Fitness >Asphalt Green
555 E. 90th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1012840.777940 -73.943963
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
The playing field, in the morning, was usually filthy in the Fall, Winter, and Spring months, strewn with drink bottles, plastic bags, and assorted garbage from previous day's (or weeks!) activities. This seemed to drastically improve overnight when Summer camp started, and the field and running track are great.
The personnel are a different story. The desk people are mostly surly and do the minimum to assist you or answer questions, but my biggest gripe is with the security guards. They are rude, unhelpful, and uninformed about the policies that they are supposed to enforce. One was initially friendly, but after a few minutes conversation he asked me to help him find another job. I can imagine why!
I suggest that this establishment drastically revise their hiring policies.
kids program not recommeded due to coach – coach was inappropriate and a bad sport. Overall, not really what I want for my kids, or any kids. I mean really, name calling, bullying, from the coach. I don't think so.
I can't imagine why they would keep this guy.
I learned to swim here – I was 27-28 years old when I joined Asphalt Green and learned to swim. I joined because I read that their private swim lessons were really good, and that they had the best pool in NYC. I took lessons for about 9 months and now love swimming, even in the ocean. I spoke with another member in her 40's who was learning to swim at AG, and she said she's hooked too. I see her there doing laps every night, even though she just started taking lessons. The pool is Olympic size but they change the configuration throughout the day, which I love. I also joined the fitness center, which is probably my favorite gym of all the ones I've ever been to. I really appreciate that it's never crowded or smelly. This fact makes me feel really comfortable there. I think it's actually less expensive than Equinox, from what I've heard about the Equinox rates. I work close to AG, but live far away. I would honestly move closer to the gym if I could.
best pool in NYC – Fabulous pool. Best in NYC. A bit over-priced, particularly since it is a non-profit. I keep coming back, though!
Go for the Green! – This is one fantastic place. The staff is friendly, the pool is amazing, the fitness center has awesome classes. It's such a gem on the Upper East Side.
Two multipurpose athletic complexes as well as surrounding playing areas serve a diverse clientele at this massive sports facility. – The Scene
Built on five acres of city-owned property, Asphalt Green is a not-for-profit sports venue with incredibly varied programming. Where else would you find pregnant teens from Inwood House relaxing in a small water pool (with a hydraulic floor) while nearby geriatric ladies who lunch swim Olympic-length laps under a luminous skylight of fogged glass? Separate dressing rooms are provided for members and guests, but everyone has access to a steamroom.
Free weights and Nautilus are practically passe--but available--at this gym, which has both FitLinxx (a simulated trainer attached to the exercise machines) and a handicapped-accessible universal fitness station. With four basketball courts (three outdoors), an astroturfed athletic field (baseball, softball, lacrosse, etc.), a running track (accessible to the public) and even a little theater where puppet shows are regularly performed, this place dwarfs other health clubs in terms of physical magnitude, class options and community outreach.
Asphaltlutely Amazing – The fitness center overlooks the river and is beautiful, the pool is amazing and the staff is extremely friendly. Asphalt Green is a 10 across the boards.
Not a Meet Market – Great gym, people serious about getting healthier, not cheesy guys hitting on every girl in there, not total psycho beefcakes... great classes, phenom pool, very clean, never over crowded. maybe a bit pricier than nysc and equinox, but well worth it and still less than the really big ticket places like reebok and crunch
Asphalt Green Fitness Center is really user friendly. The cardio pieces look out over the east river/triborough bridge, the weight machines are hooked up to Fitlinxx system that keeps track of your workouts. They have all different kinds of machines that hit all the various muscle groups in different ways. The free weight area is set up with equipment like a major college, pro-team, olympic training center. They even have all this special equipment for stretching and relaxation. Staff is with it and quite helpfull, most of them really know their stuff. The atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed. The place is very clean and the equipment is well kept. Add the really great pool, full size astro-turf field with indoor and outdoor jogging tracks, the basketball gym, and I think you have found an "Athletic Paradise"
Multi-Use – The facility has a lot of variety of equipment. Able to hadle elite athletes to novice users,People with Disabilities. Rehab. etc. Great freeweight equipment for Powerlifting and Olympic lifting. Fitlinxx System (computer integrated sensors on lifting machines) monitors your workout and gives you constant feedback on your range of motion, speed etc, and keeps track of weight lifted, sets and reps, also tracks cardio workouts.
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