As a busy college student, I don’t have the opportunity to implement regular workouts into my schedule. However, I prioritize maintaining physical and mental health. Whenever I am overwhelmed with schoolwork or need to clear my mind, I move my body and explore the city. Sometimes I purchase a snack along the way, and other times it is just me and my music against the world. 

According to Mia Lind, the TikTok personality who coined the phrase hot girl walk, this informal kind of exercise focused on “making fitness more accessible” and “taking time for yourself.” It originated during lockdown when finding the motivation to stay active while doing so safely proved difficult. However, its empowering message of moving in a capacity that is fun and productive has continued to resonate with hot girls, boys, and nonbinary folks alike.

Bottom line: there are no specific parameters for a hot girl walk. You can wander to your heart’s desire. The purpose of this article, though, is to share accessible outdoor locations that are hot-girl-walk friendly. Hot girls who prefer having a destination may appreciate structured routes. Here are five of my favorite areas to walk to in New York.

Destination #1: Elizabeth Street Garden

Our first spot is located on Elizabeth Street between Prince Street and Spring Street. The Elizabeth Street Garden is a verdant sanctuary you may have never expected you’d find in the concrete jungle. In 1990, lot owner Allan Reiver committed to revamping the abandoned area into a lush environment. He installed the main lawn, constructed the gravel pathway, and planted a variety of greenery amongst statuary. 

Students who live at the Broome Street Residence Hall are only a seven minute walk from the garden. Still, I suggest you visit regardless of where you live in the city. I especially love visiting with my friends during the spring when the flowers are in full bloom and the sun is beaming. If you start walking from campus, check out Little Cupcake Bakeshop or Levain Bakery to purchase a sweet treat for the road. In my experience, a sweet treat always enhances the adventure.

An overhead view of the garden.
A street view of the garden’s entrance with pedestrians walking through it.
Destination #2: Stuyvesant Square Park

At 9 Rutherford Place sits Stuyvesant Square Park, an East Village gem. It is named after Peter Gerard Stuyvesant who cofounded the New York Historical Society. In 1839, he filed a lawsuit insisting that this previously vacant space be renovated for public use. It wasn’t until 1850 that the park opened to the public.

When I lived at the Third North Residence Hall my first year, I would make several trips to Tompkins Square Bagels and eat in the park. Stuyvesant’s remarkable ambiance contributes to its identity as a zone supportive of hot girls. The park is a manageable size, yet has enough benches, both shaded and in the sun, to customize your outdoor experience. Also, the fountain at its center is a gorgeous addition, giving the space character.

Fountain and foliage in the Stuyvesant Square Park.
Entrance to the Stuyvesant Square Park.
Destination #3: Hudson River Park

On Manhattan’s west side runs the Hudson River. There are four miles of public piers and pathways along the river where New Yorkers can jog, hang out, etc. The park attracts more than 17 million visitors every year.

My favorite spot by the river is Pier 45. I’ve gone there to listen to a podcast and eat a bagel, scribble in my journal, and spend time with friends. In September 2023, a bunch of my friends and I held a pier picnic. It was such a fun way to reunite after not being together all summer. If you live at NYU’s Greenwich Hall, Pier 45 is just a five minute walk away. I recommend grabbing a slice from Village Square Pizza before heading over. You can’t go wrong with takeout or a picnic either.

Cheese, snacks, and plates on a picnic blanket.
Hot girl picnic!
A selfie of two girls on a pier
My friend Anjana and I love hot girl walks
Sunset view from the pier.
A BeReal shot featuring two girls and a bright day on the pier
My friend Hannah and I resting on Pier 45 after a stellar hot girl walk
Destination #4: The Ramble in Central Park

Central Park is obviously a hot girl hot spot in general. My favorite area to walk through is certainly The Ramble. As their website describes, the 36 acres were designed to look like the forests of upstate New York. The Ramble includes winding paths, trails, rustic bridges, and a stream, among other features. The Ramble is also home to iconic New York staples like Bethesda Terrace and Belvedere Castle.

With such an adventurous trek uptown (for NYU students, that is), you may want to flesh out an agenda. I suggest stopping at the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. This way you can make the most of your visit, learn new things, and get solid time outside. What a good way to work both your mind and body.

A lake in Central Park with high-rise buildings reflected in the water.
A path in The Ramble covered by red-leaved trees.
Destination #5: St. Luke in the Fields Church Garden

This garden may be the most gatekept location on this list, so I’m doing you a favor. This tiny slice of vegetation is a lovely spot to read and rest on the west side. It also provides an opportunity to immerse in wildlife, as since over 100 species of birds have been found there!

If you live at Greenwich Hall, you’re in luck; this hot girl destination is only a block away. Regardless of where you are coming from, picking up a beverage at Blackstone Coffee Roaster or a sandwich at Sanpanino may elevate your hot girl walk.

A lush garden with lots of green vegetation.
A boy walking through a verdant garden.

Olivia Federici (she/her) is a junior studying Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Born and raised in the small town of Oxford, Connecticut, she brought with her to NYU a vigor to enrich her academic pursuits through conducting traditional coursework and immersing in the social fabric of the city. During the school year, she serves as an Admissions Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as well as a Writing Tutor at the Writing Center. Off-campus, she embarks on photo walks, learning from those whom she meets along the way.