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DavidBartonGym to move its Chelsea club into the iconic Limelight



For the first time, DavidBartonGym is opening one of its nightclub-inspired gyms inside an actual nightclub.

The brand announced yesterday that its Chelsea location will be relocated into the iconic Limelight building, a former Episcopal church that operated as an infamous nightclub during the ’80s and ’90s (and has more recently been used as a shopping center).

The 20,000-square-foot workout space is expected to open in the fall of 2014, and while it will feature all of the familiar DavidBartonGym elements, it will also pay homage to the building’s storied past. “Unlike the more theatrical Chelsea, Astor Place, and Miami gyms, Limelight promises to be aligned more with the “restrained elegance” of the Seattle locations, “sophisticated with a wink to the eponymous nightclub of the nineteen eighties,” designer Bill Sofield said in a press release.

And the development is just one of a few big moves DavidBartonGym has made recently, following the opening of its new Christopher Street club and its Astor Place partnership with hot new cycling brand Cyc Fitness.

Perhaps a celebratory night out at the club is in order? —Lisa Elaine Held