Friday, June 4, 2010

Construction for new Lower Eastside Girls Club home starts next week

The Lower Eastside Girls Club is prepping for the groundbreaking next week of its new home (Center for Community) on Avenue D...

As the flyer shows, there's a meeting this Tuesday night at the Jacob Riis Community Center, 80 Avenue D, between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.

A detailed presentation will be made about the construction timeline and neighborhood impact as well as information about the upcoming Girls Club programs.

Questions can be submitted in advance to:

For more information, go here.

Meanwhile, as we've covered here before, here's a look at the new home:

Among other things, the new building will include:

We are expanding our successful entrepreneurial social venture businesses, The Sweet Things Baking Company and Community Café, with the construction of a Culinary Education Center and commercial kitchen. These programs offer job training and opportunities for teenage girls and neighborhood women. The kitchen will also serve as a classroom for nutrition education and meet in-house food service needs. A courtyard filled with flowers, an outdoor fountain designed by artist Kiki Smith, and café tables will provide a unique oasis for dining and quiet events.


In the Fair Trade Gift Shop and Book Store, items from cooperatives around the world share shelf space with girl-made crafts and artwork. Our public market space will be a home for our Farmers Market Center, simultaneously supporting New York State farmers and our community's health.


A portion of this new facility will be devoted to public programming and the arts. The “Girls Out Loud” Internet Radio Station is the site for live programming, podcasting, and digital journalism activities. Simultaneously, girls will be taking their digital film, photography and IT courses, while school classes and the general public participate in film festivals and screening events in the Screening Room. The Art + Community Gallery, site of LESGC’s teen curatorial training programs, will act as a venue for a wide range of art exhibitions.

Previously on EV Grieve:
The Lower Eastside Girls Club's "urban paradise" closer to reality


Anonymous said...

living on that block i have to say the rendering is somewhat demographically inaccurate.

Anonymous said...

Good for them, dat block needs some positivity. I jog past there all the time, its just depressing, that Avenue D.

Anonymous said...

They fail to laud the additional nine stories (conveniently left out of teh rendering)of housing in in alreadyover crowded area. Greedy developer hiding behind teh Girl's Club? Just sayin'.....