In the years following the major makeover of 188 Bowery, Nudie Jeans moved into the ground space, and the surrounding community simultaneously fought to keep any nightlife from entering the basement at the shared 2 Spring Street.
The fight paid off, as the State Liquor Authority reportedly determined in June 2016 (during proceedings for The Stand) that this location was not appropriate for any nighttime business in the foreseeable future, as it’s never been licensed and there are more than two dozen licenses within 500-foot area.
Instead, a new high-end gym is poised to debut here next month. HitHouse signed a lease for the 4,300 square-foot subterranean space back in the spring. Asking rent was $24,367 per month, according to a previous report in the Observer. Meanwhile, their presence is made known with lettering on the front door.
The fitness studio specializes in Muay Thai kickboxing classes for all ages, genders, and skill levels. Sessions are apparently taught by both amateur and professional fighters. HitHouse will also deploy its patented heavy bag/fight dummy, named Bishop.
HitHouse was founded in 2016 by Muay Thai instructor and fighter, Tyler Scott, and marketing specialist and round card girl, Dana VanPamelen.