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Best of 2013: We Heart New York

We mapped out lots of aspects of healthy living in the Big Apple this year—from Brooklyn juice bars and huge urban farms to indie cycling brands and the best hot yoga studios.
Brooklyn green juice
9 great Brooklyn juice bars


This week, we’re highlighting our favorite (and most popular) stories in categories like Good Sweat and Good Looks, plus the most controversial stories, most interesting fridges, and more. All of these “best-of” articles made our readers click, comment, think, and smile (or frown). Some probably led to diet or workout changes; some may inspire 2014 resolutions.

Here are our best stories about healthy living in the Big Apple from 2013, in no particular order:

1. Your guide to New York’s sizzling hot yoga scene
You can now do a dozen-plus hot yoga styles at studios around New York. We put on our tiny shorts to bring you this sweaty guide to them.

2. 8 New York City spots that transform lunch at your desk
Eating at your desk just got a little healthier. A new crop of grab-and-go spots are serving local green salads, organic meats, and better grains like quinoa.

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New York City’s biggest urban farms

3. 9 New York City cycling studios that aren’t SoulCycle or Flywheel
Though the cycling spotlight’s been on the fast-growing megabrands, there are now lots of smaller spin studios with quality classes across New York City.

4. 9 great Brooklyn juice bars
In the borough of Brooklyn, where artisanal bacon and culinary cocktails rule the food scene, juice bars have started to make their cold-pressed presence known.

5. NYC CrossFit Box Directory: Updated!
Your guide to all the boxes on the exploding CrossFit scene from the Bronx to South Brooklyn, with a handy map!

6. Hyperlocal Produce: New York City’s biggest urban farms
The city may be starved for space, but residents are filling every inch they can find with healthy things to grow and eat. Take a tour of New York City’s farms.