225 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11201



As the Dodge YMCA closes out its 10th year on Atlantic Avenue, the history of Brooklyn’s first YMCA actually goes back 130 years.

Back in 1885, Brooklyn opened its first YMCA. It was the first in New York City to boast a swimming pool, and by 1915, with a new central building, it held the title of “largest YMCA in the world.”

Originally created as a Christian haven for young men to keep them off the streets and away from the temptations of New York City, the YMCA is now an all-inclusive, family-oriented facility offering fitness, education, arts, senior classes, immigration assistance, after-school programs, and so much more.

Did you know that it wasn’t until 1957 that the Brooklyn & Queens YMCA joined the rest of the boroughs to become the YMCA of Greater New York?

Unfortunately, the branch suffered through some tough financial times which forced the building’s closure. The organization even ran out of a Brooklyn Heights storefront for a little while. But in 2005, the YMCA came back stronger than ever with a new building on Atlantic Avenue.

It got its name thanks to a significant grant from the Dodge Family Foundation. And with endless programs and classes for the entire family to feed your body and mind, the Dodge YMCA will go into its second decade on the infamous Atlantic Avenue stronger than ever.

Of the YMCA’s 22 branches in New York City, eight are in Brooklyn.




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