Brooklyn Zoo replaces Bklyn Beast after infighting and eviction

Jump around! W’burg parkour studio back in business

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

High-flyer act: Giovanni Raitieri braces for a face full of foam.  Photo by Stefano Giovannini

High-flyer act: Giovanni Raitieri braces for a face full of foam. Photo by Stefano Giovannini


The Williamsburg freestyle walking studio that shuttered suddenly in December is back up and running with a new name and new ownership.

The parkour park, formerly Bklyn Beast, now Brooklyn Zoo, will employ some of the same instructors and hopes to win back many of its former students.

“There is a huge following of people who are waiting to come back and train,” said co-owner Masai James, who was also co-owner of Bklyn Beast.

Parkour is a sport like skateboarding without a skateboard, or gymnastics performed in the streets, with the studio serving as a kind of funhouse for practitioners to hone their moves.

This go-round, James has teamed up with Donna Barrett, who owns the Bogart Street warehouse and built the massive obstacle course for the previous business. The pair say Bklyn Beast ended in a swirl of infighting capped by a massive party that went bad and they are hoping to turn over a new leaf with the latest incarnation.

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