Brooklyn Boulders Plans Second BK Outpost in Williamsburg

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Rock climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders is expanding to North Williamsburg.

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The 10-year-old chain, which started in an old New York Daily News garage on Third Avenue in Gowanus, inked a long-term deal for its second Brooklyn outpost at 87 Kent Avenue between North 8th and North 9th Streets, Cushman & Wakefield announced in a press release.

The climbing chain will take a 30,598-square-foot retail space in the base of a new apartment building across the street from East River State Park. The length of the lease and the asking rent weren’t disclosed. Brooklyn Boulders expects to open later this year, according to GlobeSt, which first reported news about the lease. Developers Jay and Michael Weitzman are still building 87 Kent Avenue, and New York City Department of Building records indicate that it’s a six-story, 45-unit apartment building.

C&W’s Diana Boutross, Ian Lerner and Abie Dweck represented the landlords in the transaction. It wasn’t clear who represented the tenant.

“With Williamsburg being such a vibrant and active community, it’s the perfect location for Brooklyn Boulders’ new home,” Boutros said in prepared remarks. “87 Kent Avenue benefits from being situated among some of the neighborhood’s most popular attractions and steps away from the waterfront.”

Brooklyn Boulders still occupies the former Daily News garage at 575 Degraw Street in Gowanus, and it opened its second New York City location in Long Island City, Queens in 2015. Over the past few years, it has also opened branches in Somerville, Mass., and Chicago.