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Recreation Center 54

E. 54 St. bet. 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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The 2nd floor fitness room will be closed on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6:00am until 3:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Anticipated Completion: 02/23/2017

Recreation Center 54 Weather

  • Tue
    Partly Sunny
    58°F
  • Wed
    Chance Showers and Areas Fog then Showers and Breezy
    70°F
  • Thu
    Mostly Sunny and Breezy
    47°F
  • Fri
    Chance Snow
    38°F

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