500 West 56 Street (Westport and YWCA Family Resource Center)

Address: 500 West 56th Street (500-512 W 56; 831-849 10th Ave.; 501-511 W 55)
Block No: 1084
Lot No: 25
Landmark status: No


Brian Cho
The Related Companies
60 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023
(212) 421-5333

Steven Emmert, Director
YWCA Family Resource Center
500 West 56 Street
New York, NY 10019


Summary of site plans and status

Related Companies built a 24-story residential building (80/20) with ground floor retail and community space for the YWCA. In changing the zoning, Community Board 4 negotiated with Related Companies to ensure the availability of community space. Consequently, Related Companies agreed to sign a $1/year 10-year lease with a non-profit of the community’s choice. After an open RFP process, the YWCA won the right to operate a Family Resource Center that opened in January 2006 at 500 West 56 Street. The YWCA paid more than $250,000 to build out the space with classrooms and a computer lab to service families and schools in the neighborhood. The Resource Center includes an advisory group that meets regularly.

Council Member Gale A. Brewer has provided funds for programs, ESL funding for Domestic Workers, and funding for computerization at the Resource Center.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice rents the first two floors of the Westport building, which includes the college bookstore, cafeteria, academic support services, and a cyber lounge.


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