Friday, June 24, 2016

Steel Gym, an Institution in Gay 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.

3 comments:

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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