On the evening of December 20, David Barton Gym members received an email informing them that all gym facilities in New York were permanently shutting their doors, effectively immediately.
We were, in fact, members of the Astor Place location and the three-level facility was hermetically sealed the next morning, a sign on the door explaining that the business, along with all David Barton gyms in Miami and Chicago, had “ceased operations due to competitive market conditions.”
We did not, however, realize gym members had been unable to retrieve any items from their lockers if they’d left them overnight — until today. At 5:04pm, we received a mass email signed by “Donna Vogel, Asset Manager”:
Dear Members of David Barton Gym, Astor Place location:
The owner of the building has obtained a key to the premises and can now open it to you to retrieve personal belongings from your lockers.
The space will be open and access to the locker rooms will be available on Wednesday, January 25 from 11 am – 3 pm and again from 5 pm – 8 pm.
This is the only part of your relationship with David Barton Gym that we are able to help with. Please come during one of these windows of time and bring identification and something to carry your belongings in.
Thank you for your patience.
This is a bit of good news. We were worried we’d never wear that particular Timoteo jockstrap again.