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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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Recreation CentersRecreation Center 54

On Wednesday, November 26, all Recreation Centers close at 6:00 p.m. for the holiday. There may be changes to your schedule, so please check with your center. On Thursday, November 27, all Recreation Centers are closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Anticipated Completion: 11/27/2014

Recreation Center 54 Weather

  • Thu
    Chance Showers
    40°F
  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    42°F
  • Sat
    Mostly Cloudy
    42°F
  • Sun
    Mostly Cloudy
    51°F

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