Run with Kim, Raise Awareness of Sustainability and Overdevelopment in Manhattan

On October 3, 2020, Kim Watkins will run the 32-mile perimeter of Manhattan to raise awareness of climate risks at our shorelines, overdevelopment of our remaining greenspaces, and affordability issues that politicians have allowed to fester for decades.

New York, NY (September 28, 2020): The Kim Watkins Campaign for Borough President is all about the big and bold ideas that will move Manhattan towards a future for everyone who lives, works and visits here. Manhattan is one of the densest locations on the planet! It’s just 23 square miles yet is home to 1.6 million people. Manhattan is also home to the greatest income inequality in the country, which is why homelessness has grown so sharply in recent years, and why so many small businesses fail. Workers can’t afford to live here, and over development is pricing out many families, elderly and fixed income New Yorkers. Finally, climate change is here, and our shorelines and greenspaces have to be protected.

To raise awareness of these important issues and talk about ways to help Manhattan move forward, Borough President Candidate, Kim Watkins, will jog the perimeter of Manhattan on Saturday, October 3, 2020. It’s a 32-mile run (and walk), and we invite New Yorkers to join Kim for segments of it. The event begins at 9:30 am at Fraunces Tavern and takes a clockwise route around (ending around 4:00 pm). Sign up for three-mile segments at NOTE: participants are required to wear masks, but our team will have them to hand out.

Watkins said, “nothing compares to seeing Manhattan, on foot, with fellow New Yorkers! My campaign reflects the belief that we need bolder plans and greater attention paid to the issues that affect regular New Yorkers. The next Borough President must be a leader who can work with stakeholders from diverse parts of the city, with competing interests, to form solutions that help everyone. I’m looking forward to running all over Manhattan during the campaign!”

This is a great way to get to know Kim and go for a short run! Kim wants to hear about the issues that New Yorkers face all around the island. Starting downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge area and over towards Battery Park City, then up the West Side, cresting the top of the island in Inwood, following the Harlem River Drive south (we have to veer off to streets where no pedestrian paths exist), through midtown, the Lower East Side and Chinatown, ending where we started at Fraunces Tavern.

In turn, participants will get chance to learn more about Kim’s fight for essential voices and plans for a stronger future for all of Manhattan. She’ll share how running the island (this is the first leg of a 508-mile run throughout this fall) will help her keep a promise to reduce vehicular street usage by 20% in her first term.

As a public school parent leader in District 3 (Upper West Side and Lower Harlem), Kim has had a front row seat to broken promises, backroom deals, and fiscal mismanagement of government officials over the last six years. Kim Watkins is not this type of leader. Kim has built and run successful businesses and has dutifully served her community in leadership roles her entire adult life. Kim’s focus is on building a future Manhattan for everyone, fighting for essential workers and our most vulnerable, and her platform prioritizes our economic recovery, affordable housing, public schools, the environment, budget justice, and government responsibility.