Multiple locations, 888-227-8624
The corporate goal to come up with at least six new classes every quarter that blend fitness with pop-culture Zeitgeist keeps the class schedules here percolating. Now: a Dreamgirls dance class complete with Beyoncé-style moves set to the movie’s soundtrack.
69 Prince St., 212-334-4631
The thought of a roasted-pork panini with coppa and fontina from the ’wichcraft bar on the main floor could be just the thing to keep you on the elliptical another twenty minutes.
- David Barton
215 W. 23rd St., 212-414-2022
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the D.J.’s—who could be Junior Vasquez or Sammy Jo—run the turntables. The music gets progressively more raucous the later it gets.
- New York Health & Racquet Club
60 W. 23rd St., 212-989-2300
There are beautiful new cream-and-red Italian tiles, centerpiece-worthy flowers, and lots of automatic switches (lights, toilets) so you don’t share a single germ.
- The Sports Club/LA
45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-218-8600
Freshly washed T-shirts, shorts, and socks at your disposal (sneakers are still BYO). Executive membership includes an overnight laundry service.
A well-chosen amenity reduces workout drudgery.
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).