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Equinox to Open its First LES Gym Next Spring

Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:08 am

The Equinox showroom has been in full sales mode for five months. Occupying the rear third of the former American Apparel space at East Houston and Orchard Streets. It’s pretty much a soulless retail footprint, with plenty of bright eye candy, corporate street art, and pretty people milling about. Sole purpose is netting new members […]

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Lady Gaga’s Favorite Bikram Yoga Studio Closes After 13 Years, will Return as ‘Fierce Grace’

Posted December 5, 2017 at 5:18 am

Longtime local yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Lower East Side, is no more. Gone after nearly fourteen years atop Allen Street. Instead, its founder and owner, Tricia Donegan, is beginning anew with a corporate partnership from across the pond. Donegan will continue bringing yoga to the people, as it were, except now it’ll be under the […]

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‘HitHouse’ Muay Thai Gym on its Way to the Bowery Next Month

Posted October 26, 2017 at 5:09 am

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) […]

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‘iLoveKickboxing’ Revives Pugilism at Former G&S Sporting Goods on Essex Street

Posted October 6, 2017 at 5:08 am

Where boxing gear once ruled for decades, a new kickboxing concept will soon open shop. iLoveKickboxing, the gym which operates 100 training sites in all 50 states, just signed a 15-year lease at 43 Essex Street. The eight-year-old company will occupy 4,000 square-feet of commercial space at the tenement building, located just south of Grand […]

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Advocates Propose Indoor Skate Park for Pier 40 Redevelopment

Posted September 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

If the skateboarding community gets its way, the west side might welcome a skatepark of its own. SURE Skateboards and the NYC Skateboard Coalition are conducting outreach to garner support for an indoor skate park at Pier 40. The proposal would piggyback off current plans to redevelop the aging facility with funds generated from the […]

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SHUT Skateboards Closing Orchard Street Flagship Today, will Open New Store Next Spring

Posted September 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

The brick-and-mortar headquarters of SHUT Skateboards is discontinued. Today is the last day on Orchard Street for the venerable brand, which closes out a decade on the Lower East Side. The lease was up and SHUT decided to move on. However, the brand will continue to hawk decks and gear online until relocating to a […]

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Refurbished Seward Park Basketball Court Finally Reopens, Just in time for Summer’s End

Posted August 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

The unofficial end of summer is upon us. Perfect timing for the debut of the rehabilitated Seward Park basketball courts, which was supposed to have been finished already. Three months after our last follow-up, the courts are finally complete, repainted (with Parks Department logo), and realigned. There are seven brand new hoops with fabric nets […]

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Smith Houses Basketball Court Renamed for Coach and Mentor Michael Williams

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:09 am

The Smith Houses basketball court was reborn Saturday afternoon as Coach Michael C. Williams Court. Parks Department, elected officials and their representatives, community leaders, and residents alike celebrated the renaming in honor of a local hero and inspiration to many. Williams was a resident of the Smith Houses who rose above the poverty and rough-and-tumble […]

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Coleman Skatepark Gets Quick Tune-Up Just in Time for ‘Go Skateboarding Day’

Posted June 21, 2017 at 5:15 am

Today is the thirteenth “Go Skateboarding Day,” an international skate event held annually to both celebrate and promote the sport. At home on the local level, meanwhile, the one and only Lower East Side skatepark got some love. Nike SB recently invested some cash to upgrade elements of the Coleman Playground (aka the “Coleman Oval”) beneath […]

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‘Harold Hunter Day’ Turned into a Weekend Festival this Year

Posted June 2, 2017 at 5:07 am

The eleventh annual Harold Hunter Day upped its game for 2017. This year, the commemoration to the fallen skater spans nearly a week. Festivities began on Wednesday and continue through Sunday. As always, there will be a skate jam at the Coleman Skatepark. Four months ago marked eleven years since the death of professional skateboarder Harold […]

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