Open Squash to Replace Eastern Athletic Club at St. George Tower

Open Squash, a non-profit “on a mission to make the game of squash more accessible and affordable to everyone,” will move into the space soon to be vacated by Eastern Athletic Club at 43 Clark St. Eastern will close for good on May 31, 2023. The target open date for Open Squash is sometime in the last quarter of 2024.

Open Squash currently operates a facility with 5 squash courts near Bryant Park. The Brooklyn Heights location will have 9 courts on the lower level and 1 on the upper, that will look something like this.

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Sliding-scale membership discounts, junior scholarships and three membership tiers will be offered “to reach more diverse socioeconomic communities.” Their motto is “we are the opposite of exclusive.”

The Bryant Park location currently offers group clinics, private lessons, social events, and competitive games for different skill levels, as well as hosts the New York interclub league. For kids and teens, there are competitive programs, summer camps with income-based discounts, and coaching by world-ranked pros.

About opening on Clark St., Open Squash says,

The Brooklyn Heights location is currently home to Corner Squash and the Eastern Athletic Club, and for years has had a vibrant squash community that Open Squash very much hopes to support and grow. The plan is to begin renovation of the courts there in 2023, creating another full-service community squash center with at least 9 state-of-the-art squash courts – and to manage the renovation with the least amount of disruption possible to the existing community.

Read their entire announcement at this link.

If you’re an avid squash player and can’t wait for the 2024 opening (and don’t know anyone to sponsor you at that other tennis/squash facility or can’t afford it), another location in downtown Manhattan will open this fall. Membership sign-up is now available.

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  • Kit

    Guess this means that the remnants of the iconic swimming pool will be erased. Not sure how viable a single sport model makes the best usage of the space.

  • Effective Presenter

    Most of the iconic swimming pool had been erased decades ago.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Sweeties

    Gee. I guess the 6 squash courts at Heights Casino are too exclusive for the obvious high-demand for squash players, round here.
    This could have been done much better for the neighborhood as a whole.

  • gc

    The “existing community” which includes an 103 year old every day swimmer is definitely going to be disrupted.

  • Mark C

    So much negativity here!

    Was EAC really that great? The one time I popped in there to check it out, it seemed like it hadn’t been updated since it was built in the late 70s / early 80s (?). Shouldn’t we be excited that the space will be modernized? And is Heights Casino too exclusive? Well, yes. Any place that requires a referral and won’t post their costs online is too exclusive IMO. Also, there were already squash courts at EAC… I’m baffled by the complaints here.

    Also, according to a blog post by Open Squash, the big old St George pool was never removed. It was just covered over. It’s all still there. Speaking of which, the blog post also mentions that they’re “currently looking for a partner to upgrade and operate the non-squash part of the existing gym and sports EAC facility – as our focus is exclusively on squash. If you know of anyone who is interested, please let us know. We’d love to partner with someone who shares our vision of a beautiful restoration.” … could that vision of a beautiful restoration include the pool? Granted, the blog post is from a year ago, so who knows if a partner was found… but at least shows that the new gym doesn’t have a desire to get rid of the non-squash facilities, and they have a love for the history of the space.

    Let’s be a bit more optimistic…

  • Effective Presenter

    The pool run by EAC had never been great mediocre on a good day.

  • Effective Presenter

    Mr. Porter,

    Thank you for this great picture.

    The original pool had been altered before my years in Brooklyn Heights at the EAC.

    Travel throughout the nation I learned the iconic pool had been very well known for its salt water, and technology this had been one of the first indoor pools in New York City a marvel for the time.


  • Effective Presenter

    We have heard that St. Francis College has a tremendous indoor 50-meter pool that the Heights Casino people used one night each week.

    Our experience had been even if y’all know The Pope, STILL y’all can’t get in to use the pool.

    Maybe the new owner of the property plans on opening up the pool for use by the community, but we are not holding our breath.

  • AnonyMom

    One way to find out how Open Squash will utilize the non-court space.. ASK them. And for those who want to swim, the Dodge Y is accessible and relatively affordable.

  • Resident

    👎 great for squash players, bad for those who just want to workout

  • Resident

    Great for squash players, bad for those that just want to workout at a regular gym

  • Andrew Porter

    I understood that the deep end of the pool had been covered over, leaving just the shallow end as a pool.

    When construction was done a decade ago, they discarded big pieces of the original tile, and I have two chunks I got out of a dumpster, with original ochre and purple tiles embedded in them.

    Here’s another image of the original pool:

  • FatFreddy’sCatheter

    Oh Josh Gad, there are *bodies* floating in that pool! Where did you get the photograph, OG Weegee?

    I like the other picture better!

  • Dan Hayes

    I understand Open Squash is still lining up their financing. Sounds like their business model counts on government money so they’ll need the state and city to ink their budgets before they have the $$ to pay the St. George. Till then, EAC will operate the space. EAC isn’t great but it is close

  • Teresa

    I live on Clark St and joined EAC when I moved into the neighborhood in 1998. I ended my membership in 2018 and have recently been thinking of returning…but this puts the kibosh on that. EAC is not perfect, but it really is a great community asset, including its less-than-ideal pool. What a shame.

  • Knight

    Check your source. EAC is out at the end of May no matter what Open Squash’s financial woes are.

  • soulinisolation11

    Will there be virtue signaling strobe lights on outside??
    just askingfor a friend…….

  • Michael

    How dumb

  • Princeandrey

    I grew up in Connecticut long before I moved to Bklyn Hts and my mother used to tell me about the pool at the St George where she swam, as a girl in the 1930s!

  • Princeandrey

    Why are strobe lights “virtue signaling”? I don’t understand.