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No. Brooklyn’s “People’s Firehouse” Proposed to Open with Gallery Space

Images of the proposed new center by Urban Architectural Initiatives (via Curbed)

If some Brooklyn-area activists and politicians have their way, the borough’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods will soon have a new community center with the worst acronym known to humanity, North Brooklyn’s Town Hall and Community and Cultural Center (NTHCCC) … though we imagine people will just call it Town Hall.

The center, which just got a new infusion of funding, will rise in the place of Engine 212, known as the “People’s Firehouse,” which was shuttered in 2002 because of the city’s money woes.

The dedication ceremony took place yesterday in Williamsburg and Brooklyn and borough president Marty Markowitz, councilmember Steve Levin and assemblyman Joe Lentol were there to take some well-deserved credit.

According to the Greenpoint Gazette, Markowitz had this to say [emphasis ours]:

Our local artists define the creative capital of New York … Someday in the not-very-distant future, the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center will be a hub of activity for all of North Brooklyn — a place for families and kids, a place where organizations and nonprofits can find affordable office and meeting space, and a place for local artists to exhibit their work.

Curbed indicates that the center will be revitalized by the people at Urban Architectural Initiatives, who were responsible for a number of projects across the city, including the revitalization of Moore Street Market on the border of East Williamsburg and Bushwick. The blog also mentions that a “community space/gallery” is planned for the main floor. There are more images of the renderings here and images from yesterday’s ceremony here.

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