Our Building: Center for Community

The Lower Eastside Girls Club
Center for Community
on Avenue D

The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community, New York City’s first and only Girls Club facility, is now open on Avenue D between 7th and 8th Streets in Manhattan!

Girls enter a new world filled with hope, imagination and possibility for the future…

The Baker Hall Health and Wellness Center, a multipurpose facility for healthcare and physical activities, offers dance, yoga, drumming, meditation and stress reduction programs, sports activities and more. Nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and physical fitness instructors are available for counseling and training. Educational classes and events for families and new parents also take place here.

The Lamarr-Lovelace Labs are the epicenter of all technology-related programs and equipment. The Labs are home to The East Village Planetarium, a 64 seat 30′ dome that teaches earth and sky science, astro-visualization and digital design to schools and small group classes. The Media Center offers computer stations with free wireless Internet access, and classes in graphic design, web design and digital photography.

Digital filmmaking and editing classes also take place here. Simultaneously, girls take their digital film, photography and IT courses, while school classes and the general public participate in film festivals and screening events in the Center for Media and Social Justice screening room. The WGRL/Girls Out Loud sound design studio is the site for live programming, podcasting, and digital journalism activities.

Program development offices, conference and training rooms share space with the Counseling, Career and Leadership Center where girls can meet with nurse educators, nutritionists, social workers, career counselors, and college advisors. Ongoing mentoring, tutoring, academic support, leadership development and civic engagement programs take place here.

Alphabet City Art School houses large light-filled art studios used for painting, drawing and other materials arts classes.  The Art + Community Gallery, site of LESGC’s teen curatorial training programs, acts as a venue for a wide range of art exhibitions.

The Science and Environmental Education Center opens onto a working green roof where Farm Girls manage the working green roof, and grow flowers and herbs for the café.

We have expanded our successful entrepreneurial social venture businesses, The Sweet Things Baking Company and Celebrate Café, with the construction of a We Mean Business Culinary Education Center and commercial kitchen. These programs offer job training and opportunities for teenage girls and neighborhood women. The kitchen also serves as a classroom for GirlFit nutrition education and Pizza Academy classes, while meeting in-house food service needs.

A planted courtyard with an outdoor fountain, designed by artist Kiki Smith, and café tables provides a unique oasis for dining and quiet events.

In the Girl-Made & Fair Trade Gift Shop and Book Store, items from our sister cooperatives around the world (Chiapas, Sierra Leone and Nepal) share shelf space with girl-made crafts and artwork. Our La Tiendita retail shop at the Essex Street Market (120 Delancey Street), staffed by moms and alumni, is another outlet for Fair Trade goods.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community is the first center of its kind in New York City—offering free and creative programs and opportunities to girls and their families for years to come!

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Naming opportunities are available at all levels. Please contact us for details.