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232nd Street Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Astor Place Traffic Island 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Central Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 61 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 61
Fort Tryon Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Morningside Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Slab Town 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Times Square 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 40 ft
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Although limited there is some good bouldering to be found in and around the numerous parks in NYC. Just being outdoors in one of the numerous parks in the city feels good, but being outdoors with climbing shoes and chalk bag feels way better.

The new in 2017 New York City Bouldering guidebook is a great resource, and is available online.

Getting There

From almost any airport in the world, fly to JFK, Newark or LaGuardia, and follow all the people into Manhattan.

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Classic Climbing Routes at New York City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
Cat Arete
Boulder
V0-1 4+
The flake
Boulder
V1 5
Squash the Slug
Boulder
V1 5
Funky Overhanging Traverse
Boulder
V2 5+
Tweaky Shit
Boulder
V2 5+
The Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the Noise
Boulder
V2 5+
The Fridge
Boulder
V2 5+
Death By Dizzy
Boulder
V2 5+
Mother's Milk
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
Mean Green
Boulder
V5 6C
The Polish Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
A.D.D.
Boulder
V6 7A
A.D.H.D
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The Wall
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cat Arete Central Park > Cat Rock V0+ 4+ Boulder
The flake Central Park > Rat Rock V0-1 4+ Boulder
Squash the Slug Central Park > Worthless Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Funky Overhanging Traverse Fort Tryon Park V1 5 Boulder
Tweaky Shit Central Park > Rat Rock V2 5+ Boulder
The Arete Central Park > Worthless Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Voodoo Bullshit/Bring the N… Central Park > Worthless Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
The Fridge Central Park > Westside Outcrops V2 5+ Boulder
Death By Dizzy Central Park > Rat Rock V2 5+ Boulder
Mother's Milk Central Park > Rat Rock V2 5+ Boulder
Mean Green Central Park > Worthless Boulder V4+ 6B+ Boulder
The Polish Traverse Central Park > Rat Rock V5 6C Boulder
A.D.D. Central Park > Worthless Boulder V6 7A Boulder
A.D.H.D Central Park > Worthless Boulder V6 7A Boulder
The Wall Times Square 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
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Nicolas Falacci
Pasadena, CA
Nicolas Falacci   Pasadena, CA
Originally the City Climbers Club had a formal arrangement with the Parks and Recreation department. As long as ropes and gear was not used, climbers were free to boulder in the parks of Manhattan. (With the exception of Vista Rock at the Belvedere Castle.)

However, I have heard in recent years that the Parks staffers in Ft Tryon aren't keen on it. Probably because the Cloisters is up there ... I dunno. Unfortunately, I don't think the club exists anymore and the people we used to deal with in the Parks dept are probably different.

I do know that the folks who oversee Inwood Park are VERY sensitive to climbers going in there due to the Native American sites.

Leah's new guide does an awesome job laying out a lot of sites in northern Manhattan that have bee developed. A lot of those places will be free from hassle.

If you're interested in the old original guide ... I'm slowly updating it (it will just cover the original areas it covered in 1988 - Central Park, Riverside, Ft Tryon, Inwood Park)

A Climber's Guide to Popular Manhattan Boulder Problems Oct 8, 2015
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G R  
I climb in Fort Tryon relatively often, though mostly at the traverse wall and the Life is Beautiful boulder, both of which are pretty well established - I've never yet had an issue about it. I do want to explore some of the rock that has yet to be developed for climbing in the area, but I don't know much about the rules regarding that. Apr 21, 2015
Edubs  
Does anyone know the current legality of bouldering around NYC? Last time I was at Fort Tryon there were a lot of not very friendly "no climbing" signs. Apr 16, 2015
NYC BOULDERING by Gareth Leah is now at the printer and due at the end of September. Look for it at local outdoor shops or online at sharpendbooks.com. The book is available for pre-purchase and comes with a free iOS eBook. Sep 2, 2013

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