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The Greenpoint Y introduces its newest environmentalists to the community

At a celebration at Lentol Garden last week, the students marked the end of this year’s S.Y.S.T.E.M. (Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program by displaying their newly acquired environmental knowledge. S.Y.S.T.E.M. is an annual event, organized by the Greenpoint Y, in collaboration with NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, ExxonMobil and Broadway Stages, in which high school students work to further their educations in environmental studies. Read more…

Greenpoint Y members, donors celebrated

Greenpointers young and old gathered at the YMCA on Wednesday to laud the accomplishments of the center’s youth, faculty and donors. Children and young adults from the center’s extensive programming celebrated as part of the 2015 annual campaign victory, enjoying a pasta buffet and dance performances from the center’s members.The night was especially poignant with the end of the school year fast approaching, and many of the Y’s most beloved youth soon to depart for their freshman years of college. Read more…

Local kids dance studio celebrates five years, expands to adults

Children’s dance studio and afterschool programming space, The Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center (WMAAC) celebrates five years in the neighborhood this year, and in light of its continued success is planning to launch a robust program geared towards adults this summer. In addition to WMAAC's original location, they run programs at the Greenpoint YMCA and local schools including P.S. 132, P.S. 84, and the Brooklyn Arbor School, in all serving about 1,000 students each week in North Brooklyn. Read more…

A boy praises the principal of his Brooklyn school and a fund-raising campaign takes off

Recently Human of New York's Instagram account featured a story of Vidal Chastanet, a 13-year-old from Brownsville. In the caption, Chastanet said his principal, Ms. Lopez, was his biggest inspiration. Since posting, Chastanet, Lopez and Mott Hall Bridges Academy became overnight sensations receiving over $1 million in donations. This is not the first time HONY raised money for a great cause. Previously, the account raised over $100,000 for the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Read more…

The City’s Best Workouts That Aren’t in Your Gym

There are several fun workouts that you won't always find in your local gym. The Greenpoint YMCA offers Punk Rope. The class is comprised of intermittent jump rope sessions, set to tunes varying from jazz to hip hop to old school rock 'n roll; instructors Tim Haft and Shana Brady will lead you through relay races, fitness games and other recess-like activities to keep the blood pumping and calories burning. Read more…