The stadium-size Sports Center at Chelsea Piers is equal parts playground and athlete's escape, with a regulation-size boxing ring, a sand volleyball court, a quarter-mile indoor track, a rock-climbing wall, three basketball courts, a sports-drills center, and a 25-yard indoor swimming pool. Not to mention a 14,000-square-foot weight-lifting deck. There's a full group fitness schedule, and members can sign up for triathlon-training clinics or meet with sports-specific trainers. Other perks: a spa and a cafe. "Once you're inside, you forget that you're in the middle of Manhattan. There are glass windows everywhere, so you're always looking at the Hudson River," member Ann Marie Delaney says.
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