With the New York City Marathon set to celebrate its 50th running this weekend, a new map has been released to mark 50 landmarks along the route.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission released the interactive 50 for the 50th map this week, which highlights a selection of 50 landmarks and historic districts along the route in all five boroughs.
Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll said the “awe-inspiring event” united tens of thousands of athletes running for personal causes and personal bests and over a million spectators cheering them on all the way.
“With this story map, we want to highlight many of the significant landmarks and historic districts along the way that represent the city’s diverse history and architectural highlights, and offers incredible views connecting the runners and crowds to the city around them.”
From its start on Staten Island to its finish in Central Park, the marathon winds through diverse and historic neighborhoods and past many designated landmarks and the map identifies those. Those markers include stone forts built before the Civil War; historic brownstone row house districts built to house the city’s rapidly growing population; civic and institutional buildings like the New York State Supreme Court in Long Island City; manufacturing and commercial buildings; bridges that connected neighborhoods across rivers and canals; and the iconic skyscrapers like the Empire State Building.
Each landmark or historic district is illustrated with current and historic photographs, a brief summary, and a link to the designation report.
NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff said the interactive story map was a “wonderful new and unique way to engage with our city's landmarks, historic districts, and parkland while following the marathon route.”
“The NYC Marathon offers the perfect opportunity to take in the city's sights and sounds, and with this new map, visitors can enjoy the marathon and learn about some of our city's most historic landmarks along the way.”