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Recreation Center 54

E. 54 St. bet.ween 1 Ave. and 2 Ave.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The East 54th Street Recreation Center opened on Feb. 17, 1911, with 79 showers for men and 59 for women. Built during an era of socially progressive initiatives, the center’s original purpose was to provide sanitary facilities for the city’s working classes. Although the four-story, neo-classical building is not a designated landmark, much of its original character and history remains. The basketball court and jogging track are connected by two wrought ironwork spiral staircases, and the Guastavino tile, vaulted ceiling in the gymnasium, and the lobby ceiling are indicative of the architecture of the time. Marble walls in the locker rooms hearken back to the original marble baths.

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Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a recreational program that provides one-on-one activities for children and young...

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Recreation Center 54 Weather

  • Sun
    Sunny
    61°F
  • Mon
    Mostly Sunny
    66°F
  • Tue
    Chance Showers
    66°F
  • Wed
    Partly Sunny
    59°F

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