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Gyms Become Oases for New Yorkers Without Power

The Equinox gym at 63rd Street in Manhattan
The Equinox gym at 63rd Street in ManhattanPhotograph courtesy Equinox

1 p.m.,  Oct. 31, 2012 — With most of lower Manhattan still out of power, New Yorkers are seeking refuge wherever they can find power and running water, including their gyms. Upscale fitness centers, with such amenities as cafes and steam rooms, make for especially comfortable escapes from the darkness.

Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday night, Manhattan resident Kimberly McGinnis, whose apartment has no power, went to a spin class at the 44th Street Equinox gym with a friend from work whose home lacks running water. The line for the ladies’ locker room was about 15 deep when she arrived.