Saturday, January 20, 2007

Coney's Muscle Beach For Lightweights

Sitting useless in the cold howling winds of the Coney beach rests the Parcourse Fitcenter installed somewhat recently by GameTime. Though it's nice to see something fairly new at the beach, it seems anything that really gets done here is sports related. From Keyspan park to the coming new 40,000-square-foot fitness complex operated by the YMCA, including an aquatic center, a gymnasium, a six-lane indoor pool, as well as meeting rooms and office space. The complex which will, of course, be part of the residential 'component' is slated to be completed by the summer of 2009.

However, it is fair to say that physical activity has always been a part of Coney. Charles Atlas even had his inspiration at Coney, which glamorized fitness by mythologizing an experience he'd had as a teenager on a Coney Island beach - when a bully had kicked sand in his face.

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