Busted Exercise Equipment on East River Esplanade Finally Replaced by the City

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 at 5:09 am by
Swapping out the goods, Photo: Two Bridges Tower

Swapping out the goods, Photo: Two Bridges Tower

It just wasn’t built to last, and now, reinforcements…

Replacements for the heavily-used exercise equipment near the mouth of Pier 35 are finally here. Parks Department workers were spotted installing the new machines yesterday afternoon, much to the delight of locals. Indeed, it’s been a long time coming.

Pretty much since debut in February 2015, the community voiced its frustrations with the exercise equipment near Rutgers Street. For good cause. The shoddy units broke down six months after installation, and neighbors have been demanding upgrades that match frequency of use. Maybe the new gear will last at least twice as long…

Likely reason behind the tune-up is the DEP’s choice to “relax its restrictions” on the water main running beneath the esplanade.

It’s worth reiterating that the “South Street gym” is a hit with the locals, and is always in play. Regardless of weather. Your choices are a rowing machine, chin-up bar, bench dip station, cardio walker, and double shoulder rotator.

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