Brooklyn Boulders, the massive new climbing gym located in the old Ames paper factory building on Tyler Street, opened its doors to the public last Thursday for the commencement of its four-day grand-opening celebration. The evening included music, speeches by Mayor Curtatone and BKB’s founders, aerial performances by Aircraft Aerial Arts and, of course, plenty of climbing. Hundreds of people turned out – some climbed, but most just came to mingle and to check out Somerville’s newest, hugest and most promising space.
Brooklyn Boulders is like no other place in the city. Far more than just a climbing gym, the 40,000 square foot space also features a retail space, yoga and cardio rooms and a glass-encased chill-out room with sofas and a hanging wicker chair, along with an array of multipurpose rooms hidden away in corners and behind climbing walls. One can wander through it for 20 minutes and still find undiscovered nooks and crannies. Wall space not occupied by climbing and bouldering walls is adorned with dramatic murals provided by BKB’s neighbors at the Artisan’s Asylum.
After months of hot anticipation, Brooklyn Boulders is now open for business, with everything from day passes up to annual memberships available for purchase. Even so, it is still a work in progress – some of its spaces are still unfinished, and could house anything from co-working studios to pop-up retail spaces to cafes. Regardless, it’s clear enough that Brooklyn Boulders is a game changer, and we at the Scout are excited to see the impact that it will make on the community as it continues to develop.
Here are some photos from opening night: