The Kent Blog

Staying Active on the Upper East Side


Each year, gym memberships spike as people resolve to make this the year that they stick to a fitness routine. Not everyone succeeds, but for those who make The Kent home, the deck is already stacked in their favor. Residents at The Kent can make good on their resolutions by heading down to the building's state-of-the-art indoor fitness center, which houses an array of new machines, weights, and conditioning equipment. They can also swim laps along the 55-foot heated pool, with the elegant, backlit glass sculpture wall as background, and soothe tired muscles post-workout in the teak-paneled Finnish-style sauna. There’s no doubt that the indoor amenities at The Kent rival those of the city’s most exclusive gyms, while the Upper East Side itself is like one big fitness complex, with plenty of parks, bike routes, local sports leagues, and dance classes to choose from.

Perhaps the most famous outdoor fitness landmark in New York City is the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which occupies a 106-acre area of Central Park between East 86th and 96th Streets. Thanks to a major renovation completed by the Central Park Conservancy in 2015, the new Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track, a beautifully landscaped stone path that loops around the reservoir, features views of 100 acres of Manhattan skyline and water. Joggers will find a historically accurate replica of the original four-foot-tall cast-iron railing along the water, and innumerable ways to peek at the more than 20 species of water birds, including the cormorants, herons, and egrets who make the reservoir their urban home.

To the east of Central Park, at the pristine and compact oasis of Carl Schurz Park, a tucked- away neighborhood treasure that runs from East 84th to East 90th Streets, joggers can scope out the activities along the East River and the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, while architecture fans can catch a glimpse of Gracie Mansion. Carl Schurz Park is notably dog- friendly, with two dog parks ideal for Kent residents’ pets, who can enjoy an unleashed romp in the snow; it also includes a playground for kids aged 3 and up, a dedicated fitness path, and a basketball court. Like Central Park, Carl Schurz offers regular programs, including year-round volunteer gardening, an Easter egg hunt, and an outdoor film festival. For those who want to get their cardio in but prefer group classes to solo jogs, the nearby 92nd Street Y is a great place to try out some new activities—from dance and yoga to Pilates, Zumba, and martial arts, including prenatal & postpartum classes. The dance offerings, which are quite impressive, provide some international flair: students of all experience levels can take classes in flamenco, salsa, hula, ballet, swing, and dozens of other styles, so there’s always something new to try.


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