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Anti-violence block party held in Coney Island

The Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative put on a block party with the Coney Island YMCA to address gun violence in the community today. The move comes after the recent increase of shootings in the neighborhood. Organizers are hoping with the help of community events and workshops, they can get kids off the streets and involved in educational and constructive activities. Read more…

Coney comes out for block party

The block party coincided with the YMCA’s National Healthy Kids Day — the Y’s initiative to improve family health. The public was given free tours and classes to the new YMCA on Surf Ave. and 29th St. The was sponsored by the Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island YMCA, NYC Parks Greenthumb, and Councilmember Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island). Read more…

New YMCA centers in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy bring hope to the struggling neighborhoods

The YMCA of Greater New York has completed construction on two brand new facilities located in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and Rockaway, Queens, both hit hard by hurricane Sandy a year ago. The Y hopes to reduce the high levels of youth unemployment in these areas, providing both full-time roles and part time shift positions for individuals below the age of 23 years. Read more…