If You Want to Bask in the Sun...
Printing House Fitness + Squash Club
421 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-243-7600
The adjacent rooftop sundeck and 3,000-square-foot gym offer enough incentive to cough up the annual fee, but why not just befriend a member so you can spend the occasional day there for a mere $25 on weekdays?
18 Ninth Ave., nr. Little W. 12th St.; 212-206-6700
Cost: $250/day, Mon.–Fri. only
The hefty price tag includes all the accessories you'll need for a leisurely poolside weekend: sunblock, lip balm, gossip magazines, even Popsicles. However, there are only so many seats for those who live to loungenot to mention that the pool itself is especially tinyso get there early or be prepared to wait.
Le Parker Meridien
119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-7340
Cost: $75/day, $50/day for children
With poolside service from Norma's and views of Central Park, the Parker Meridien is the best pool experience in midtown. Pool users also get full access to the 15,000-square-foot fitness center, but you'll be too enthralled by the sight lines to care.