For many New Yorkers, summer means weekends on Fire Island — it’s what gets them through the work week, the heat and humidity, the subway and the crowded city streets. Closer than the Hamptons — and pleasantly lacking in pretension and a social caste system — this barrier island off the coast of Long Island is made up of 17 communities that have each developed their own personality.
It’s been more than 40 years since the first Gay Pride March was held in New York City, and even the most visionary organizers of that protest march — commemorating the first anniversary of the Stonewall raid — could not have ever imagined what that single event would become.
In the English language, nothing beats the phrase “gone fishin’.” Snag a little free time and take off with a rod and reel to cast your line at the most perfect places in New York. Get to work on that gone fishin’ sign, beg off for a mental health day from work and head out to one of these local fishing spots.
New York City is surrounded by some of the region’s most beautiful natural resources, all within an hour or two by train or car. Be it beach, woods or whitewater rafting, your escape from New York is a lot closer than you think with the best campgrounds in the area.
Spinning classes continue to be one of the hottest fitness trends in the country, with new studios and gyms opening all the time. For the uninitiated, spinning classes are group workouts on stationary exercise bikes in which participants go through a series of phases, from warm-ups to more intense levels and back to cool-downs, all set to energetic music and typically led by a dynamic, motivational instructor. These classes are now available all over the city but these are New York’s best.
While supporters of mixed martial arts continue to wrangle with legal channels to get New York State to overturn its current ban on the professional sport, those who are interested in MMA and traditional martial arts may find programs throughout the city to learn and train safely. As attitudes about MMA — particularly its merits as fitness and self-defense training — change, more programs will no doubt become available to New Yorkers. Few could compete with these, the best of the best, right in New York.
Sure, Central Park and Riverside and the path along the East River downtown are great scenic spots for runners, but not everyone lives in Manhattan. The rest of the city’s runners need only check out these great options for runners with some of the finest scenery New York has to offer.