‘Overthrow Boxing Club’ Transformed Williamsburg’s Trash Bar Into Newest Gym
Stick and move.
Two years after opening on Bleecker Street, the Overthrow Boxing Club is about to lift the curtain on its new expansion project. Another gym across the river in Williamburg. Its choice of venue was apt – the beloved pit formerly known as Trash Bar, which closed right around the time the Overthrow debuted on the Bowery.
The club exported its token “pastiche-punk vibe,” to borrow a phrase from Flaming Pablum, and launches tonight at 256 Grand Street. Flyer below.
“We needed the look and feel of Overthrow at 9 Bleecker and it wasn’t easy to find,” Overthrow’s COO Brian Patrick Murphy told the Observer last fall. “After an exhaustive six month search we walked into the space. It was covered in graffiti, a bit worn and run down just like 9 Bleecker.”
They plan on completely overhauling the bathrooms, which previously looked like something in a horror movie. They will be turned into a “clean oasis,” which is a heavy task for the previously putrid space. “After you walk into what may feel like a Brooklyn version of CBGB and bust your butt in a class under florescent lights, we want clients to be able to relax, clean up and head back out into the streets of Williamsburg for a night out,” Murphy promised.
Overthrow debuted at 9 Bleecker Street in May 2015. The three-story tenement it calls home was previously headquarters for the Yippie social activist movement. In fact, the Overthrow moniker itself is borrowed from one of the countercultural newspapers published here. The Yippies vacated in 2014 after 41 years in the building.