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Because of Simone Manuel, I became a black girl who swims

Simone Manuel's win in Rio inspired many black women to learn to swim. Overcome with emotion, in that exact moment I decided enough was enough. I was going to join the myth-busting group of magical black women who validate #BlackGirlsSwim. It took me some time to honor my commitment, but two months ago I marched into my local Harlem YMCA and signed up for classes. Read more…

Whimsy, color brighten South Street

The city officially unveiled colorful figures and safety measures along South Street as part of an art installation titled “We Call This Place Home.” It serves to beautify the area while bringing more visibility to the six-foot median separating motor vehicle traffic from a two-way bike lane. The community, including seniors at the Chinatown YMCA, contributed to the development of the installation. Read more…

New South Shore addiction center aims to be ‘beacon of hope’

Christopher's Reason Recovery Center is Staten Island's newest addiction outpatient center. Christopher's Reason Recovery Center offers a number of services, including: referrals and assessments to all levels of care; individual and group counseling; grieving peer-run groups; family intervention services; 12-step meetings; monthly overdose training, and more. The Center will work closely with the YMCA as well as other organizations. Read more…

‘Age-Friendly Park Slope’ Puts Senior-Friendly Businesses on the Map

In an effort to make Park Slope a place that seniors can keep calling home, Heights and Hills has joined with Good Neighbors of Park Slope, a volunteer organization that helps those aging in the area, and Councilman Brad Lander, whose office provided seed funding, to kick off Age-Friendly Park Slope.In celebration of the initiative's first week, a group of Age-Friendly businesses offered specials for seniors, including a free dance class at the YMCA. Read more…

Park Slope Shops Roll Out ‘Age-Friendly’ Welcome Mat for Older Customers

More than 60 small businesses around Park Slope will have bright yellow window decals identifying them as "age-friendly," meaning they offer discounts for seniors, have a bathroom available for older customers, or have a front door that doesn't take superhuman strength to open. To mark the start of the initiative, several businesses offered free events, including a salon day at Local Roots, a cooking class at O'Live Brooklyn, and a dance class at the Ninth Street YMCA. Read more…