November 15, 2012

Top 5 Places to Sweat Outdoors

Actual photo I took in Central Park- I know, I can't believe it either!

I can feel it. Our (nice) days are numbered, winter is right around the corner. Aside from that freak slush/snow storm last week, another sure sign is that the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is going up today. While most people probably get excited for the holiday season, the tree is pushing the panic button inside my head- "NOOOO! Winter is Coming!" I get seriously upset this time of year because I know a long, cold, miserable, east coast winter is right around the corner. Since moving to New York I have found that two things are true- 1. The "winter blues" are a real thing, and 2. Hibernation is not just for bears.



"Dude, buck up."


Since the forecast is right around 50 and sunny for the next 10 days, I plan to get outside while I still can. Here are my top 5 places to sweat outdoors;

1. Chelsea Piers
Location: W 23rd & 12th Avenue
Activities: Aside from all the varied indoor sports and activities at Chelsea Piers (I can't wait to try the adult gymnastics!), outside you have a driving range, soccer fields, basketball courts, and great trails for running and biking.
Scene: Prime people watching


While I do not currently own a bike, I do aspire to one day have an apartment large enough to store one in. In the mean time I have rented one from here, which is also fun.


2. Bridges
Location: Varies- see map
Activities: Running, walking or biking over one of the city's bridges is a fun way to mix it up, take advantage of photo ops along the way and check out a new neighborhood on the other side.
Scene: Hard core runners and cyclists mixed with tourists and families.







3. East River Walk & Parks
Location: E 63rd- E 120's & FDR Drive
Activities: A continuous pedestrian walkway right along the East River, perfect for running or biking. Adjacent to two great neighborhood parks;
John Jay Park- Tennis, Basketball, Outdoor Pool (summer only)
Carl Schurz Park- Basketball, Dog park
Scene: Upper East Side stroller mommies, dog walkers, and the retired set.



4. Riverside Park
Location: W 72nd- W 125th & Hudson Pkwy
Activities: Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Skate Park, Kayak Rental, Dog Park, Boat Basin.
Scene: Young families, etc.



5. McCarren Park
Location: Greenpoint/ North Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Activities: Plenty of sporty options- Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Track, Outdoor Pool (summer only).
Scene: A vibrant neighborhood park with a healthy dose of hipster flare. Observe these in their natural habitat;


Actual Brooklynite



NYC Parks- http://www.nycgovparks.org/

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