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Exercise in New York City

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A June 2000 trip to New York by jim

Central Park Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: New York provides alot of great options for exercising both indoors and outdoors.

Inline Skating

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Attraction | "Rollerblade down Manhattan from the West Side"

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Start early one weekend morning and bike or rollerblade the length of Manhattan. Actually, I usually start at the Upper Westside around 94th Street and go all the way to Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. Battery Park is a great place to end up: 1) the scenery is great with the water, the marina, the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty 2) you can chill out in Battery Park and the wind feels great on a warm day 3) you can find lots of cool little cafes to catch a bite to eat 4) you will see a piece of almost every neighborhood in Manhattan.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2000

Inline Skating
City Streets of Manhattan
New York, New York

Biking the Bridges in Manhattan

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Get Ready... Photo, New York, New York
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The two bridges I can personally vouch for are the Triboro Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge. Both have a really nice bike path and are easily accessible. A particularly nice route is to cross the Queensboro Bridge (also called the 59th St. Bridge) from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Go north once you get to the other side. You will see the Triboro bridge in the distance. Cross the Triboro back into Manhattan. You have to go with the flow as you cross over the Triboro (you can't take the most direct route, but you will find the way back into Manhattan and you will have to carry your bike up a few stairs but not many). The views from the bridges are spectacular and you will get a good workout. I str...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2000

Central Park

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Attraction | "Running in Central Park"

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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It is a fun place to run because there are always alot of people to see (pretty, weird, etc.). Plus the Park is beautiful and offers several detours if you like (i.e. around the reservoir near 88th Street, or by the fountain around 72nd St.). The route itself is a little challenging with several rolling hills (plus the one steep one at the top of the park). You can get water at a water fountain near 88th street on the East Side or at street vendors on the weekends. Check the race schedules because the New York Road Runners Club (and other running clubs) put on races that are neat to run in on weekend mornings - you can run even when a race is going on by the way.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2000

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Riverside Park

Attraction | "Running in Riverside Park"

Riverside Park Photo, New York, New York
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The best part about the run is being next to the Hudson River. The boat basin next to the river around 72nd St. is cool as well. You have to cross under the highway at various points get next to the river. It is also nice to run past the many gardens and up toward Columbia Unvirsity (around 125th St.) This is definitely the more peaceful/family park. You will not see nearly as many people as in Central Park but you won't be disappointed either even if you are just people watching.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2000

Riverside Park
Riverside Drive and the Hudson River
New York, New York 10115
+1 212 870 3070

ExtraVertical Climbing Center

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Attraction | "Extra Vertical Climbing Center--Harmony Atrium"

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I've been rock climbing a few times on some fairly difficult climbs, so I was a little skeptical at first. Having said that, I had a great time. It was nice to be able to warm up on some very easy climbs and then work up to some more difficult ones. Plus you have the option of an outdoor wall that is twice as high and very challenging for a beginner climber. In fact none of the first timers in our group could make it to the top and only a couple of the slightly more experienced climbers did. I got a great workout and got a real rush from climbing the outdoor wall. Hardcore climbers might not find it as interesting, but several experienced climbers use this as a way to hone up and get a workout. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2001

ExtraVertical Climbing Center
1 West 62nd St
New York, New York 10023
212 586 5718

Some great gyms

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Two of my favorite gyms are Equinox (all of them are very nice) and Crunch (my favorite is on W. 83rd between Columbus and Amsterdam). Both of these gyms offer everything you would ever want in a gym (from weights to aerobic equipment to classes). Plus the facilities are clean and the people are relatively nice. These gyms put alot of effort into making the gym experience memorable so go and enjoy. Crunch is for a slightly younger crowd while Equinox is a little more fancy. Another option is the Reebok Sports Club (W. 66th and Columbus). You can spend an entire day at this place. You will find everything from a large pool, to full-court basketball, spa services & spa cuisine, every kind of...Read More
Blading Photo, New York, New York
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I don't go down to Battery Park as much as I used to, but before I moved to New York I always made sure I went there for a run when I visited. You have a really nice smooth, paved area right next to the river and you have some really neat things to look at (i.e. the Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, huge boats in the marina and of course the people). Plus the pavement runs up the West Side Highway for quite a ways if you want a nice long route.