Exercise in the time of coronavirus: park stairs

Updated: May 28

Jackie Robinson Park's extra-wide stairs

As we all adjust to social distancing while the city battles the spread of the coronavirus, you may be wondering about the best way to stay active.

Luckily in Upper Manhattan you're never too far from a steep park crisscrossed with some serious stairs (many have more than 100).

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

You won't just be getting in shape, you'll be enjoying the outdoors to boot:

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

Morningside Park

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

St. Nicholas Park

Although you'll find plenty of stairs at either end of this long park–near 131st Street as well as on 141st Street–the most scenic are the stairs at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue that lead straight up to St. Nicholas Terrace.

The scenic stairs in St. Nicholas Park

Jackie Robinson Park

Parts of this leafy, historic park are currently undergoing renovations, but you can still run up the extra-wide set of stairs that start near the bandshell at Bradhurst Avenue and 148th Street.

Fort Tryon Park

Possibly the steepest of the bunch, Fort Tryon's Grand Staircase starts just north of the Anne Loftus Playground, connecting Broadway near Dyckman Street with the Met Cloisters at the top of the hill.

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