Friday, June 24, 2016

Steel Gym, a Gay Institution in Chelsea, Abruptly Goes Out of Business

Was shocked to see that Steel Gym, long known as the steroid capital of New York City, put up a sign notifying members that it is ceasing operations. Ironically, I had just taken this photo above because I was stunned to see that they had just put up a new sign, which was undoubtedly the first capital expenditure the gym had made in 20 years. A sign stating owner Ken Hunt "is a sleaze" followed the closing notice. Please contact me if you know anything about any of these "many circumstances" that led to its demise.

I never worked out at Steel, but applied for an apartment in the high-rise in which it's located. I didn't make enough money to get approved for the apartment, but I've occassionally wondered how my life might have been different if I had, in a "Sliding Doors" kind of way. 

Ken Hunt wrote this piece for the Feb. 23, 2013, issue of Get Out magazine.


Esti said...

I hired a trainer named Milo And he almost killed me ... He gave me illegal prescription drugs to take as a diuretic and I almost died. I didn't know they where prescription drugs given to diabetics who retain to much water in their bodies. I almost died! I spoke to the owner to complain about it and he was a total jerk defending that trainer who almost took my life. So glad they are closed permanently!!! Karma took care of them!!!

Kay said...

I workout for 2 years at steel gym and I found it to be the best gym .I never encountered any illegal/gym activity at the gym .I don't know way u guys are smoking and to the lady who commented u are entitled to way u put in ur body and no one can force u .U wanted to look good so u went for whatever drug / steroid .In this modern world with most people having internet on the phone ,next time research on pros and cons of way u take in .Ken is a nice guy from wat I know

Howard Menkes said...

I'd trained at Steel many times, and Ken was always a gentleman. Very sorry to see the best Manhattan gym close.

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