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Published June 17th 2012
Are you looking for a fun venue that will challenge your group of friends to develop aerial skills amidst a scenic NYC location? Bring your party to Trapeze School New York (TSNY) at its new location in Chelsea Piers along the West Side Highway.

Hang on and fly at TSNY, located at 231 West 29th Street.

Perched atop Pier 40 in Manhattan, TSNY offers patrons ages 6 years old (staff-recommended minimum age) and above, some gravity-defying activities under the supervision of skilled trapeze artists.

Read and sign waivers, don on safety belts, listen to some directions and replicate a number of trapeze moves.

Watch staffers and experienced artists demonstrate some moves.

Every member of your party will take turns climbing the ladder and practicing the moves they performed on the ground—this time, from up above.

Make your way up the ladder.

Wait as a staffer straps your belt onto the safety harness. Grab the fly bar with both arms. Listen to the trainer who controls the lines from the ground call out instructions as to when you should leave the board to start your swing.

Take a deep breath, and get ready to soar and fly.

Soar, even upside down.

Getting ready to swing to the catcher.

Watch your friends fly from your vantage point under shaded areas on either side of the trapeze and gigantic safety net. Throughout the party, guests are free to snack and enjoy beverages that the party host provides and places on picnic tables.

During the two-hour party, everyone gets to fly about five times or so, depending on the number of guests. After another set of instructions, the last two turns are when everyone flies towards a catcher, who's swinging upside down from the catcher bar at a distance.

Learning to fly from one bar to another.

Other activities, such as bouncing on the trampoline are available at additional costs.

A TSNY staffer instructs guests on trampoline basics.

Forget fear. Worry about the addiction - a slogan to live by.

After soaring on the trapeze a few times, you'll see why flying is an addicting art. You and your guests may find yourselves booking more parties, or returning to TSNY to advance as trapeze artists—armed with an arsenal of aerial tricks.
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Why? Enjoy the great venue. Fulfill the urge to fly like a circus trapeze artist.
When: Check website or call venue for availability.
Phone: 212-242-8769
Where: 239 West 29th Street (West and Houston streets atop Pier 40)
Cost: Party package inclusions & fees vary.
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