05/12/16 11:25am
Review: Does the workout match the view at Dumbo's new outdoor climbing gym?

In the words of Miley Cyrus, ‘It’s the climb.’ via Instagram user @waji_h

Living in NYC as a person who loves the outdoors can sometimes be challenging, which is why I’m always on the lookout for activities that give this concrete jungle some semblance of the actual “jungle” part. I was insanely excited when I heard that the city’s first outdoor rock climbing facility was opening in Dumbo. A lot of people use the city’s indoor rock climbing gyms as a way to get their faux nature fix, and the arrival of The Cliffs’ new DUMBO Boulders facility may have brought our fair city one step closer to that illusion by letting us climb fake rocks outside. Progress!

Now, the only question remains: is this rock climbing spot actually worth your time? Bouldering gyms can be restrictive in their costs, questionable in their cleanliness, and crowded to the point of turning what was supposed to a quick workout into a half-day excursion. So, do the new bouldering walls Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (Dumbo, duh) rise to the occasion? We got a chance to check them out this past weekend, and here’s what we think. (more…)

12/30/15 1:23pm
Day 1. via flickr user Jon Clegg

Day 1. via flickr user Jon Clegg

We’ll bet you’ve already polished off your runners to get ready for 2016—new year, new you, and all that. There’s always an upswing in gym memberships come January 1, and it’s our duty here at Brokelyn HQ to make sure that you’re not shelling out too much for the use of treadmills and locker rooms.

With all the competitive pricing happening in gyms lately, there aren’t many New Years specials. And while you’re never going to get a straight answer about what all those extra “annual fees” and “activation fees” actually mean, the least we could do is round up all the cheapest no-commitment memberships, franchise and independent alike, so you can share, compare, and settle on one that’s right for you.  (more…)