Park are ideal for running.

A set of long park stairs is the perfect place to get a serious workout.

And if you live uptown, you're never too far from a hilly park crisscrossed with an impressive stairway—many have more than 100 steps.

So here's an idea: Find the nearest and get ready for a major sweat session. A good rule of thumb is to run up and down for 30 to 45 minutes. And, yes, you can also walk.

From south to north, here's where to find the best:

Morningside Park

Central Harlem

Although practically the entire park is filled with stairs, one of the longest sets (150-plus steps) starts at 120th Street and Morningside Avenue and goes all the way up to Morningside Drive.


St. Nicholas Park

Central Harlem

Scenic stairs abound at this park—including the set running along the James Baldwin Lawn at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. It's also hard to beat the steps at 141st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, framed by the neo-Gothic towers of City College and founding father Alexander Hamilton's historic yellow home.


Stairs running along the recently-renamed James Baldwin Lawn in St. Nicholas Park.
The stairs near W 141st St and St. Nicholas Avenue in St. Nicholas Park.

Jackie Robinson Park

Central Harlem

Run up the extra-wide set of stairs that start near the bandshell at 148th Street and Bradhurst Avenue, then leave time to explore the recently renovated paths of this leafy, historic park.


Highbridge Park

Washington Heights

This long park has two impressive sets of stairs: the historic John T. Brush Stairway, bridging Edgecombe Avenue at 158th Street and the site of the former Polo Grounds ballpark (today a large public housing project). Further uptown the wooden staircase connecting the Highbridge Water Tower Terrace and the historic High Bridge has close to 100 steps—guaranteed to get your heart pumping. To find it, enter Highbridge Park at Amsterdam Avenue and 172nd Street and head to the overlook just south of the 200-foot tower.


The steep wooden stairs connecting the Highbridge Water Tower with the High Bridge.

Fort Tryon Park

Washington Heights

Fort Tryon's Grand Staircase takes you from Broadway near Arden Street all the way up to the beautiful Met Cloisters at the top of the hill.

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