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Sixth Street Community Center

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Long-standing, grassroots community center offering public programs and fresh produce

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Public Hall, Social Movements, Education

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Founded in 1978, the Sixth Street Community Center has provided the Lower East Side’s diverse communities with myriad development and empowerment programs for over three decades. From its early days offering children’s and social services, and also serving as the long-time home of the Lower East Side Anti-Displacement project, to its current roster of health and wellness initiatives, the Sixth Street Community Center is a beloved and indispensable resource carrying and kindling the torch of true grassroots activism into the 21st century.

The eponymous Sixth Street Community Center is headquartered in a lovingly restored former synagogue located between Avenues B and C. Sometime around 1890, the building at 638 E. 6th Street was constructed as a house of prayer for congregation Ahavath Yeshurun Shara Torah, which used the structure until the mid-1970s. By the time the congregation had moved out of the Lower East Side, New York City was in...

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