And while there’s no limit to all that rooting along the route, we’ve found nine spots that are tops for marathon watching. “I love Bay Ridge, with its history and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ connection,” says Gail Kislevitz, who’s been coaching the New York Road Runners Team for Kids since 2002 and has run 25 marathons. they are just getting a feel for the cheers of the crowd and how amazing they are.” Indeed, the diverse neighborhood — once an Italian-American stronghold and now home to a robust Middle Eastern population — is the first true sense runners get of the 1 million-plus spectators lining the marathon course, where kids and adults alike cheer on the runners for the next 23 miles.
“All of Brooklyn is like a big party,” says Meg Braun, a 41-year-old event planner who’s running her third New York City Marathon on Sunday.
The area is also well known for its entertainment: For 35 years, the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School band has performed the “Rocky” theme at Clermont Avenue, where former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s been known to drop by and take in the festivities.
The band sets up camp less than a block away from the Mediterranean taverna Olea (171 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, 718-643-7003), where the Turkish breakfast ($11) — one of the restaurant’s most popular brunch dishes, composed of scrambled eggs with fattoush, eggplant salad, herbed yogurt and grilled pita bread — is a filling meal fit for a marathoner. that both runners and spectators always enjoy.” Still, plenty of others come out to root on the runners, so you certainly wouldn’t be alone.
Bedford Avenue and South Ninth Street, South Williamsburg One of the more interesting sections of the marathon course traverses a traditionally Hasidic neighborhood. Stroll just a few blocks north and you’ll find yourself in the heart of hipster Williamsburg and its many restaurants, including the comfort-food haven Pies ’n’ Thighs (166 S. Tuck into its signature chicken biscuit ($7.25), chicken and waffles ($13) or any of their pies, like their sour cherry pear crumble ($5).
Last year, Susan Patton, a Princeton grad and the mother of two sons at the elite college, outraged feminists when she wrote an open letter to the Daily Princetonian telling female students to find a husband on campus before they graduate.
The red alert — which argued that these Ivy League college girls “would never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who would be worthy of you” — went viral with more than 100 million hits.
Now Patton, an independent HR consultant who lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and who’s been dubbed “Princeton Mom,” has capitalized on her fame with an old-fashioned dating manual, “Marry Smart.” Published this week, the book argues that coeds have a limited shelf life “as young, beautiful [women who are] as attractive to men or as fertile” and advises them to spend three-quarters of their time in school on the hunt for Mr. But what happens if you missed your shot and didn’t get that all-important MRS certificate along with your liberal arts degree? She believes that, even in the dog-eat-dog dating jungle that is New York, there is hope for single career women between the ages of 22 and 35 (yes, that’s her cutoff) who also want marriage and babies.
“These women are spinsters-in-training, but they can turn it around,” says the 50-something divorcée.
“They need to apply the same attitude and gumption that got them to New York City to the task of getting a husband.” So listen up, unattached ladies!