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Small Pleasures

A well-chosen amenity reduces workout drudgery.


  • Crunch

    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.


  • Equinox

    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.

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine