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Best Brooklyn Gym

  • Dodge YMCA

    225 Atlantic Ave., 718-422-0122

    There’s a fancy new Equinox in Brooklyn Heights, but this nearly brand-new family-friendly facility is more than a place to do cardio and weights. There are community-centric programs for teens and toddlers, infant swim classes in the six-lane pool, and pickup basketball games in the gigantic gym. The fitness center has cardio and strength-training machines plus 96 adult classes a week, from spinning to belly dancing. For $5 per hour extra, you can book a babysitter while you do your time on the treadmill. One drawback: At peak hours, there can be long lines for equipment, most likely because it’s the only reasonably priced enterprise in Cobble Hill. (A family membership is $100 for two adults and includes your children; individual adults are $60.)

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