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Chelsea CrossFit Gym Remains Open Despite Judge's Order to Close

By Rosa Goldensohn | February 2, 2015 3:00pm
 A Brick New York member push presses.
A Brick New York member push presses.
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CHELSEA — The iron men and women of Chelsea's Brick CrossFit have tossed a court order aside as if it were a 20-pound medicine ball.

A judge ordered the ground-floor gym at 257 W. 17th St. to close on January 16 after a long legal battle with tenants in the condo above. Judge Joan M. Kenney said the gym must stop operating unless it obtained a Physical Culture Establishment permit, which it has so far been unable to do.

But, as of Monday afternoon, the gym remained open for business, according to a worker there. Brick management and lawyers for the tenants did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The CrossFit gym drew neighborhood ire for its loud workouts, where athletes regularly drop heavy weights onto the floor, sending bangs and vibrations up the building. Neighbors first sued the noisy gym in 2013.

“Residents of the condominium have a right to enjoy their apartments in relative peace,” Kenney wrote in the decision.

Judge Joan M. Kenney also banned the gym's members from throwing or dropping weights and running in front of the building, regular components of the CrossFit regime.