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Shuffleboard nightclub is all the rage. If that doesn't appeal to you, try something more traditional with a new twist: piers as parks or a classpass to boutique gyms.

Best new nightlife activity: Shuffleboard

Two words you didn’t expect to work? Shuffleboard
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Two words you didn’t expect to work? Shuffleboard nightclub. But it does. Big time. Since opening earlier this year, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club has been drawing crowds on a nightly basis to try their hand at pushing pucks. The masterful cocktails, food trucks, bingo nights and laid-back vibe don’t hurt, either. $40/hour per lane; 514 Union St., Gowanus, 347- 223-4410, royalpalmsshuffle.com

Best park trend: Piers as playgrounds

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 opened this year,
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 opened this year, bringing with it courts for basketball, handball, bocce and shuffleboard (there it is again), as well as a roller rink. It’s just the latest pier-as-playground park to enhance the city's waterfront in recent years, following in the wake of Pier 51 and Pier 25 on the Hudson, and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s other multiple piers.

Best budget-friendly fitness membership: Classpass

Want to take advantage of the boutique fitness
Photo Credit: BFX Studio

Want to take advantage of the boutique fitness boom but can’t afford the fees? For $99 a month, you can take an unlimited number of classes at dozens of top studios as BFX Studio, CityRow, The Fhitting Room, Exhale and Flybarre (visits to the same studio limited to three times a month). That’s a lot of bang for your buck. classpass.com

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