Clinton Street’s ‘New Life’ Finds it Anew in Alphabet City
New Life of New York City, the youth engagement organization founded on the Lower East Side more than two decades ago, is northbound. Finding life anew in Alphabet City.
There is currently a banner strung from the marquee of 66 Clinton Street announcing the departure, as well as the address of the new home (297 East Third Street, between Avenues C and D).
While notable, the move itself is not entirely surprising. The nonprofit company, situated here since 1993, first listed its 4,340 square-foot building (and adjacent lot) for sale over a year ago. So far, there are no records of any transactions or development plans with the Department of Buildings.
At the time, the group’s executive director, Efrain Figueroa Jr., released the following public statement. The work is done down here, apparently.
When we first opened our doors at 66 Clinton St. in the Lower East Side, it was an economically struggling area in need of an organization like New Life of New York City. After more than 20 years, the neighborhood has progressed significantly, and we’ve made a positive impact in the advancement of the local youth community, which we look forward to continuing through rented space and our various partnerships in the Lower East Side. We’re ready to move our organization into its next phase. By selling 66 Clinton, we’ll be able to expand into more boroughs, specifically the Bronx and Staten Island, where there is a tremendous need for programs that serve inner-city youth.
The extent of the outer-borough expansion mentioned is unclear one year later.