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Media Contacts

Erik Opsal
Director, Communications

Jennifer Hoffer
Manager, Public Relations & Social Media

Latest News

Starbucks to Open First Store in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

New Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) will create local jobs, partner with minority owned contractors and suppliers, and offer in-store job skills training programs to youth as part of the company’s strategy to invest in at least 15 underserved communities across the U.S. by 2018. Two nonprofit organizations with long histories in Jamaica – Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers – have used the store’s unique in-store classroom space to host job training programs for young people in Jamaica between the ages of 16 to 24 who have faced barriers to jobs and education. Read more…

Benson Playground gets a facelift

After years of playing on cracked and graying blacktop, dozens of children eagerly waited to have their sneakers hit the newly renovated multi-use asphalt of Benson Playground after the July 13 ribbon cutting hosted by New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and City Councilmember Vincent Gentile. P.S. 200 students and YMCA campers broke in the new play area with Parks’ staff, playing soccer and basketball. Read more…

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Location Availability

  • Rentals - With 24 locations throughout the five boroughs, the Y has a myriad of community event spaces for birthday parties, special events, and meetings. Please contact your local Y to understand availability.
  • Media Requests - Members of the media are welcome at the Y for broadcast and print shoots dependent upon the content of the piece and the potential disruption to members. All requests should be sent to Jennifer Hoffer at or Erik Opsal at