New York City’s 10 Best Sports Activities (10 to 6)
10. Batting Cages. The Baseball Center NYC, 202 West 74th Street and the Field House at Chelsea Piers, between Piers 61 & 62 at 23rd Street & Hudson River Park. The Field House is closed from 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, June 21 – September 3 due to the Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp.
9. Golf Driving Range. Practice your golf swing in the city at New York Golf Center, 131 West 35th Street and Chelsea Piers Golf Club, 59 Chelsea Piers., or Randall’s Island Golf Center, 1 Randalls Island.
8. Kayaking. Yes you can kayak in New York City. For free kayaking, visit the Downtown Boathouse, a non-profit organization renting free kayaks at Pier 40, Pier 96, and 72nd Street on the Hudson River.
7. Swimming. Swimming is one of the best low impact exercises for men and women. Even babies can begin swimming at just a few months old. In New York City you can choose between 54 outdoor public pools, indoor public pools at recreation centers, or private indoor swimming. Most outdoor pools are public, crowded and full of kids so not expect to be able to do laps. If you want to perform laps, I recommend joining a gym like New York Sports Club or the YMCA or becoming a member of an indoor public pool ($75 dollar annual membership). Most indoor pools require a swimming cap and I highly encourage you to wear flip-flops in order to avoid walking barefoot on the moist flooring, especially in the locker room. Outdoor public pools close September 6th. See www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/pools for a list of public pools.
6. Basketball Courts. Courts are located all over New York City. Visit www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/basketball for basketball court locations. Rucker Park at 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard across the road from the Polo Grounds site is famous for producing a number of NBA players including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Vince Carter, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, and Ron Artest. See: NYC’s 10 Best NBA & Street Ball Basketball Legends