Blink Fitness Opens In Historic Brooklyn Lyceum Building August 1

227 4th Avenue, the former Brooklyn Lyceum is now home to a new Blink Fitness (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER, April 2017)

Blink Fitness, the Equinox-owned, budget-friendly fitness chain will open its twelfth Brooklyn location on Tuesday, August 1, in the landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum building located at 227 4th Avenue (at President Street).

The new facility will feature certified personal trainers, strength-building equipment including free weights, plates, and machines for upper/lower body and core, as well as a variety of cardio machines and a multi-use space for stretching and functional training.

Built from 1906 to 1910 by the Brooklyn architect, Raymond F. Almirall, according to Brownstoner, the Lyceum was a public bathhouse in the early 20th century, but fell into disrepair over the decades. The building was designated a landmark in 1984.

Its former owner, Eric Richmond, bought the building in 1994 and transformed it into an events venue, hosting experimental theater, concerts, flea markets, and other events before its foreclosure in 2013.

Greystone purchased the building for $7.6 million at a foreclosure auction. The developer had originally planned to convert the building into condos but eventually decided to keep the historic building as a “single-use commercial space.”

Blink worked to retain as much of the building’s historic character and detail as possible, preserving original exposed brick, large arched windows, and industrial steel trusses that support the twenty-two-foot-high ceilings.

As part of its opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate fifty one-year memberships (approximately $10,000) to Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged individuals recognize their self-worth and become self-sufficient by providing job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services.

Blink’s expansion into Brooklyn continues with another location set to open in Sunset Park, at 5109 4th Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets), later this year.

The new Park Slope Blink location launches shortly after spin studio, SoulCycle Park Slope, debuted its third Brooklyn outpost at 342 Flatbush Avenue on June 15.

555 5th Avenue, a new Crunch Gym will open at this location later this year (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER, April 2017)

And construction has been ongoing at 555 5th Avenue (at 15th Street) for a new Crunch Gym that is slated to open in Fall 2017.


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Pamela Wong

Pam was a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn between 2016 and 2019. She also writes about art at


  1. Big box gym…at $15 a month…hmmmm…
    Must need 5-10,000 members like at planet fitness to keep the doors open.

    I’d rather support local gyms like the Bank and Slope Fitness on Union.

  2. Watch out there kids.
    Blink is collecting your money even though they know the lease is void as the Greystone entity that gave them the lease has never held the deed and, at this point, can’t fix that problem.
    Add that to fraud by Jeffrey Simpson of Greystone … and you have a nice lawsuit with hundreds of claimants.
    Work in progress for all those who lose out when the dust settles and another gym is in place…:

  3. Blink had nothing to do with renovation of the building. It was Goldner Architects who did all the renovation work and worked with Landmarks. People always forget the architects. These buildings don’t just design themselves. End of rant.

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