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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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On Saturday, February 18, 2017, there will be no Lap Swim or General Swim from the hours of 11:00am until 4:00pm due to a special event. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Anticipated Completion: 02/19/2017

Recreation Center 54 Weather

  • Sun
    Sunny
    53°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    45°F
  • Wed
    Decreasing Clouds
    61°F
  • Thu
    Partly Sunny
    68°F

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