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THE SPORTING LIFE
For a trip back to that summer when you were nine and loved to climb everything in sight, try:
CITY CLIMBERS CLUB
From rock starved West Coast climbing nuts to exercise enthusiasts on first dates looking to impress their buffed partners, they’re all here. What the building and location lack in aesthetics it makes up for in atmosphere and value. The least expensive of all the viable gyms in New York, the CCC offers a day pass, shoes and harness for $15.
533 W. 59th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 212-974-2250
To re-enter the world of intramural college sports, head to:
They have just about every kind of league under the sun, and a variety of skill levels too. Generally, it’s easier to enter as part of a fully formed team, but they’re always looking for individuals to fill out rosters. On offer this season are roller hockey, soccer, basketball, figure skating, gymnastics, boxing, volleyball along with batting cages, something called “extreme bowling” and rock climbing.
23rd St, at the Hudon River, 212-336-6666
Visit chelseapiers.com for full info on gym memberships and league registrations.
For some hot rock cleavage, try:
MANHATTAN PLAZA HEALTH CLUB
With 5000 square feet of climbing space, including bouldering and lead climbing, even the most advanced climber can sink his teeth into some sweet crack. Ranging from the intermediate to the advanced, this gym is not for the timid climber.
482 W. 43rd St, 212-563-7001. $18 a day.
To take out your dangerously sublimated aggressive tendencies in a warlike but harmless fashion, get thee to:
Go with a team or by yourself (some weekends feature ladies nights!) and shoot the crap out of a fellow New Yorker. Because they have a picture of Che Guevara on the website.
47-11 Vandam St, Long Island City.
718-361-8337, nypaintball.com. $39 gets you three hours of play Friday-Sunday. $35 gets you six hours Tuesday-Friday.
For jugs that won’t crimp your style, try:
NORTH MEADOW RECREATION CENTER
A great place for beginners, this gym offers a nice bouldering wall that rarely changes. Slopers, crimps, and jugs galore keep this laid back wall fresh for a long time. Perfect if you know what crimps and jugs. Mid-Central Park at 97th Street, 212-348-4867.