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  • Community Board 7

    by Sybil Maimin

    The 59th Street Recreation Center, a public facility at the western edge of 59th Street built in 1909 and is still in use, is receiving renewed attention. In a deal with the city, Tishman Speyer, a developer of a nearby building, has agreed to contribute $2.6 million towards improving the Center.

    Debate has centered around how to use that money and whether to have a new outdoor pool which was promised by the city ten years ago.

    The Youth Committee held a community meeting to get neighborhood views and has engaged in outreach to area institutions and representatives to get a sense of community needs and wishes.

    City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge supported the Committee’s efforts and suggested a more ambitious—and expensive—urban center. The Committee will present a resolution to the Board in January, taking into account the challenges a larger project would present and the frustrations felt by community residents who want more immediate results.

    A plea was made to identify children, typically the working poor, without health coverage. Funds are available to enroll them in Child Health Plus, health insurance for children. #

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