New York City (Times Square) Neighborhood Guide


Travel well with this guide to New York Times Square.: Photo Credit: BraunS/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

The wellness-focused EVEN Hotel Times Square South in New York City offers a calming break from the hubbub of one of Manhattan’s most iconic and busy locations. Located near the theater district and Madison Square Garden, the hotel provides opportunities to work out in the Athletic Studio, as well as on the in-room yoga mat and stability ball, and to enjoy healthy bites, snacks and smoothies at Cork & Kale Market and Bar. But for when you do want to get out and enjoy the hustle and bustle of New York City, there’s also plenty for the health-conscious traveler to do near the hotel:

Great Gyms

David Barton is a legend in the fitness world, known for his sleek nightclub-esque gyms. TMPL, his 40,000-square-foot mural-adorned facility on the edge of Times Square, offers state-of-the-art equipment, a sauna, steam room and giant salt water pool and more than 100 classes a week. Pro tip: If you book the free 30-minute tour, you can often get a free day to try out the gym.

Another popular option is Orangetheory. The idea behind this hip gym’s one-hour circuit training is that exercising above an 84 percent maximum heart rate for 12 to 20 minutes can yield big results. A mix of treadmill, rowing machines and strength training makes sure you never get bored.

Must-Try Classes

Om Factory offers some unique fitness experiences, including AcroYoga, which combines acrobatics with yoga, and an aerial circus class, where you’ll twist and flip while dangling from colorful silks.

Of course, if you’d like a more traditional gym — but with state-of-the-art equipment — New York Sports Club is always a crowd pleaser, especially with TVs built right into the treadmills and a wide array of classes from martial arts to Tone House where you train against each other in teams.

Fuel Smart

Grab a bite at Green Symphony, a health-conscious deli with options like homemade soups, sandwiches on multigrain bread, brown rice bowls and DIY salads. Don’t miss the “Bee Pollen” smoothie, featuring apple and pear, carrot, and curative bee pollen and ginseng.

Another healthy favorite is The Little Beet, whose seasonally changing menu caters to almost any diet, from gluten-free to vegan. Some delicious musts: the Yuzu-maple dressed-beets and lentils, as well as the vegetarian mushroom poke bowl.

Amazing Trails

Staying in Times Square means you can walk about 30 minutes to Manhattan’s best known — and biggest — outdoor attraction: Central Park. Head to Broadway and 42nd to stroll through the buskers and feel the true energy of the neighborhood. Then get away from the crowds by heading to Fifth Avenue and walking north. Make sure to wear proper footwear, as near the park entrance at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street you can climb up a giant hill for an aerial view.

Another great walk is heading to The High Line, an abandoned elevated railway-turned-public park. From Even Hotel Times Square South, head west toward Eleventh Avenue and then south until you come to a park entrance at 34th Street. Walk up the ramp to admire gardens that show you the natural flora that grew before the railway was landscaped.

The High Line runs for 1.45 miles, with gorgeous gardens, creative sculptures and inspiring views along the way. Don’t miss seeing the Statue of Liberty from the park’s Tenth Avenue Square, or a prime vista of the Empire State Building from within the High Line’s Chelsea Grasslands between West 18th and West 20th Streets.

About the Author

Jessica Festa is the editor of Epicure & Culture, as well as Jessie on a Journey. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don't read about in guidebooks.