New York Health & Racquet Club

★★★☆☆
  • 110 W 56th St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-541-7200

About New York Health & Racquet Club

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 5:30am - 11pm;Sat. 8am - 9pm;Sun. 8am - 6pm

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
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The NYHRC as a whole is pretty good. For $99 per month (month-to-month, often enough) you get your pick of several locations, most of which have decent facilities, great hours, a wide variety of classes, and even a small pool big enough to do laps in. I am also a member of a much bigger, more glamorous club with the top facilities in town, but if I had to choose one club, I'd stick with the HRC because of the number of convenient locations. I use W 56th, E 50th, and Cooper Square frequently; W 23rd, Park Ave So, and Whitehall are also nice.

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The NYHRC as a whole is pretty good. For $99 per month (month-to-month, often enough) you get your pick of several locations, most of which have decent facilities, great hours, a wide variety of classes, and even a small pool big enough to do laps in. I am also a member of a much bigger, more glamorous club with the top facilities in town, but if I had to choose one club, I'd stick with the HRC because of the number of convenient locations. I use W 56th, E 50th, and Cooper Square frequently; W 23rd, Park Ave So, and Whitehall are also nice.

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The 56th Street location stole my bicycle lock. I returned from Labor Day weekend to find a sign posted saying they will clip locks left overnight, and my lock was gone, leaving me standing there foolishly in the middle of midtown with a bicycle and no lock.

I have been a member of the NYHRC, and have been leaving my lock there overnight, since 2004. I commute to midtown by bicycle, and shower at the gym.

When I reported the theft, the manager on duty simply shrugged and said, "We are not responsible for locks." It is one thing to disavow responsibility for locks; it is another thing to clip them.

I am now canceling my membership. Be forewarned: it is an arduous and expensive process. You cannot cancel in person; you must send a registered, certified letter to headquarters 30 days before your next "collection date." The $350 annual locker fee I just paid is non-refundable.

Between the non-refundable locker fee, the lost bike lock, and the useless extra month, I'm out more than $600 to the New York Health and Racquet Club. I cannot recommend joining them. There are plenty of other gyms in the area.

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★☆☆☆☆

The 56th Street location stole my bicycle lock. I returned from Labor Day weekend to find a sign posted saying they will clip locks left overnight, and my lock was gone, leaving me standing there foolishly in the middle of midtown with a bicycle and no lock.

I have been a member of the NYHRC, and have been leaving my lock there overnight, since 2004. I commute to midtown by bicycle, and shower at the gym.

When I reported the theft, the manager on duty simply shrugged and said, "We are not responsible for locks." It is one thing to disavow responsibility for locks; it is another thing to clip them.

I am now canceling my membership. Be forewarned: it is an arduous and expensive process. You cannot cancel in person; you must send a registered, certified letter to headquarters 30 days before your next "collection date." The $350 annual locker fee I just paid is non-refundable.

Between the non-refundable locker fee, the lost bike lock, and the useless extra month, I'm out more than $600 to the New York Health and Racquet Club. I cannot recommend joining them. There are plenty of other gyms in the area.

Pros: Running water

Cons: Costs, policies

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This is pretty convenient for those working in midtown who want to slip out for a quick lunch time work out. The facilities here are pretty basic, but you can schedule time with decent trainers.

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This is pretty convenient for those working in midtown who want to slip out for a quick lunch time work out. The facilities here are pretty basic, but you can schedule time with decent trainers.

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HRC is a good gym if you're a sucker for the latest technology, but if you're focused on the basics, look elsewhere. The hefty $119 pm (vs $75-85 for competing gyms) unfortunately doesnt give much besides fancier workout machines and extraneous internet access at cardiostations (albiet with disfunctional touchscreens). Service was bad (I've left 5 messages over the last week about cancelling my membership and haven't had a single call returned, of course no one physically present at the gym has any authority), there are hidden fees ($450 pa for locker+laundry) and their "free" hour of fitness coaching is only a sales presentation for their $85ph training sessions. Don't buy their pitch about having a pool or 6 floors - their pool is really an oversized bathtub and its really 1 floor and 5 lofts. Thumbs down overall.

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★★☆☆☆

HRC is a good gym if you're a sucker for the latest technology, but if you're focused on the basics, look elsewhere. The hefty $119 pm (vs $75-85 for competing gyms) unfortunately doesnt give much besides fancier workout machines and extraneous internet access at cardiostations (albiet with disfunctional touchscreens). Service was bad (I've left 5 messages over the last week about cancelling my membership and haven't had a single call returned, of course no one physically present at the gym has any authority), there are hidden fees ($450 pa for locker+laundry) and their "free" hour of fitness coaching is only a sales presentation for their $85ph training sessions. Don't buy their pitch about having a pool or 6 floors - their pool is really an oversized bathtub and its really 1 floor and 5 lofts. Thumbs down overall.

Pros: Latest equipment, Not crowded

Cons: Overpriced, Pool is too small, bad service

More about New York Health & Racquet Club

State-of-the-art cardio equipment with personal TVs Massive selection of free weights and strength training equipment Indoor pool Two pro racquetball courts with lessons available Half-court basketball Three group fitness studios Boxing studio Whirlpool Separate men's and women's saunas Separate men's and women's steam room Eucalyptus room Personal training Massage Locker and laundry services Complimentary towel service Free WiFi

 

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