History of Curling

New York City curled before it rode the subway

Brooklyn Curling Center

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Curling, like pizza and Alexander Hamilton, is not from New York, but found a home here. The game came by way of Scottish immigrants, who brought their winter sport with them to America.

The first record of a curling club in New York City dates to 1857 with the founding of the New York Caledonian Curling Club, according to The History of Curling, and Fifty Years of The of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, published in 1890. The following year, the St. Andrew's Club emerged as a local friendly rival. 

Both clubs still exist and play out of Ardsley Curling Club in Westchester County. In the 19th Century, however, they curled in Central Park: 

The New York Corporation has set a noble example to public bodies by the liberality shown to the curling clubs in giving them ice to play upon in the Central Park, and fitting up for them a moveable house, with eight club-rooms, shelved to hold stones, brooms &c.

At the turn of the 20th Century, clubs curled in Van Cortland Park in The Bronx and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

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The Caledonian and Thistle clubs playing the Scottish national game of curling upon the frozen pond in New York City's Central Park in 1860.



After a long hiatus, curling returned to New York City when Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club threw its first stones in 2014. The club currently rents ice time on the ice rink from the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. New York's new crop of curlers - diverse, welcoming, and connected - reflect over a century and a half of change. 

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