Friday, 16 January 2009


Where's Britney Spears going? She's going in to use the new film and television production facilities, which is part of Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex at Piers 59 - 63, beside the Hudson River.

Historically, the term Chelsea Piers referred to the luxury liner berths on Manhattan's west side from 1910 to the 1930's. With luxury liners such as the Titanic becoming bigger and bigger, New York City was looking for a new luxury liner dock in the early 1900's. To enable to be able to take advantage of the infrastructure that was already in place in this area including the High Line Rail line and a train station near the river at 23rd Street, NYC solved the problem in an unusual way - it actually took away a block of land that was once part of Manhattan.
The land was the 1837 landfill that extended Manhattan to 13th Avenue and in the process condemned many businesses. The only section of 13th Avenue that remains is now a parking lot for sanitation trucks and is called Gansevoort Peninsula.
Running track and boxing facility

Cardio (aka hard, sweaty work) facility

Golf driving range into the blue yonder

Gymnastics and general fitness area

Ice hockey and general skating rink

In addition to the sports and activities shown above there are a health club, a day spa, two basketball courts, playing fields for indoor lacrosse and soccer, batting cages, a rock climbing wall and dance studios. Also an AMF Bowling center, a golf club with multi-storey driving range and Chelsea Piers Kids daycare and preschool facility. The complex also includes a marina for mooring private boats.
And if you have any energy and money left, then you can celebrate your wedding here!

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