Best Sports Equipment Stores in New York City – CBS New York

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By Jessica Allen

Once upon a time, the “gym rat” was an insult. Not anymore. Nowadays there is a fitness center or yoga studio or a wonderful gym on every corner. We run, we do Pilates, we lift weights, we run on trails and in parks. We are a city of athletes! And here’s where to go to stock up on all the gear, gear, and sportswear you’ll need.

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Brooklyn Running Co.
222 Grand Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
(718) 782-7866
www.brooklynrunningco.com

Brooklyn’s largest independent running supply store caters to beginners, which means you won’t feel bad if the last time you ran somewhere was a gym class in high school. But sidewalk regulars as well as walkers and joggers will also find their place here, especially since Brooklyn Running Co. has a gigantic shoe wall. In addition, each customer can have their gait (while walking or running on a treadmill) filmed and analyzed to ensure a perfect fit. This is a free service and the store prides itself on a no-pressure policy.

Model sporting goods
234, 42nd Street West
New York, New York 10036
(212) 764-7030
www.modells.com

If you’ve been watching TV in the New York City area for the past few years, you’ve no doubt experienced their jazzy, eye-catching jingle. Morris A. Modell founded the first eponymous store in 1889 and today his descendants run the oldest sporting goods store in the United States (with over 150 branches in the Northeast). From weight lifting to swimming, tennis to golf, basketball to baseball and everything in between – basically if it can be played you will find the equipment to play it and the clothes you need to wear for it. do it at Modell’s.

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Racket sports in New York
157, 35th Street West
New York, New York 10001
(212) 695-5353
www.grandcentralracquet.com/nycrs.html

The largest racquet sports store in New York City, NYC Racquet Sports is the number one destination for your tennis (regular, platform, and table), racquetball, squash, badminton, and frescobol needs. Indeed, the slogan of this local channel is “All Racquet Sports No Limits”. We especially love the children’s bedroom at the Herald Square flagship store, with its huge selection of pint-sized items, clothing and accessories. Not only does the store offer same-day stringing, they also have an awesome demo program – for just $ 5 a day, you can try out a tennis racquet and see if it’s the right one for you.

Paragon sports
867 Broadway
New York, New York 10003
(212) 255-8036
www.paragonsports.com

New York institution, Paragon Sports has been dressing active New Yorkers for years (since 1908 in fact). Its multi-level space in Union Square is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, trying on backpacks, perusing hiking guides, lifting weights, and doing a little upside down dog. If you’re looking for a little individual attention, sign up for Paragon by Appointment, a free service offered in the snowboarding, trekking, skiing and camping departments. Fitness pros may qualify for a discount, especially if you’re willing to teach one of the store’s many classes and events.

Tent and trails
21 Place du Parc
New York, New York 10007
(212) 227-1977
www.tenttrails.com

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Here’s a crazy idea: you can wake up and have a fresh croissant and coffee in Manhattan, get in your car and be on the Appalachian Trail by mid-morning, and head back into town for a dinner or a Broadway show. The truth is, New York City is surrounded by incredible hikes, many of which are accessible by public transportation. Whether you’re looking for a few hours or a much longer excursion, the folks at Tent & Trails will help you put together all the supplies your getaway may need, from your toes to your stomach to your nose. Sign up for the Store Meet-Up to participate in on-going group tours and discussion forums.


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