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       President Bill Clinton Headlines Groundbreaking for                    The Pinkerton Clubhouse In Harlem


Madison Square Boys & Girls Club broke ground on its new Clubhouse at the intersection of West 155th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem. 

The groundbreaking was commemorated with a ceremony where President Bill Clinton provided the keynote address. The 42nd President said, “Nobody ever amounts to much without a hand-up now and then, without a pat on the back, without someone looking after them telling them it’s going to be alright," said President Bill Clinton. "That’s why I love the Boys and Girls Club, why I love this project, and why I’ll always be grateful to the people who stood up for me and stood up to me when I was an unruly young boy. I am grateful to the people who do the same thing here today.” The ceremony also included a special message from President George H.W. Bush.

The Clubhouse will be named in honor of The Pinkerton Foundation, whose generous endowment will support a wide-range of programming at the Clubhouse for approximately 1,500 new members. The Pinkerton Foundation’s President Rick Smith also offered remarks at today’s ceremony. The Clubhouse, which will be Madison’s largest and most advanced facility to date, will also serve as the organization’s new citywide administrative hub and headquarters. Madison currently serves over 5,000 members between the ages of 6 and 18 at four Clubhouses located in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

A partner throughout the Club’s planning stages, NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett said, “The Pinkerton Clubhouse will be a great addition to North Central Harlem. NYCEDC is proud to have supported Madison Square Boys and Girls Club with a significant New Markets Tax Credits allocation, and we look forward to seeing hundreds of boys and girls benefit each day from the constructive, healthy programming that will be offered.”

Designed by the renowned architecture and urban design firm Rogers Partners, the 45,000 square-foot Pinkerton Clubhouse will contain modern educational spaces and recreational facilities including a soccer field and basketball court, as well as innovative visual and performing arts spaces including a music and production studio, screening room and digital media and technology lab. The Pinkerton Clubhouse is expected to open its doors to the local community in the fall of 2018.

“The construction of The Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem represents a rare and significant opportunity to empower the area’s young people and create a safe and healthy environment for them to learn and grow,” said Joe Patuleia, Executive Director. “Our expansion into North Central Harlem—one of New York City’s most vibrant, yet underserved communities—will advance Madison’s core mission to save and enhance the lives of young people across New York City in communities most in need.”

The Pinkerton Clubhouse -- Fall 2018

Madison is committed to serving New York City neighborhoods where young people need us most. In 2018, Madison plans to open its fifth and largest Clubhouse in North Central Harlem.

The Bradhurst community of Harlem, once home to the Polo Grounds baseball stadium, is home to a high concentration of public and low-income housing, where 35% of the population lives below the federal poverty line and thousands of families and their children face a lack of opportunity and isolation. Approximately 6,000 children under the age of 18 live within a 10 block radius. Madison’s new Clubhouse will serve more than 400 of them each day.

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Designed by Rogers Partners, the new Clubhouse will have 45,000 square feet of open and welcoming space overflowing with amenities and activities. It will also serve as the new Administrative Headquarters for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, allowing staff and organizational leadership to be closely connected with Clubhouse members and Clubhouse operations.

In recognition of a generous leading gift from The Pinkerton Foundation, Madison looks forward to dedicating its new home in Harlem The Pinkerton Clubhouse.