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Today marks one of New York City’s most time-honored traditions: the ING Marathon, a 26.2 mile odyssey through all five city boroughs. To get in the spirit, we’ve mapped out our route, which we’re calling the “MILLY Marathon,” based on our 10 favorite Upper East Side checkpoints. Bonus: Daylight savings starts today, giving you an extra hour to explore…
So grab your friends, throw on a MILLY sweater and hit the streets.
First Leg - Beginner trek
1. Kick off your morning with a jolt of caffeine: venture over to Via Quadronno. Enjoy your cappuccino while standing at the counter or try to grab a coveted window seat and stay awhile. You can’g go wrong with a housemade panini or frittata. 25 East 73rd Street.
3. While you’re in the neighborhood, pop in to the Gagosian Gallery to see the latest installations. Don’t leave without checking out the gift shop - it’s one of our favorite spots for procuring one-of-a-kind hostess gifts. 980 Madison Avenue.
4. Next, walk east to Fifth Avenue and stroll down Museum Mile where the city’s major art institutions dot this side of the park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum and Cooper Hewitt steal the spotlight. If the weather is nice, climb the stairs of the Met and visit the rooftop sculpture garden. Don’t forget to Instagram a photo of the view! #MILLYMarathon 1000 Fifth Avenue.
Second Leg: Intermediate trek
Ready to venture on?
5. Detour through the park for some ice skating at Trump Wolman Rink. While the lines may be long depending on the time of day, the views are unparalleled. 830 Fifth Avenue.
6. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, stroll over to neighborhood institution JG Melon. Order one of their famous juicy burgers or signature bowls of chili. You won’t regret it. 1291 Third Avenue.
7. Walk off your lunch with a tour up to Corner Bookstore. Carefully curated, the shop carries out of print books, offers free delivery to neighborhood doorman buildings and house accounts, so you can say “Just put it on my account.” 1313 Madison Avenue.
Third Leg: Advanced route
8. Go north to one of our favorite “secret” places - the Central Park Conservatory Gardens, a sprawling sanctuary so zen, it could make you forget you’re in New York City. 1055 Fifth Avenue.
9. Now that you feel like you’re going to drop, you deserve spa treatment at the lovely Cornelia Spa at the Surrey. Sip hand-blended tea while you wait. In honor of the NYC Marathon, the spa is offering a Marathon Muscle Recovery Massage at discounted rate to runners—all you have to do is bring in your bib number. (Request an appointment here.) 20 East 76th Street.
10. You did it! Celebrate your cross to the finish line with a toast. A bellini (or two) at San Ambroeus is in order. And just try to resist the delicious looking pastries in their sparkling cases. 1000 Madison Avenue.