Brooklyn is about to graced with a brand new climbing gym:
GP-81 Climbing and Fitness.
Close to final construction, GP-81 (short for 81 Quay St, Greenpoint) will be a bouldering-only gym that features almost 7,000 sq ft of climbing on a three (3) major sections of walls:
-The main feature is 32' wide x 15' tall and is probably the greatest 45° wall in the city. This wall is flanked by a 16' long 30° wall, and a 15' wide x 17.5' 60° overhanging wall.
-A 36' long 40° wall that houses 2 Moonboard set-ups and a densely packed splash board.
-A 23' long run of vertical climbing for more technical face problems. This wall links through an overhanging arete into the splash board.
All of the walls were designed and built by the owner themselves with assistance from Hudson Valley Fabrication. The setters will be constantly changing routes for variety and quality ranging in difficulty from V0 - V12.
Of significant note, ALL of the holds at GP-81 were shaped, molded, and poured on site by Dan Yagmin of Decoy Holds. Climbers will be subjected to an entire gym of all new never-before-seen shapes to challenge themselves and grow their library of moves.
The two (2) full-sized LED Moonboards are smartphone-operated. That's right, you can operate the problems with your own phone using the MoonBoard App, calling up pre-defined problems by setter, grade, hold type, or other criteria.
What we gonna do now is go back...
GP-81 is about bringing back the climber's gym. The climbing gym scene in NYC has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, with the openings of more than 5 world class facilities catering to a large demographic, including introducing thousands of new climbers to the sport. In a reaction to this increasingly crowded landscape of urban climbing, GP-81 is meant to be a place for climbers, who have already learned an amount of climbing etiquette, to get away from the busier gyms in the city where queuing up for a climb or problem can be the norm. Their use of the #antimega makes their intention clear: this is a climber's climbing gym. While GP-81 will not be exclusive, the gym is not planning to offer intro to climbing classes, a offering that is already well covered by the larger NYC gyms.
GP-81 will have a full fleet of rental shoes available.
A joint venture involving several of NYC's climbing cognoscenti, GP-81 is steadily marching towards opening before the 2017 Christmas holiday.
The gym is being constructed in a space formerly occupied by the Paramount Paper & Plastic Corp.
The fitness room features ample campus and finger board training provisions. There will be cardio equipment, yoga mats, free weights, exercise balls, and more in a well lit room with LED lighting and two (2) skylights.
Climbers will also be able to use DRY ICE Tools.
One of the gym owner's, Cliff Simanski, let it slip that there will also be a bar serving local brews attached to the facility, which is already zoned for outdoor seating! Located adjacent to the climbing and fitness areas, the small, industrial club space offers the perfect atmosphere for decompression and camaraderie after crushing some plastic problems.
GP-81 is located at 81 Quay St Greenpoint, NY 11222. The nearest subways are the G (Nassau St or Greenpoint Av.) and the L (Bedford Av.) There is a Citibike station 1 block away at the intersection of Banker and Meserole Streets, and 3 more within a 4 block radius.
Their website is www.GP-81.com and should be live soon. They plan to start pre-sales in the next week or two and folks can sign up online or come by the gym. Stay tuned for an open house event before the holidays!
Follow GP-81 for news and updates about there opening date via their Instagram Feed: @gp_eighty_one