When Brooklyn Boulders co-founder Lance Pinn began scouting locations in 2012 for a massive indoor climbing gym in Long Island City, it was unrelated, he says, to plans his biggest competitor, the Cliffs, had to do the same.
Emile Hallez for the Village Voice Climbers will soon have to choose their favorite Long Island City wall.
On Thursday, Pinn announced that his facility, which he says is New York's largest, will open by the end of the summer. It sits at the ground level of the Q41 building, a once-stalled residential tower that in 2011 was revived as a mixed-use affordable-housing complex after being bailed out with millions in subsidies as part of the city's Housing Asset Renewal Program.
The development comes more than a year after the Cliffs opened its neighboring mega-gym, which has an estimated 30,000 square feet of terrain on its walls. Depending on how one measures, the Cliffs could also be considered the largest in the city.More »