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Shuttered David Barton Space To Become 'Elite' New York Sports Club Gym

By Allegra Hobbs | March 3, 2017 2:47pm | Updated on March 6, 2017 8:45am
 David Barton gyms were known for their dramatic, dim lighting.
David Barton gyms were known for their dramatic, dim lighting.
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EAST VILLAGE — New York Sports Club will take over the former David Barton Gym space at 4 Astor Place, which abruptly shuttered late last year.

New York Sports Club will open an "elite" gym in the 30,000-square-foot space this spring, the group announced, pledging to provide state-of-the art exercise equipment in a "chic, inviting atmosphere."

"David Barton Gym was an iconic neighborhood destination for almost a decade, known for its unique blend of fitness, nightlife and culture," said NYSC's chief executive, Patrick Walsh, in press release.

"We're honored to carry on that commitment to the neighborhood community and are focused on maintaining a chic, inviting atmosphere that is a destination for far more than just a workout." 

The four-floor gym will include steam rooms and saunas, a boxing studio, Pilates gear and training programs, according to the gym's website.

David Barton Gym abruptly closed all its New York City locations in December due to financial difficulties, shocking gym members who said they received no advance notice.

The company is now being sued by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in prepaid services despite knowing it was in trouble, then failing to reimburse customers after it closed.

New York Sports Club had sent representatives to the Astor Place spot on the day of the closure to try to recruit snubbed gym members by offering special deals. 

The new gym will retain some interior decor from the shuttered David Barton outpost, which was known for its nightclub-like atmosphere.