Conveniently located in Brooklyn's Cypress Hills neighborhood, the North Brooklyn YMCA serves more than 15,400 New Yorkers each year with its state-of-the-art fitness facilities, pool, youth programs and a community committed to helping you achieve your goals.


North Brooklyn Y Afterschool Locations

YMCA Beacon Center at MS 347/349
35 Starr Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Eastern District YMCA Center
125 Humboldt Street
Brooklyn NY 11206

Leadership Staff

Marjorie Jean Jacques
Executive Director
mjeanjacques@ymcanyc.org
 

Michael Garcia
Senior Director, Youth & Family
michaelg@ymcanyc.org
x 4704

 

Zoraida Estremera
Business Manager
zestremera@ymcanyc.org
x 4706

 

Dwayne Douglas
Director of Teen and Youth Development
ddouglas@ymcanyc.org
x 4711

 

Jessenia Urgiles-Taft
Membership Sales & Engagement Director
jurgiles@ymcanyc.org
x 4701

 

Heidi Ortiz
Aquatics Director
hortiz@ymcanyc.org
x 4712

 

Rick Rivera
Beacon Director - MS 347/349
rmrivera@ymcanyc.org
718-947-0604

 

Johnathan Serrano
Program Director - Eastern District Center
jserrano@ymcanyc.org 
718-782-8300

Board of Managers

Phyllis White-Thorn
Chair

 

Juliet Lewis
2018 Annual Campaign Chair

 

Walter Campbell

 

Anthony Desmond

 

Darma V. Diaz

 

Miguel Feliciano

 

Ivan Harper

 

King Jones

 

Pete Leon

 

Arletha Miller

 

Nnenna Onua

 

Sylvia Stovall

 

Annette Strawder

 

Israel Velazquez

 

Anthony Woods

History

Located in Brooklyn's diverse Cypress Hills neighborhood, the North Brooklyn YMCA was formed in the early 1990's by a merger of the Eastern District and Twelve Towns branches at the Twelve Towns location on 570 Jamaica Avenue. The Eastern District Branch, originally part of the Brooklyn and Queens Association, had a reputation for emphasizing the religious aspects of the Y's programs. Officially organized in 1889, the seeds of the Eastern District Branch were first planted the previous year when a group of 10 men met in the chapel of the Ross Street Church to propose the founding of a Young Men's Christian Association.

In the 1970's, the East Williamsburg neighborhood, home to the Eastern District Branch (located at 125 Humboldt Street), underwent a major demographic shift. By 1974, it was 40 percent Hispanic and 44 percent white, with a large population of Hasidic Jews. At the time, Williamsburg had high rates of unemployment and welfare, following major shifts in local industries. The branch residence had declining occupancy, and the neighborhood could no longer support the operation. These changes caused the branch to partner with the New York City Housing Authority, which provided the Eastern District with cost-free space in the Borinquen Center, in return for the YMCA's personnel and programs. Along with another program it ran for youth and seniors in the Jonathan Williams Houses Center, the Eastern District became a leader in the development of new community housing.

In the 1980s, YMCA youth programs focused largely on prevention of teenage crime and social problems. In 1985, the Eastern District YMCA began coordinating a multi-agency program to cope with a high rate of teen pregnancy in the community, and it showed excellent results in helping to avert pregnancies among participants. The North Brooklyn Branch also opened a school-based community center under the Police Department’s "Safe Streets, Safe City" program, in which the Prospect Park Y also participated.