New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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If New York only conjures up images of models in stilettos and stockbrokers chain smoking, then a large part of its active and athletic population has been ignored. The parks are filled with New York City sports leagues, buildings boast New York City fitness centers and the streets are filled with runners, cyclists and joggers. The sites below cover the full spectrum of New York’s sports community.
- The sites here can help you find teams and pick-up games, but you might also consider posting an ad on Craigslist to find an activity partner.
- Employees of sporting goods shops may have insider information and advice about a particular sports community.
For a do-it-all sports facility …
is Manhattan’s most comprehensive sports facility. With state-of-the-art gym facilities, a golf club, skating rink, batting cage, bowling alley, personal training program and myriad sports teams, the Piers can slake most New Yorkers’ thirst for athletic activity. The catch is that it’s not cheap.
The YMCA of Greater New York
has information about all the facilities at their five Manhattan locations. Each has a fitness club as well as other sport offerings. Prices are likely to be more reasonable than at other health clubs.
To join a league or organization …
is the umbrella organization for several charity sports leagues aimed at young professionals in New York, donating a portion of membership fees to charity. Choose from touch football, outdoor and indoor soccer, volleyball, kickball, softball, dodgeball, and basketball. Teams compete all season and can elect to play for a cause to raise money. ZogSports also spearheads trips, social events, and other volunteer opportunities.
The New York City Social Sports Club
is for folks who miss playground sports and are looking for a way to meet others in a casual but enthusiastic coed environment. Check the site for information about offerings and a calendar of upcoming events.
The New York City Sports Commission
provides links to sports organizations for people with disabilities. Visit the “Adaptive”
page for a calendar of events, a list of adaptive sports organizations and information on New York City sports venue accessibility for people with disabilities.
is a loose league of players and leagues based out of McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Individuals can join the team or sign up to play for a day; you and at least nine friends can even show up on game day and pay to play.
For finding pick-up games …
can help you find pick-up basketball games wherever you are. It also has links to sites for finding pick-up softball and soccer games.
For running resources and clubs …
Nike Central Park Track Club
is a team for competitive runners of all abilities. There are team workouts at varying locations throughout the city.
For tennis …
has a list of private tennis clubs in New York with contact information and links to their Web sites, where available.
For golf courses …
is the official site for the city’s public golf courses. Find out about golfing in New York, learn about courses, and even book tee times.
NYC Tee Times
allows you to set tee times for all New York City golf courses run by the American Golf Corporation. If you want to look beyond the municipal options above, head here.
For skateboarding in the city …
Official New York
provides a more comprehensive list of New York City skate parks than those listed by the municipal site. Search by neighborhood in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn.
For ice skating ...
and its giant Christmas tree offer the quintessential New York winter experience. Get information on admission and private lessons.
may not be as famous as Rockefeller Center but it’s a lovely and slightly less expensive alternative—particularly if you own ice skates. Admission is free; visit the site for information on skate rental.
For bowling …
Leisure Time Bowl
is a bowling lounge in Midtown. Come to seriously bowl, have a party or enjoy some food and drink and bowl not so seriously.
is the perfect venue for those who like to combine bowling and partying. While traditional bowling reigns during the day, the evening is for those 21 and older only, with a well-stocked bar, a live DJ and glow-in-the-dark play.
For kayaking and canoeing …
The New York City Downtown Boathouse
runs a program for free kayaking on the Hudson. Take a 20-minute paddle, take a three-hour trip, or take a class. The site has details about when to arrive and what to bring.
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
offers free canoe trips on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The club is closed during the winter, but reservations can be made online beginning in the spring.
The Long Island City Community Boathouse
offers free programs in kayaking, canoeing, and education on the East River. The Boathouse is in Long Island City, Queens, and offers programs for groups and individuals of all levels.
For rock climbing and bouldering …
provides listings and evaluations for gyms and climbing sites in New York.
The City Climbers Club
is a nonprofit organization for climbers in New York. Become a member or purchase a day pass to go climbing at the 59th Street Rec Center.
a bar in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, supplements its wide selection of food and drink with two quite popular bocce ball courts.
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