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East 54th Street Parks and Recreation Center
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 renovated center 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.
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Best of New York: Health & Self
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.