When: Sunday, November 7, 2021, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
New York City’s five-borough marathon starts on Staten Island at the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and continues through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan to the finish line in Central Park.
Service changes that may affect your trip
Subways and buses
There will be numerous diversions affecting buses operating along or crossing the marathon route. Check information for your bus route and planned detours on our homepage or the MYmta app before heading out.
On race day, runners traveling Staten Island by ferry can take the subway to South Ferry or Whitehall St stations, then walk to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. (Please note that there will be no service between Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.) In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations, some stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.” Additional NYC Transit personnel will be available to assist customers at these subway locations.
Use the MTA Live Subway Map to check your subway route before heading out.
Bridges and Tunnels
The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Drivers traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge must use alternate routes. On Saturday, Nov. 6, the upper level of the bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions beginning at 11 p.m. to allow for roadway preparation. Over-dimensional vehicles and vehicles containing hazardous materials will not be permitted to cross the bridge in either direction once that closure takes place. The Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits in Staten Island will close at 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, and reopen at 4 p.m.
Motorists can call the Verrazzano-Narrows Marathon Traffic Hotline at (718) 692-5656 to hear information about the closures.
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