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October 21, 2014

New Beginning Sought for Embattled N.Y. Community Center

The New York Times reports on efforts to turn around Manhattan's Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, which has struggled to survive in an area that has grown affluent since the facility opened in 1948.

The nonprofit center occupies Upper West Side space between Lincoln Center and a string of condominiums, across the street from the city-run Amsterdam Houses, whose working-class residents it was built to serve. When Mary B. Mulvihill was hired as executive director two years ago, it was $390,000 in debt and "headed out of existence," she said.

The center has reached out to its well-to-do neighbors, working with co-op boards, businesses, and religious institutions to build up fundraising and work together on events. While it remains closed on weekends, it reopened its shuttered summer camp this year and has expanded education programs. The Altman Foundation, which had ceased funding the center more than a decade ago, resumed grants to it last year.