Temporary Shutdown of 157 Columbus Ave.

CrossFit NYC is in the final stages of obtaining a Physical Culture Establishment License for our Upper West Side location, as required by the City to operate a gym. To our knowledge, we are one of the only CrossFit boxes to pursue this permit. (We have such a PCE license at our 28th St location.) The PCE license was established in the 1970’s in response to a number of “massage parlors” in the City that were not legitimate businesses. Clearly that is not the case with CrossFit NYC. However, as the largest and oldest CrossFit box in New York, we feel obligated to be in 100% compliance with all City regulations.

Unfortunately, just as we were about to finish the process, another CrossFit gym made the news because it was being sued by the condominium in which is resides, in part for ignoring the requirement for such a license. Though the circumstances are completely different, the neighboring condominium at Columbus Avenue has raised concerns about our application as a result, and we have agreed with the Department of Buildings’ Bureau of Standards and Appeals to refrain from running classes from today through December 17.

Therefore, we are temporarily suspending all classes at 157 Columbus Avenue. For anyone registered for Elements or a regular membership, we are offering a choice of a full refund or a temporary transfer to our 28th Street location. We deeply regret this situation, and we will do everything in our power to convince our future neighbors that we will be good neighbors. We will also do whatever it takes to make whole any of our members who will be inconvenienced.


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