And there she is: on the heels of Chopt’s opening at 51 Astor this week, signage has gone up indicating that next month, Flywheel will move into the sleek new office building next month. New York City! Sinning is out and spinning is in.
This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.
It was a morning for nostalgia when Charles Hart won the bid to demolish Grand Army Hall on February 7, 1898. The building was a Brooklyn icon in sorry disrepair. Its roof leaked, its wooden floors had rotted, and the entire northern wall leaned over Metropolitan Avenue, threatening to collapse onto pedestrians below. Just 35 years ago the building had been constructed as an Armory during the Civil War, and now its very existence was a “menace to life and limb.”
Just about the only thing this long winter was good for was helping us catch up on our favorite TV shows while developing a healthy donut addiction. But now that spring is in the air, the day will soon come where we can put away the Canada Goose and get off the couch. Rather than joining the legions at the chain gyms that are spreading across the city like the plague, here are six fun, physical ways to enjoy the city, get back in shape, and celebrate our newfound freedom from winter’s icy claws.
The boxing gym that replaced the Yippies isn’t the only sporty newcomer to Noho. Last month, Debora Warner of Mile High Run Club told us her treadmill studio would “evoke the outdoorsy feeling of a Colorado Mountain running club.”
We won’t pretend to understand CrossFit, but you may want to know about this if you’re a Bushwicker who knows what a “burpee” is (apparently it’s not what you do after pounding a Tecate and slamming back a shot too fast). If, for whatever reason, you’ve been dying to hump a medicine ball and issue primal grunts in the company of fellow aspiring Hulks, you can now do so at Bushwick CrossFit.
“I’ve seen it all,” says Sally Sutton. “Every type of venue, from topless, to nude, to burlesque, to bikini, pole, every level of every club in six different states.” Over the course of two decades, her career took her “from a girl to a woman,” and now she wants to do the same for her clients at the Brooklyn Pole Dance Studio.
Williamsburg-Greenpoint is getting a 17,000-square-foot training facility where locals can work off the beers they downed next-door at Spritzenhaus. While their kids are looked after.
Brooklyn Athletic Club is slated to open in July in the heart of Berry Hill, at 8 Berry Street. The four-floor complex will feature a full gym, yoga and pilates classes, and triathlon and strong man training rooms.
Yet another Williamsburg business has moved to Greenpoint in search of lower rent, and at their “Re-Grand Opening” Sunday, you can score a free massage, a free kinesiology session, a free smoothie and some info about shamanic healing. Hey, it beats sitting around doing laundry.