To Go Fish and Get Fit, ‘Trust’ the Hudson
BY MAEVE GATELY | Want to add more movement and fresh air to your life? Then look no further than your nearby piers and parks, where the Hudson River Park Trust has organized a series of summer events and classes, designed to keep your body moving and your fishing line taut.
SUMMER OF FITNESS
To get fit and stay that way, perspiration isn’t enough. So this free exercise series comes with a set of instructions, guaranteed to produce maximum results. All you have to do is provide the consistent effort. Tuesday evenings, Löle apparel and enthusiastic trainers from FITiST team up to lead participants through yoga, dance fitness and other group workouts — sweating and laughing as the adrenaline takes hold. Wednesdays and Thursdays feature Shape Up NYC, a citywide public fitness program organized by NYC Parks and taught by instructors from Equinox. Participants will learn Nia — a “sensory-based movement that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts.” Nia has been taught in over 45 countries and is accessible to people with all body types and levels of experience. If the music and group energy is not enough to motivate you through these workouts, look out across the river — and jog towards the sunset!
Free, for all ages and abilities (accessible to people with disabilities). Löle Meet-Ups: every Tues. through Aug. 20, 6:30pm, on Pier 25 in Tribeca (at N. Moore St.). Bring your own mat. Class size is limited to 75, and RSVP is required (visit facebook.com/loleshowtiquenyc or email Lole.Nyc@lolewomen.com). A mat is also necessary for Shape Up NYC, every Wed. through Aug. 21, 6:30pm, on Pier 64 in Chelsea (at W. 23rd St.) and every Thurs. through Aug. 22, 6:30pm, on Pier 84 in Hell’s Kitchen (at W. 44th St.). Classes limited to 75 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
BIG CITY FISHING
Urban anglers can drop a line on one of four piers — and they don’t need to bring anything other than patience and enthusiasm. HRPT educators will provide formal instruction, rods, reels and bait (and answer questions about technique and maritime ecology as the day goes on). The rule is catch and release, so don’t expect to bring your prize bluefish home for dinner. What you can look forward to is an afternoon spent with your family or fellow anglers, learning the ins and outs of city fishing and watching the ferries go by — until your line gets a bite, and you reel away!
Free. Appropriate for ages five and up. Weather permitting, 1-5pm, Sundays, on Pier 25 in Tribeca (at N. Moore St.), on Pier 63 in Chelsea (at W. 23rd St.) and on Pier 84 in Hell’s Kitchen (at W. 44th St.). Also 1-5pm Tuesdays, on Pier 46 in Greenwich Village (at Charles St.). For more info, visit hudsonriverpark.org.