- YMCA Sports Complex at the Park Slope Armory
361 15th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Park Slope; 212-912-2580
It doesn’t have the river location or the pool of the Chelsea Piers complex, but the soaring ceilings and nineteenth-century feel of this former drill hall make it more magnificent. Just opened after a $16 million renovation, with an Olympic-caliber 200-meter track as its centerpiece, the Y is fine-tuned for its neighborhood, with dozens of kid and parent-child programs. In addition to the beautiful track that dominates the space, there’s basketball, yoga, and cardio classes, plus art and writing programs and complimentary child care for members. And because it is, after all, Park Slope, there’s “Stroller Strut” hour from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Monthly membership is $40 individual, $72 per family, plus a $75 initiation fee.
Best Sporting Facility
From the 2010 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).