At 5:30 AM on Tuesday the First, Slope Fitness opened in the space that was last occupied by S Clubs, on Union Street just west of Seventh Avenue.
The gym is now under the ownership of Michael Carlin, who was Senior Membership Advisor at S Clubs and jumped at the opportunity to purchase the space from previous owner Nick Kotsonis.
When I spoke with Carlin back in March, he vowed to rectify any poor experiences had by previous members, including refunding those who lost money when the club suddenly closed. He also plans to bring back accountability and transparency (every member of the club has his email address and phone number), and hopes that the gym will also become something of a community gathering place.
Along with giving the place a thorough scrubbing (all cleaning products are earth-friendly), they've also set up a coffee/tea bar, built a new group fitness room, installed a new sound system, improved the locker rooms, and installed a child monitoring system, so parents can check on their child in babysitting from the workout area. Physical therapy, mommy and me classes, and a kids fitness program are all in the works.
Slope Fitness, 808 Union Street Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-783-4343.