Bro/Sis currently resides at 140 Hamilton Place at 143rd and Amsterdam, our transitional space for three years as our construction project is completed. On October 12, 2018, we bid farewell to our former space for nearly 20 years, a more than 100-year-old brick townhouse affectionately known by the community as ‘the brownstone’, and broke ground on our capital project: a new state of the art, 20,000 square foot facility that will be completed in spring of 2021.
This new space will allow us to expand on the critical support and services we offer to the members we serve. The new facility will allow us to increase the number of youth directly impacted, train far more educators on our model which will allow us to exponentially grow our impact on the lives of youth across the nation, expand our work on health and wellness, and greatly expand our organizing and activism efforts. The project is managed by Gilbane Building Company and designed by Urban Architectural Initiatives – and the general contractor is APEX Building Company .
We currently are housed around the corner from our future home – in four interconnected store fronts that we gut rehabbed in 2018 and now serve as our headquarters. In front of our storefronts is a 6,000 square foot sitting plaza – one of only five in upper Manhattan. This community space is used for relaxation, meetings, community events, arts programming, our youth run farmers market and a CSA that we support. We maintain the plaza in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation. In addition, we continue our partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to steward the Frank White Green Thumb Community Garden – a 6,000 square foot urban greenspace and environmental center – which is the most used public community garden in Manhattan. The garden has over 30 kinds of fruits and vegetables, flowers, a greenhouse, and an aquaponics system.