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Midwood Senior Center reopens at new Flatlands location after months-long hiatus - Brooklyn Paper

Midwood Senior Center reopens at new Flatlands location after months-long hiatus

New beginnings: Local pols and luminaries including female 59th Assembly District Leader Sue Ann Partnow, far left, former Canarsie Councilman Lew Fidler, middle left, and Flatbush Councilman Jumaane Williams, center left, joined Midwood Neighborhood Center staff to reopen the facility.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

They got their groove — and their center — back!

Oldsters displaced from their beloved Midwood Neighborhood Center recently returned to their clubhouse, after operators cut the ribbon to re-open its new Flatlands location.

The senior center’s Feb. 4 grand re-opening followed months of limbo for its members, who went without a gathering place after the owner of its previous space for more than a decade refused to renew the facility’s lease last year, according to an operator.

“We are thrilled to re-open Midwood Neighborhood Center to serve active adults,” said Paul Curiale, executive director at Millennium Development Corporation, which runs the senior center. “Great days ahead!”

More than 200 locals reunited over a meal and danced to the music of the Midwood Senior Choir during the opening-day festivities at the facility’s new digs inside Ralph Avenue synagogue Congregation Beit Hillel between avenues L and K.

And a local pol thanked those center members who waited patiently to return to their clubhouse after the lease on its old space expired last June, promising many happy days of socializing ahead now that the facility is back up and running.

“I’m proud that we were able to get you all a home — it’s been far too long,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams, who brought his own mother along for the occasion. “People were scattered, friends want to see each other and hang out, and now they have a place.”

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