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Bedford YMCA

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Neighborhood athletic and recreational center

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Infrastructure, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Recreation, Play

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When the YMCA at Bedford Avenue and Monroe Street opened in 1904, it was considered the gem of the Brooklyn YMCA. One hundred years later it remains in its original building and continues to be an important resource for the community as an alternative to expensive private health clubs and under-funded public parks.

The Bedford YMCA was designed to serve as a flagship for the Y's then new emphasis on physical education. Among its original facilities were two skylit-gymnasiums, a fully tiled pool, and a bowling alley. These state-of-the-art facilities were not, however, available to African Americans who were relegated to a much smaller YMCA ten blocks away commonly known in the neighborhood as the "black Y."

Despite the official desegregation of the YMCA in 1943, de facto segregation and discrimination continued. By the mid-1950s, however, the Bedford-Stuyvesant community had become increasingly African American. Coupled with the closing of the...

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Bedford YMCA


Anonymous Nominator

Has help program, camp program. I love the water and they have swimming there. The children love the pool--it's excellent. Weight room for men and others.

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