The Cliffs Adds Large Bouldering Gym in Harlem

The Cliffs at Harlem bouldering walls
The Cliffs at Harlem will offer a number of classes, including “Intro to Bouldering” clinics that were free to customers during the gym’s first month. (All photos courtesy of The Cliffs)

The Cliffs at Harlem
New York City, NY

Specs: 15,000-square-foot facility opened in February and is reportedly the largest bouldering-focused gym in New York City, according to a press release from The Cliffs. In addition to the boulders, the new climbing gym features campus boards, a Tension Board, a MoonBoard, as well as lockers, showers, cardio equipment and a gear shop. Yoga classes and climbing clinics will also be offered, although the press release noted that some classes and programming might initially be restricted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The Cliffs at Harlem is located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, across the street from the famous and historic Apollo Theater. All Harlem residents can visit the gym with a one-time-usage free climbing pass during off-peak hours. The gym is also offering 50 discounted scholarships available to local residents.

There are currently four other The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness locations, including three in New York state and one in Philadelphia. The Cliffs’ planned Gowanus gym in Brooklyn is also forthcoming.

Inside The Cliffs at Harlem
In addition to the opening of the new facility, The Cliffs at Harlem plans to expand its youth outreach program—established with its previous gyms—into Harlem. Part of this will be through “community scholarships” that include discounted memberships, gear and classes.

Walls: Walltopia
to be serviced by Strati Climbing
Design: Brian Ripel, principal architect of Combined Architecture
CRM Software: Rock Gym Pro
Instagram: @thecliffsharlem

In Their Words: “We are committed to providing the best possible climbing experience in an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are excited to bring this amenity to Harlem and be an active part of the community. I’ve been climbing indoors and outdoors for a long time, and it is my passion to introduce this sport to new people.”
—Mike Wolfert, Founder of The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness