Some people are born to run, and some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's Groupon to Brooklyn Boulders: for $39, you get a one-month Live the Ropes rock-climbing membership (a $100 value) at the fairly new climber’s paradise wedged two blocks north of the R stop at Union Street, between Boerum Hill and Park Slope.
Brooklyn Boulders is New York's largest rock-climbing gym, with 18,000 square feet of climbable surfaces, two massive bouldering areas with 15-, 30-, and 45-degree overhangs, ceilings more than 30 feet high, top roping terrain with more than 30 ropes from beginner to expert, and lead climbing for intermediate and expert climbers. Brooklyn Boulders’ founders worked with some of the city’s best climbers and Spaeth Design’s graphic designers, engineers, and painters to make every detail of their climbing space sing. The Live the Ropes membership begins with their Learn the Ropes class, which teaches tyros belaying and the basic techniques involved in dominating the rock right in its rock face.
Gear rental and day passes are included with the class, so there's no need to buy a panoply of rock-combating armaments before you know how serious your addiction to battling the bouldering will get. When the one-month membership starts, Brooklyn Boulders offers a gear kit ($35) for monthly rental. Intermediate and expert climbers can dive right in, doing the fly-walk up whatever happens to be nearest, including the 30-foot replica of one of the Brooklyn Bridge towers. It's the closest a climber can come to conquering the landmark without breaking the law and risking execution by tickling.
Brooklyn Boulders has been featured on ABC 7 News, in New York Magazine, Time Out New York, the New York Daily News, Thrillist, the Brooklyn Paper, and Brownstoner. The gym has more than 2,200 Facebook fans:
- It’s illegal to climb the Brooklyn Bridge. We say eff the law and do it anyway at Brooklyn Boulders, which houses a 30-foot replica of one of the bridge’s towers. The 18,000-square-foot climbing gym is the biggest in the city and offers all three types of ascension—bouldering, top roping and lead climbing. – Time Out New York
- …the 18,000-square-foot space, located on the charmless industrial fringe of Boerum Hill, has been transformed into an urban climber’s wonderland—the largest rock-climbing gym in the city, with putty-colored steel-reinforced walls studded with neon “holds” jutting out in all directions. – Sarah Bernard, New York
- Devotees claim that rock-climbing is not only good exercise, but fun for families because a good center offers climbs of varying degrees of difficulty. – Thomas Tracy, Brooklyn Paper
Guests and members of all ages and skill levels experience and explore 22,000 square feet of climbing, fitness, yoga, weight training, events, art work, co-working, and creative inspiration. A dedicated route-setting staff organizes color-coded problems on craggy, angled top-rope walls as well as bouldering walls that reach up to 15 feet. To help visitors master these walls, seasoned instructors train them in three basic types of climbing: bouldering, top-rope climbing, or lead climbing. To ease stressed muscles and promote calm reflection, staffers also lead all-ages yoga lessons and monthly yoga workshops.
Brooklyn Boulders also injects creativity into its special events and spaces, which encourage co-working, socializing, and community. Staffers invite local graffiti artists to display their murals inside, work to preserve regional climbing areas by partnering with Access Fund, and coordinate programs through its BKB Foundation—a nonprofit that provides greater access to rock climbing for kids and adults.
575 Degraw St.
Brooklyn, New York 11217Get Directions