Update: Brick New York is staying open—and keeping it down, too.
Crossfit is known for its weighty workouts and ripped results—but to those living in the same building as Chelsea's Brick New York, it's just known as a noisy nuisance that they won't stand for. The New York Post reports that the gym has lost a lawsuit filed by 257 West 17th Street residents because it allegedly smashed heavy weights into the ground late into the night, ignoring repeated complaints from neighbors.
"On numerous occasions my family and I have been woken up by the noises and vibrations emanating" from the gym starting at 6am, a third floor resident told the paper, adding that she wouldn't have bought the apartment had she known the fitness facility would be replacing a supermarket in 2013.
"Residents of the condominium have a right to enjoy their apartments in relative peace," the judge wrote in her ruling. The document specifically cited the "clean and jerk" maneuver, where Crossfitters hoist heavy barbells into the air and then forcefully drop them, as particularly loud.
Brick New York, which is planning to open a second location near Grand Central this year, has appealed the ruling and will stay open for now. Should it uphold, the gym's attorney claims that it will cause "immeasurable damages to intangibles such as brand reputation and goodwill."