Photo by Wally G

Will New Yorkers soon be scaling walls in the landmarked Puck Building on Lafayette Street? According to the Real Deal, REI has inked a deal to move in to a 39,000-square-foot, three-floor space in the building, which will include a bike shop and "Outdoor School" courses, in addition to their gear and other goods. The store is their first in New York City, and will be the first retail outlet in the building in over 100 years—they plan to open in the fall of 2011, and as Bowery Boogie points out, "the EMS store on Broadway just around the corner is probably pissed."

REI's CEO says, "Our new store in the Puck Building will provide a resource to serve New Yorkers, visitors and community groups eager to enjoy the great outdoors from bike paths and urban greenways." One Seattle blog says: "Cycling is apparently a big deal there." Indeed, but will we get our own 65-foot climbing wall?