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Trapeze School New York Hopes to Fly on the LES

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Flying classes at the trapeze school. (Photo Courtesy of Trapeze School New York)

Just last week Hamilton Fish Park’s outdoor pool opened its summer season, but when September rolls around and the pools close, there could be something new taking flight at Ham Fish.

The Trapeze School New York hopes for an expansion on the LES.  The company’s winter contract at the Pitt Street recreation center will be up for discussion at Community Board 3’s parks committee’s meeting a week from Thursday.  According to news reports following the city’s decision to seek bids last year, the trapeze school would operate over the empty swimming pool beginning as early as this September and extending through the spring.

In February, via its Facebook page, the trapeze school announced it had been awarded the contract but added, there were “a whole lot of construction issues” to overcome. The school is accustomed to dealing with complications; securing permits in New York City is neigh impossible due to space and height requirements.

Trapeze School New York was founded in 2001 and already operates two locations in the city – at Pier 40 and the South Street Seaport. They also have schools in Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago.

CB3’s parks committee meets Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at 59 East 4th Street.

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  1. Wow! I once did the flying trapeze at a Club Med, Playa Blanca (Mexico). It was one of the scariest things I ever did – flying off that tiny plaform from way up there. It was also one of the most fun.
    Afterwards, I flew back home to Santa Monica – just in time for the ’94 Northridge earthquake, which scared the bejesus out of everyone else. Having lived through the trapeze, however, I was pretty calm about the quake. What was the big deal? Still have a photo of me on the trapeze, one of my prize possessions.
    A trapeze school here would be a great community asset. .

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