- East 54th Street Parks and Recreation Center
348 East 54th St., 212-754-5411
The East 54th New York City Parks and Recreation Center is a quirky little gym where for $75 a year—not enough to cover the cost of one training session at the glitzy nearby megagym—members run, lift, and swim with no pretensions. Built in 1911 to provide public showers for the city’s working poor, the recently renovated center now has a lap pool, a basketball court, and an indoor track as well as its own minimalist takes on weight and cardio rooms. You can forget flat-screen TVs and towel service, but for $6.25 a month, you will, gladly.
Best Cheap Gym
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).