There are a ton of spots to watch and root the runners on for the New York City Marathon. However, there are a few limited spots that actually are not that crowded along the route. In my view, the marathon route that goes through Harlem is one of better locations that is not that crowded making it a good place to see the marathon. My favorite area is standing right where the Duke Ellington sculpture is located. So if you’re wanting to see the marathon and actually see runners up close, come up to Harlem! Click on map to see the entire route.