Gleason’s Gym owner voices frustration with reopening not allowed in phase 4

The owner of a Brooklyn gym is asking for guidance after not being able to reopen during phase four in New York City.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2020, 7:51 PM

Updated 1,417 days ago

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The owner of a Brooklyn gym is asking for guidance after not being able to reopen during phase four in New York City. 
Bruce Silvergade, the owner of Gleason’s Gym, is demanding answers. He has been the owner for more than 30 years but says the famed boxing gym has been around for more than 80 years. 
"My gym was shut down at 8 p.m. on March 16, and from that day until today...I have no income,” said Silverglade.
He says not being able to reopen is something that has been weighing on him heavily. 
"I'm a practical person. There's only so long I can stay in business and last. Mentally it's draining,” said Silverglade. 
He tells News 12 the gym is ready to open and that they’ve got gloves and masks. However, he says the problem is that they don’t know when that reopening might be.  
Silverglade says he has reached out to local leaders, the borough president, and even the governor’s office. He says he wants answers not only about when they can open, but why it can’t reopen now.
 "I have 14,000 square feet. We can certainly social distance,” said Silverglade. 
Silverglade says Gleason’s Gym is where professional fighters have trained at for decades--something these days he says they can’t do.


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