Party Earth Review A playground for grownups, families, and tourists alike, Chelsea Piers and its restaurants, bars, and 28-acre sports facility truly offers something for everyone. Athletic types will find plenty to do by day at the gymnastics... ... read full review
West 23rd Street and the Hudson River
New York, NY 10011
C, E: 23rd Street-8th Avenue; A, C, E, L: 14th Street-8th Avenue; 1: 18th Street-7th Avenue
Hours vary by activity and season
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
A playground for grownups, families, and tourists alike, Chelsea Piers and its restaurants, bars, and 28-acre sports facility truly offers something for everyone.
Athletic types will find plenty to do by day at the gymnastics stadium, rock climbing walls, and several indoor basketball courts and sports fields, while savvy businessmen prefer to while away the hours at the four-level, 52-stall driving range before adjourning to the famed Chelsea Brewing Company for a burger and beer.
Ice enthusiasts can take figure skating lessons at Sky Rink or enjoy year-round skating on two full-size “floating” rinks overlooking the Hudson River, while more adventurous types can join the other 1,500 players – including some well-known politicians and celebs – in the prominent amateur adult ice hockey league.
Once evening falls, local college students and young professionals ready for a lively night of cocktails and conversation descend on the area’s many bars and restaurants, including 300, a state-of-the-art 40-lane bowling alley featuring floor-to-ceiling screens, upbeat music, light and video shows, and a chic bar.
With several special events spaces and a plethora of boating opportunities like dinner cruises, sailing classes, and a private marina, Chelsea Piers is a diverse sports and entertainment complex where guests can experience everything from high-energy competitions to romantic waterfront dinners.
Sports lovers, college students, young professionals, corporate types, tourists, and families, all ages.
Sports include golf, gymnastics, soccer, hockey, ice skating, and rock climbing. State-of-the-art facilities include a four-tier driving range with heated stalls, full-swing golf simulators, Olympic gymnastics equipment and gymnasium, batting cages, basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, skating rinks, a 40-lane bowling alley, an arcade, and a 30-foot rock climbing wall.
Classes in golf, gymnastics, and rock climbing. Competitive leagues for ice hockey, soccer, and basketball.
The Sports Center offers a private gym and full spa, with day passes available for non-members. Sports equipment and apparel stores. Several private event spaces.
Restaurants in and around Chelsea Piers include Ruthy’s Bakery and Café at Pier 62, Jason’s Riverside Grill at Pier 60, Famous Famiglia Pizza at the Sky Rink, and Chelsea Brewing Company at Pier 59. Vending machines located throughout.
Prices vary by activity. Golf ball cards start at $25 for 90 balls/peak and 147 balls/off-peak, golf simulator $45/hour. Ice skating $13/adult, skate rental $7.50. Bowling $8–$11/person, shoe rental $6. Rock climbing $22/person, basketball/soccer $10/person/hour, batting cages $2.50/10 pitches.
Anything goes. Sports attire where appropriate.
Any time for sports, though weekday afternoons are less crowded. Weekend evenings for the restaurants and bars.
On warm summer days, The Frying Pan (Pier 66), a salvaged boat-cum-drinking scene, is a great sunset spot with a lively bar and grill and dancing later on.