NEW YORK CITY-In what will be its 20th Manhattan location,upscale fitness chain Equinox will open a35,000-square-foot facility at Brookfield OfficeProperties' redesigned Brookfield Place.The eight-million-square-foot, four-building office and retailcomplex, formerly known as the World Financial Center, isundergoing a $250-million renovation, scheduled for completion in2014.

The waterfront Equinox will join a retail mix at BrookfieldPlace that already includes blue-chip names such as Hermes,Burberry, Calypso St. Barth and Michael Kors. There will also be acollection of restaurants and a 25,000-square-foot European-stylemarketplace, to be operated by Peter Poulakakos.

“Equinox, voted best gym in America by FitnessMagazine, complements the unique retail and dining experience atBrookfield Place,” says Ed Hogan, Brookfield'snational director of retail leasing. “Brookfield Place will be theheart of the newest shopping neighborhood in Downtown Manhattan. Weare delighted to welcome a world-class fitness center that willattract downtown's affluent residents and office workers.”

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.