First LGBT senior center is coming to Chelsea

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 305 Seventh Avenue
The nation’s first gay senior center is being planned for Chelsea and
will be among eight specialized senior citizen facilities opening across
the five boroughs that benefit from $3.5 million in city funds, the New
York Post reported.

The center for the city’s estimated 100,000 elderly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will open at 305 Seventh Avenue, near 27th Street, at the headquarters of SAGE, the leading advocacy group for the demographic. It will serve about 130 meals a day.

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Other centers, dubbed super centers, will cater to vegetarians, seniors from East Asia and the visually impaired.

“This is how New York City will remain the most age-friendly city in the 21st century,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We need to abandon the one-size-fits-all approach that has shaped our senior centers for the last 50 years and begin re-imagining them anew.” [Post]

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