Climbing in NYC


New York City offers a wide variety of places to climb both indoors and outdoors. The club offers discounted memberships to Steep Rock Bouldering, Central Rock Gym, and MPHC. Each has its own unique feel and range of offerings. There is also quite a bit of outdoor climbing to be found in and around the city. You can read more about bouldering locations here or show up at one of the many bouldering trips we organize every semester.

Local Climbing Gym Guide

Steep Rock Bouldering Gym

Broadway and 129th — Manhattanville Campus

This gym has a very chill vibe and is located in the new Columbia campus. With modern wooden walls and cool aesthetic, they are exclusively a bouldering gym. They host some really unique events - recently a black light bouldering competition. A 10 minute walk from campus.

Standard Price: $115 / month

Club Discount: $75 / month

The Cliffs at LIC

11-11 44th Dr. Queens, NY 11101

The Cliffs was just rated one of the top 10 gyms in the country on Gear Patrol, so naturally, while having arguably the most to offer, they are somewhat pricier. They have the biggest walls around with countless top rope and sport climbing routes and more than enough bouldering walls to keep even the most insatiable climbers busy. They also have a slackline for when you need a moment away from the bouldering problem that keeps shutting you down.

Standard Price: $125 / month

Getting There: Take the E, M, 7 or G subway lines to Court Square.

Central Rock Gym

21 West End Ave (and 60th St)

The Central Rock brand comes to New York City inside a swanky building only minutes from Columbus Circle. The gym features the largest bouldering space in Manhattan, with brand-new holds and communal chalk. With such a vast space, CRG sets all sorts of problems on a great variety of wall types. They also offer 8 rope stations, a rarity in the city. CURC members have the privilege of $50 off!

Standard Price: $135 / month

Club Discount: $85 / month

Getting There: Take the 1 to Columbus Circle and walk to West End Ave

Manhattan Plaza Health Club

43rd between 9th and 10th, Manhattan

Until a few years ago this was the only gym in Manhattan. It has a long history but with its recently remodeled walls you can barely tell. With a cozy feel, its a great place to meet other climbers and break into the NYC climbing community. MPHC offers Top Roping as well as Bouldering.

Standard Price: $195/3 months

Club Discount: $375 from Oct. 1st to May 11th

Brooklyn Boulders

575 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This gym is a bit of a trek from campus but is definitely worth visiting if you have a day to burn. The gym offers top roping, sport climbs, and bouldering with a wide variety of wall shapes and sizes (including a stalactite). There is plenty of training equipment as well as a slack line for those looking to round out their climbing fitness.

Getting There: A good walk from the Atlantic Pacific stop on the 2, 3, 4, N, Q, R, B or D lines or take the R from Atlantic downtown to Bay Ridge to the Union St stop and go west on Union towards 3rd Ave. Turn right on 3rd ave and BKB is on the corner of Degraw and 3rd.

Outdoor Climbing

Check out Mountain Project for information on climbing outside in New York City.