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Save the community center at 211 Ainslie Street

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Dear Mayor de Blasio:

 

We, the undersigned, are asking you to help save the community center at 211 Ainslie Street. We ask that you allocate city capital funds to purchase the building so it can remain a community center in perpetuity.

 

For 40 years, the center has housed both Small World Child Care and the Swinging Sixties Senior Centers, which provide needed free and low-cost programming to the area’s low- and moderate-income residents. It also serves as North Brooklyn’s unofficial Town Hall, hosting Community Board 1 and other meetings. Advocates also believe the center is an excellent facility to host Universal Pre-K, for which North Brooklyn has a high need.

 

But its survival is threatened because its new landlord has drastically hiked the rent. We believe the landlord did so in the hopes of forcing the centers out so he could tear down the building and replace it with luxury condos of the sort that are proliferating in North Brooklyn.

 

The center was built in the early 1970s with public money, and since then, public money has paid the rent. This guaranteed the building’s landlords a steady stream of profits even when market conditions in Williamsburg were not lucrative as they are today. We believe that a building built and supported for decades with public funds should remain for the public benefit.

 

Sincerely,

 

The People of Williamsburg/Greenpoint



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