Written by Chris Boyle, SyossetJericho@antonnews.com Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00
Long Islanders: Get ready to start literally bouncing off the walls.
Locals are in for their first taste of the fun and excitement that only an indoor trampoline park can deliver, as Bounce! Trampoline Sports of Syosset, the first-ever indoor trampoline park on Long Island or its surrounding areas, opens its doors for the business of bouncing for the very first time.
Housed in a massive 40,000 square foot warehouse located at 310 Michael Drive, the sheer size and scope of Bounce! can be daunting upon first entering; the facility boasts multiple areas encompassing a variety of different trampoline-backed activities, including basketball slam dunking, dodgeball, a foam pit, a bungee trampoline, and a humongous free jumping room. Most of the enclosed arenas even feature trampolines that run up along the walls, enabling kids (and adults as well) to literally bounce off of the walls if they so wish.
Born and raised in Jamaica Estates, Queens, and currently residing in Manhattan, Bounce! owner Danny Fried is the former proprietor of the world-famous rock-and-roll nightclub The China Club in New York City.
“I was in the clothing business before that, but I got tired of it and wanted to try something new with an old friend of mine from my Army Reserve days,” he said. “He and I opened this little club in the basement that became an international sensation. We ruled the rock-and-roll world in New York City for over 15 years.”
The China Club gained so much fame during its heyday that Fried said the hottest musicians and celebrities would regularly show up to play for free; well-known rockers who have held surprise jam sessions at the club include Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and countless more.
“I’m actually writing a book now about the glory days of The China Club,” he said. “We created a lot of magic there.”
Fried sold the business about three years ago, citing the difficulties of operating a nightclub during the nation’s current economic slump. However, he didn’t have a plan for his next venture until he stumbled across something unique and exciting while on a trip to California shortly after the sale.
“I saw the first indoor trampoline parks that were out there, and I just loved the concept,” he said. “I just knew that I had to bring it back to New York, as there was nothing here like it...and that I could do it bigger, bolder, just take the concept and run with it.”
Fried opened his first Bounce! Trampoline Sports location in Rockland County two years ago and immediately enjoyed a huge amount of success, regularly drawing customers from as far as 60 miles away; eventually, thoughts of expansion entered his mind, and he determined that the best market place to do in would be Long Island.
A year’s worth of construction later, Bounce! Trampoline Sports of Syosset is finally set to hold their Grand Opening on the weekend of September 7-8; both of those days Fried will be hosting huge fundraisers. On Saturday, all proceeds raised will benefit the Nassau County Burn Center, where as the monies raised on Sunday will go towards the Nassau County Detectives Association.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports caters to all ages, with separate areas specifically for older kids/grown-ups and youngsters as young as toddlers. Fried notes that he has an athletic, well-trained staff watching and assisting customers at all times, that the safety is their number one concern.
Other amenities include a snack bar and a wi-fi enabled lounge area with comfortable couches and access to flat-screen TVs broadcasting both cable programming and feeds from various closed-circuit camera peppered throughout the building.
However, Bounce! Trampoline Sports isn’t all fun and games; Fried said it’s also a fantastic way to get into shape, citing a NASA report calling rebound exercise the most efficient, effective form of exercise ever devised. The response to exercise classes held at his Rockland County location has prompted Fried to soon introduce them in Syosset as well.
“It’s a very high intensity workout, but very low-impact,” he said. “We will be having both adult and kids’ classes, and the kids’ classes are so important...obesity is a big problem because most of them sit in front of the computer or the TV all day. Our trampoline workouts are so much fun that kids don’t know it’s exercise.”
Encouraged by his early prosperity, Fried is already looking forward to the future; in addition to possible expansions into additional markets, Bounce! has already spawned it’s first franchisee in Poughkeepsie.
“We started it at a risky time, but I was completely confident that this would be successful,” he said. “Out timing is very good considering the nature of what we do...everyone is into exercise, and it’s just so much fun! Plus, we built a beautiful place...it’s always immaculate and clean, and when you walk in, you just smile because the atmosphere is fun. Kids love it, teens love it, and parents love it too.”
To find out all about Bounce! Trampoline Sports, visit their website at www.bounceonit.com.