The Healthy NYC Guide
While it’s LA that gets all the credit for being a health-centric city, the wellness scene in New York is getting bigger and better by the day. Healthy restaurants and juice bars seem to be popping up on every corner, and between the West Side Highway, the High Line, and Central Park, there are ample outdoor places to run and stroll. Meanwhile, old favorites (like the Shibui spa at the Greenwich Hotel) are as compelling as ever. Below, a clean sweep of our favorite health-centric spots (many of which represented at our most recent In goop Health summit) for a clean-eating, self-care-focused take on the city that never sleeps. (Plus, a few places in the outer boroughs thrown in for good measure.)
This massive, man-made, historic park in the middle of Manhattan might just be the thing that makes city life bearable for so many of its citizens: With acres of green space, it’s a public oasis offering incredible playgrounds, swimming pools, public concerts, running tracks, dog parks, gondola dotted lakes, a boathouse, a wonderful zoo, and the John Lennon Memorial. It’s a wonderful place.
Chelsea Piers23rd St. and Hudson River Park, Chelsea | 212.336.6666
Situated on a pier along the Hudson River, this gigantic sporting complex operates out of the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. And it’s true: Here, you’ll find year-round ice skating, a rock climbing wall, gymnastics, soccer, a driving range, and more, all situated under one sprawling roof.
There are now thousands of Citi Bikes in NYC, accessible via 500 ports spread out over every neighborhood. In short, you buy a 24-hour ($10) week-long ($25), or annual pass ($149), and then can pick up and drop off as many bikes as you need to get around the city. While there are plenty of designated bike lanes, ride with caution, as cab traffic moves fast!
Cook Space Brooklyn603 Bergen St., Prospect Heights | 718.230.8400
New York City—a metropolis obsessed with eating—isn't short on restaurants, but, Cook Space offers a totally novel, modern alternative to the classic dinner out. This multi-functional space in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights hosts cooking classes, catering opportunities, workshops, and even classes for kiddos. Whether you're an accomplished home cook or a newbie in the kitchen, the roster has a little bit of something for everyone: Paleo, Ayurvedic, and Whole 30 classes, alongside New Orleans cuisine, classic Thai, or even vegan for carnivores, the list goes on. The best part? The lesson ends with a meal in the loft-like dining room.
Haven’s Kitchen109 W. 17th St., Chelsea | 212.929.7900
We’re pretty smitten with the concept here: Founder Alison Cayne transformed a carriage house into a cooking school/supper club, where area chefs lead classes on everything from cooking Vietnamese food with fresh herbs to gluten and allergen-free baking. Once the meal is made, participants grab chairs and eat the spoils together.
The High Line
This elevated public park that runs from the Meatpacking District all the way to Midtown is perhaps the best thing to happen to the city’s landscape in decades. Set on abandoned railway tracks suspended above the city streets, the restoration project by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in conjunction with James Corner Field Operations began in 2006 and continues to this day, now focused on a huge development in the original Rail Yards at the end of the line in the west 30’s. Boasting views of the Hudson, a seasonal landscaping program, and art installations throughout, the High Line draws crowds of city-dwellers and tourists looking for a little respite from the streets below.