It’s Done: G&S Sporting Goods Space is Now Leasing
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The arrival of tombstone leasing signage above the storefront of 43 Essex Street wasn’t completely surprising. After all, we brought word back in April that G&S Sporting Goods – selling boxing gear on the Lower East Side for over seventy years – was indeed on the ropes. The shop stayed open through the summer, though, even extending its previously truncated hours.
But the seven-decade reign of G&S is concluding; the proverbial towel thrown into the ring. At the time of our initial reporting, we were informed that owner Lenny Zerling suffered a stroke a year ago, and that running the business had become too difficult. Zerling also owns the building, and the intended plan is to sell.
In the meantime, Bouwerie Lane Group is repping the retail property. No word yet on the asking rent.
G&S Sporting Goods was founded in 1937 by Lenny’s father, an Estonian immigrant boxer named Izzy Zerling. He was a registered lightweight, and boxed approximately thirty-five professional fights. The store opened at 43 Essex after his retirement. Thereafter, he spent most of his life dedicated to teaching the sport to underprivileged kids, all while the family business remained as such. He is also credited with being the first to train female fighters in 1938. The elder Zerling lived on the Lower East Side until his death in 2011 at the age of 96.