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La Central development Melrose wins approval

Construction of the massive mixed-use development project planned for Melrose known as La Central is now underway after lawmakers approved the first phase of the project last week. Phase 1 will also include a 49,000-square-foot YMCA that will feature both a lap swimming pool and general-use pool, a dividable gymnasium and a fitness room. YMCA spokesman Paul Custer said the organization was ramping up services to the borough, with another planned location just announced in the Edenwald section. Read more…

5 new residential buildings that are changing New York City’s landscape

A new crop of landmark residential buildings is rising in New York City. La Central in the South Bronx may be New York City’s most ambitious effort to create affordable housing. Along with 992 units, the plan calls for a YMCA, a roof-top farm and a Bronx.Net TV studio viewable from the sidewalk, a la the “Today” show, and promises to be a lively addition to the Melrose neighborhood. Read more…

Ninth Grader Receives YMCA Courage Award

Cherish Atkinson, RS Scholarship recipient and 9th grade student athlete at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, administered CPR while on a cruise to a man who fell ill while riding a jet ski. She was the only person who remained calm and knew exactly what to do in the situation (including adults). Upon her return from vacation, she was awarded the Courage Award from the YMCA in a ceremony held at the Z Hotel in LIC on September 7th. Read more…