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Harlem book fair

People came together Saturday to celebrate literature in Harlem, debating writing and identity at panel discussions and meeting with authors and publishers at kiosks on the street. Readings and panel discussions took place all day at the nearby Schomburg Center, Countee Cullen Library and the Harlem YMCA. Read more…

YMCA of Greater New York gets $1.5 Million Gift from John W. Rowe

John W. Rowe wants to boost the likelihood that young New Yorkers will finish high school and go to college. With a recent $1.5 million gift to the YMCA of Greater New York, Dr. Rowe, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, is supporting a college-readiness program that begins in the sixth grade and continues through the college-admissions process. The donation brings his total contributions to $2.5 million. Read more…

Drowned toddler’s family speaks out as part of a call to stop rash of NYC drownings this summer

Family also called for more people to learn to swim, something that the closest non-park pool to the place where Ruhshona died is calling for as well; The Prospect Park YMCA opened its new aquatics center last week. The competition sized pool now joins a smaller pool at the athletic facility on 9th Street in Park Slope in its efforts to promote water safety for the New York community at large. “If you feel that the program would be unattainable for you for financial reasons,” said Meghan Gough, aquatics director for the Prospect Park Y, “we do not turn anyone away.” Read more…