NEW YORK -- A former Brooklyn courthouse is poised to become the site of the city’s first-ever NYPD-run community center.
The new NYPD Community Center, set to open next week, will be run by police personnel and child counselors, and will feature classrooms, a computer lab, music and dance studios, sports activities, and other programs aimed largely at children and young adults between 12 and 19 years old.
"I look forward to seeing the neighborhood youth visiting and taking full advantage of the resources that will be made available to them. The relationships that will be made here will change lives for generations to come,” NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Nilda Hofmann said at a ribbon cutting Wednesday.
Today, we are proud to officially open a state-of-the-art NYPD Community Center and safe haven for youth ages 12-19 in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Here, @127penn, community kids can come and be involved in recreational, educational, & social programs. ✂️ pic.twitter.com/cHtuwt8Vpl— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 23, 2019
The center was built in a former magistrates’ courtroom at 127 Pennsylvania Ave., which the city started renovating in 2016.
Sasha Godoy, 38, who lives in Starrett City, said she’s glad to have a center in the neighborhood for her 10-year-old son, Misahir. “We do everything outside our community. I brought my son to show we can do something in our own neighborhood," she said.
Misahir beamed about some of the center’s offerings. “I like the music lab, the dance studio and the gym. It even has a treadmill,” he said.
Fidel Cole, 16, a point guard for the Aspirations Diploma Plus High School basketball team, practiced with his teammates in the gym Wednesday.
“It’s great to have a new space for kids instead of being in the street. We finally have a new place to go,” he said.
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