outdoors & recreation
Join in NYC Sports
by Jonathan Zeller, 09/21/2011
Photo: Scott McDermott
Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex
Hudson River and West 23rd Street, 212-336-6000, Chelsea
There's no better place to start your NYC sports journey than at Chelsea Piers. Calling it a "gym" isn't technically wrong—you can run here, and you can lift weights. But that little word seems inadequate considering that Chelsea Piers offers a driving range, ice hockey, dance, bowling and swimming, too: the 28-acre complex is practically a sports city. Drop in and play pickup basketball, or sign up for gymnastics lessons and finally learn how to do a back handspring. The facility's 25-yard pool is famous for its views of the Hudson River, and its rock-climbing walls tower up to 73 feet high. The venue is also home to a number of organized leagues for players of all ages.