Center to Serve as Dominican Cultural and Educational Hub and Will Open in the Newly Renovated George Washington Bridge Bus Station
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a community center will be located at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and will serve as a Dominican cultural and educational center in Washington Heights. The Governor made the announcement the same day as the Dominican Day Parade in New York, honoring the heritage and contributions of the Dominican community in New York State. The George Washington Bridge Bus Station, first opened in 1963, received a state-of-the-art transformation finished in 2017.
"The establishment of this community center will create a collaborative cultural and educational space centered on Dominican heritage in Washington Heights that all residents will be proud of," Governor Cuomo said. "The Dominican community is a central piece of this state's culture and a representative of the American dream. We will continue to work with communities statewide to create cultural hubs that represent the diverse nature and history of our great state."
With the creation of the community center in Washington Heights, Governor Cuomo is fulfilling a longstanding commitment to the community residents. The community center will serve as a cultural hub at the base of the George Washington Bridge where immigrant families from all over the world have passed through. The center will provide space to accommodate community events for up to 150 people. It will provide workshops and cultural development programs; as well as, serve as a space where groups can come together to work and promote Dominican art, culture and history. The Juan Pablo Duarte foundation will manage the center for the community. Organizations including, Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation, The Dominican Day Parade, Inc, Centro Cultural Deportivo Dominicano, and Dominican Sunday, amongst many other groups and community members will be able to benefit from the center for generations to come. The Community Center will be completed in August of 2019. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the George Washington Bridge Development Venture LLC will provide rent for the first 8 years.
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station opened in 1963 and received a state-of-the-art transformation finished in 2017. The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is located on a two-block site in the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan. The station, which features a direct link to the upper level of the George Washington Bridge, is between 178th and 179th streets and Fort Washington and Wadsworth avenues.
Congressman Adriano Espaillat said, "The community center will be a welcome addition to Washington Heights. It is incredibly fitting that it will be located at the base of the George Washington Bridge, an area where so many immigrants have once passed through. Governor Cuomo has shown true commitment to our community throughout this process, and I thank him for constantly providing our community with quality resources."
Maria Khury, President, Dominican Day Parade, said, "The addition of this community center to our neighborhood will bring so much joy to the residents of Washington Heights. We have worked very hard to make this a reality, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his dedication to ensure that our community has the quality educational and community resources we need and deserve."
Laura Acosta, Executive Director Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation, said, "Since he took office, Governor Cuomo has been a true partner with our organization, fighting on our behalf to improve our community. With the announcement of this community center, it is clear the Governor has done it once again. This community center will provide our neighborhood with a cultural hub it deserves, and I thank all involved in the process."
Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa said, "Washington Heights is a diverse community with a rich history, and it deserves a community center that reflects that. I commend Governor Cuomo for his work to bring this space to our neighborhood and for his dedication to the Dominican Community of Washington Heights."
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