The Brooklyn Half Marathon is an iconic 13.1-mile journey through the Brooklyn borough. A part of NYRR’s Five-Borough Series: Run New York. Five Boroughs. One city.
The event has attracted New Yorkers to participate which take runners on a course through many of Brooklyn’s most famous sights and attractions, such as Prospect Park, Coney Island boardwalk, and Brighton Beach. The race starts from near Brooklyn Museum and ends on the Coney Island boardwalk. According to New York News Daily, “just two years ago, the race, officially called the Airbnb Brooklyn Half, took two days to fill up.” With around 27,000 finishers each year, this half marathon is one of the biggest in the country. This year’s race is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. And runner tickets have sold out.
Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon
- When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 7:00am
- Where: Brooklyn, New York
- Event Hashtag: #AirbnbBKHalf
- Information: http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2016/airbnb-brooklyn-half
Prior the event this year, Airbnb host several meetups for guests and hosts to explore Brooklyn’s beauty. There are Williamsburg Walking Tour: La Vie Boheme, Flatbush Food and Culture Walking Tour, Crown Heights Historical Walking Tour, and Bed-Stuy Walking Tour: A Journey Into the Past
I’m lucky to attend one of the meet-up, the Crown Heights Historical Walking Tour. The walking tour starts from Brooklyn Museum then walked through Nostrand Avenue, turned towards New York Avenue and ends at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The main area of this neighborhood is Eastern Parkway. Originally called Crow Hill, it’s a tree-lined boulevard extending 2 miles from east – west. The area’s landmarks included, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Jewish Children Museum, Brooklyn Public Library. Crown Heights was of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn at the turn of the last century, where you can find the charming architecture of that era. Now, combining with residential development, the area has attract newcomers. Hence, bring a rapid change to Crown Heights.
The 1.5 hours walked was filled with interesting and eye opener information of the area. The tour concludes with a delicious French food brunch at Cafe Rue Dix.
Hey! Let the walk begin.
Brooklyn Museum. The meeting point. You can see its a perfect sunny day for walking tour
The alluring architecture you would find as you stroll the area
and what better things than end the tour by a delicious brunch? 😉