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The Daily Plant : Thursday, February 21, 2013

Recreation Centers Host Heart Of The Community

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Last week, NYC Parks celebrated Valentine’s Day with “Heart of the Community,” an event featuring free fitness classes and wellness seminars at 11 Recreation Centers throughout the city.

Hansborough Recreation Center, at 35 West 134th Street in Manhattan, celebrated the day with a pilates class designed to create a balanced body while invigorating the mind; a nutrition seminar, blood pressure checks, and “Walk it Out” fitness program conducted by Harlem Hospital; a “Wellness Q&A” where participants were encouraged to ask questions on a variety of topics including losing weight, what to choose when eating out, and good fats vs. bad fats.

Some examples of the heart-healthy activities offered at other Centers include:

Nutrition Seminar: Discuss heart-healthy eating and, of course, sugar! (Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, Manhattan)

Lunchtime Sweat: Get a break from the office. Enjoy a one-hour workout, building muscle and burning fat while working out the stress from the day. (Greenbelt Recreation Center, Staten Island)

Swim Aerobics: Doing aerobics in the pool combines a good work out with minimal stress on muscles and joints. (St. Mary’s Recreation Center, the Bronx)

Yoga: While yoga is primarily about stretching, it develops strength and increases flexibility. Each pose has a specific purpose. (Al Oerter Recreation Center, Queens)

All Heart of the Community events were free, open to the public, and no membership was required to join.

NYC Parks manages 35 recreation centers that have various amenities including; indoor pools, weight rooms, gymnasiums, indoor tracks, dance studios, art studios, game rooms and computer classrooms. NYC Parks Recreation Center membership gives you access to New York City’s most affordable and extensive network of recreational facilities across the five boroughs.

For more information on joining a Recreation Center, visit:


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Know Before You Go

Recreation CentersHansborough Recreation Center

Beginning Sunday, May 12, 2019, the indoor pool will be closed as part of an ongoing project to renovate the pool, it is being drained to perform an extensive inspection of the pool basin. Access to the center will not be impacted due to this work. For your indoor pool needs, we encourage you to use NYC Parks’ other indoor pools in Manhattan and the Bronx. The three nearest NYC Parks facilities with indoor pools are Recreation Center 54, located at 348 East 54th Street in Manhattan, Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, located at 232 West 60th Street in Manhattan, and St. Mary’s Recreation Center, located at 450 St. Ann’s Avenue in the Bronx. We thank you for your patience while we work to address and improve Hansborough Recreation Center. If you have additional questions, Center Management and facility staff can provide members with information on alternative sites, classes and Lap Swim hours. Additional questions can be answered by staff at (212) 234-9601. Please visit the parks website for any changes or updates to the schedule.
Anticipated Completion: Winter 2020

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