Whether you enjoy running, walking, or just taking in the views of New York City’s skyline, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is a can’t-miss spot in the city. The best time to go is just before sunset, when crowds gather at the 86th Street entrance of Central Park to watch the sun make its descent in the sky.
Surrounded by a 1.58 mile gravel path, the reservoir was Jackie O’s favorite jogging spot, hence the name. While the reservoir was built in 1862 to provide clean water for the city, nowadays it offers New Yorkers and visitors alike a quiet and beautiful communal spot.
I love running around the reservoir and enjoying the panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. You can see most of the Midtown high-rise buildings as well as the Eldorado, the famous twin tower luxury apartment building on the Upper West Side. There are also plenty of water fountains nearby, and easy access to the rest of Central Park.