The Tribeca–Battery Park City area has a swanky new country club and it’s called Asphalt Green. Okay, so AG is actually a non-profit with a long history on the Upper East Side, but when you check out the 52,000-square-foot downtown facility, with its three levels spread across two buildings, and its views of ball fields and leafy trees, it’s hard not to think country club. In New York City, space is the ultimate luxury. And after substantial delays to its opening, the swishy place to sweat is especially welcome.
Here are five things to know about downtown’s newest gym and community center:
1. Aquatic wonderland
The gorgeous six lane, 25-yard swimming pool is located in a huge double height room with skylights galore. The pools features starting blocks for racers and there’s a master’s swim program. Next to the lap pool there’s a 90-degree-Farenheit family pool with a moveable floor (e.g. one minute it can be one-foot deep for a baby swim lesson and then it can move to become three-feet deep for a pre-school swim lesson.)
2. Lackluster free weights
Tons of cardio equipment overlooks the ball fields, and there are a good number of weight machines. But the free weight section is lackluster and short on space, especially given the fitness trend away from machine-based weights and toward a more functional approach to strength and weight training.
3. High-quality children’s programming
In addition to AG’s renowned aquatics programming, they brought in local institutions such as Church Street Music School to manage its art and music and Great Performances to run its cooking programming. Smart!
4. Group fitness galore
Asphalt Green offers everything from spin to Zumba, boot camp, mat Pilates, and yoga. We haven’t yet tried a class so can’t vouch for the instructor quality, but the schedule is definitely full and comprehensive.
5. Basketball and volleyball
Brush off your intramural sports skills in the basketball and volleyball leagues.
Asphalt Green Battery Park City, 212 North End Avenue, btwn Warren and Murray Sts., http://www.asphaltgreenbpc.org