Rendering of 1 Nassau Ave. courtesy of Cayuga Capital

A pair of rock climbing gyms will open in Williamsburg and Greenpoint in 2020 if all goes according to plan.

A California-based 24-hour rock climbing gym is scheduled to open in April 2020 at 1 Nassau Ave. at the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint across from McCarren Park. 

1 Nassau Ave. in summer 2019

Vital Climbing Gym signed a 15-year lease for the 46,000 square-foot single-story building that is currently under renovation, The Real Deal first reported in 2018. The gym operates three other locations in California and one in Washington.

Former rendering of 1 Nassau Ave. via Cayuga Capital

Prior to landing the gym as a tenant, Cayuga Capital’s former renderings of 1 Nassau Ave. suggested a retail/shopping business would be coming to space.

The building traces back to 1910 when it housed Nash Metalware, and “Knighthead Funding has provided Cayuga Capital Management with $22 million in short-term debt to finance the conversion,” Real Estate Weekly reports.


Just steps away at 8 Berry St., the gym Brooklyn Athletic Club is also a tenant of Cayuga Capital, and the developer filed plans for a redevelopment of the property in 2017, the Real Deal reports.

Rendering of the Dime at 263 S 5th St. via Fogarty Finger Architecture

Another climbing gym, MetroRock, is also scheduled to open in summer 2020 in South Williamsburg at the new 23-story mixed-use development The Dime, the Commercial Observer reports:

The rock climbing chain inked a 15-year, 10,000-square-foot deal for its second Brooklyn location at 263 South 5th Street, between Marcy Avenue and Havermeyer Street, according to Murro Realty, the tenant broker. Asking rent was $110 per square foot. The gym will open in the summer of 2020 and occupy 8,500 square feet on the ground floor and 1,500 square feet in the basement of the building near the Williamsburg Bridge.

MetroRock operates three gyms in Massachusetts, one in Vermont and another in Bushwick at 321 Starr St.

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