Tour of Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers is a series of piers in Chelsea, on New York City’s West Side. Located to the west of the West Side Highway (Eleventh Avenue) and Hudson River Park and to the east of the Hudson River, they were originally a passenger ship terminal in the early 1900s that was used by the RMS Lusitania and was the destination of the RMS Carpathia after rescuing the survivors of the RMS Titanic. Click to book your Meatpacking District/Chelsea Market/The Highline walking tour.
The piers are currently used by the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex. Situated along Manhattan’s famous Hudson River, Chelsea Piers Sport, and Entertainment Complex is one of the city’s most popular public recreation destinations. The complex is spread over 30 acres and incorporates four previously neglected historic warehouses that were transformed by a privately financed venture for a whopping $ 120 million.
Piers 59, 60, 61, and 62 make up Chelsea Piers and they are located between 17th and 23rd Street. The sports village is a must-see for any visitors to New York and remains a yearlong attraction to tourists and locals alike.
Chelsea Piers Fitness
Touted by Men’s Health magazine as “the best cure for the boring workout,” Chelsea Piers Fitness is the premier sports and fitness center in the greater New York Metropolitan area. Featuring unsurpassed cross-training opportunities, the 150,000 square foot Chelsea Piers Fitness includes a quarter-mile indoor track, a five-and-a-half story rock climbing wall, a twenty-five-yard six-lane pool with panoramic views of the Hudson River, as well as an indoor sand volleyball court, regulation boxing ring and three hardwood basketball courts.
In addition to a 6,000-square-foot cardio deck and a 14,000-square-foot strength deck, there is also a 2,000-square-foot turf training field to complement the more than 150 boutique studio-quality classes a week including Evolve yoga, Pilates, and barre, Breakaway indoor cycling, SurfSET Fitness, TRX, sculpting, rowing, kettlebells and more. Chelsea Piers Fitness offers wellness seminars, sport-specific training programs, and clubs, multi-sport fitness programs, and cafes. Chelsea Piers Fitness also operates a facility in downtown Brooklyn.
The Golf Club on Chelsea Piers is available all year round for golfers to practice their game, even during the off-season. Situated at Pier 59, the club offers a golf league and an academy. One of the best features of the Golf Club is the concept of golf simulators – allowing players access to full-swing simulator technology and the opportunity to experience 51 championship golf courses. The Golf Club also offers junior golf facilities for the younger sect. Kids’ parties can be organized in the club 7 days a week.
The Sky Rink
Chelsea Piers’ famous rink, the Sky Rink, offers visitors a total free skating and ice-sports experience – all under one roof. The facility boasts two rinks, incredible architecture, and amazing views of the sky and the river. General skating and rentals are available every afternoon. Looking to take your hockey training to the next level? The Top Shelf Training Center is a state-of-the-art area for both adult and youth players. It features the latest equipment along with proven training procedures. In addition, the Sky Rink offers, adult and youth hockey programs, figure skating, and a popular ice skating school with international training staff and state-of-the-art facilities. Guests can book birthday parties at the Sky Rink and even enjoy exclusive arena rental options.
Field House is another sports facility complex that offers adult and youth programs in a wide variety of disciplines, including gymnastics, soccer, rock climbing, dance, soccer, baseball, and basketball. This area features a variety of youth classes, school breaks, and summer camps for ages 3 to 16 as well as a Toddler Gym. Field House also boasts a great toddler adventure center in a free and open environment where little ones can play and explore in a safe location. There are several drop-in programs that allow visitors to explore Field House’s facilities without the need to join a team or class. Visitors can rent batting cages, basketball courts, or even soccer fields. The complex can also be contacted regarding fun summer camp programs for kids. The
Located on Pier 61, the Lighthouse is one of New York City’s most popular events facilities. The area can house between 100 and 800 guests and is sure to be a hit, with its stunning views of the Hudson that can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The atmosphere of the Lighthouse is unique and classic, offering the perfect location for weddings, banquets or other special events.
This events center can accommodate up to 2000 people and is considered the largest facility with water views in the city. Pier Sixty is all about elegance and luxury and offers guests pampering facilities such as valet parking and award-winning cuisine.
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers
For visitors who love to bowl, nothing beats a bowling experience like Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, situated between Piers 59 and 60 on Chelsea Piers. This facility offers no less than forty top-quality bowling lanes, huge plasma screens that reflect automatic scoring, and other great features. In addition, Bowlmor Chelsea Piers offers a wide variety of food and beverage services, shoe rental, and enhanced light and sound features. For visitors who want a break from bowling, the venue also offers huge video screens to watch popular sports events.
With such a great location on the river banks, it is no surprise that one of the highlights of a visit to Chelsea Piers includes the Maritime Center. Here, visitors can take the ultimate dining cruise with Bateaux New York to enjoy the New York skyline aboard a luxury vessel. There are also yacht charter services for those who have something more personal in mind. For the more adventurous, Chelsea Piers’ Maritime Center offers visitors the option of learning to sail at this bustling marina location.
Chelsea Piers studios have been the home of some of the best movies and television productions in the industry, including the popular “Law and Order”. Spread over 200,000 square feet of space, the studios can be sublet.
History of Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers opened in 1910 and served as a docking location for luxury liners that came to America’s shores. Legendary ships visited Chelsea Piers, including the Mauretania and the Lusitania. It was a glorious location in its days and made a lasting impression on many who took their first steps on the country’s soil. However, as luxury liners became obsolete, the area became derelict and run down.
In the 1980s, Chelsea Piers was earmarked for demolition, and plans were made for a highway to be built in its place. Fortunately, these plans fell through and in the early 1990s, Chelsea Piers Management was awarded the rights to operate a sports and entertainment facility on the site. Construction began in 1995 and today the complex houses some of the best facilities of its kind in the city.
Visiting Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers is the ultimate venue in New York for anybody wishing to enjoy action, sport, entertainment, and fun. There is something available for anybody and everybody – making it a truly unique and must-see destination when visiting the Big Apple.
Location: 23rd Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY
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