Basketball City (2010)

New York, NY

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The Basketball City project converts 63,000 square feet of warehouse space on Pier 36 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side into a basketball-focused recreational facility. In addition to to providing youth camps, clinics, and tournaments, the location now serves as home court for 28 New York City Public School Athletic League basketball teams. The facility itself contains seven basketball courts, locker rooms and a special events area. Sustainable design components such as solar panels, composite wooden floors and energy-efficient lighting and insulation is now incorporated in the renovation of the existing space. The site also a feature a waterfront esplanade open to the public, extensive landscaping, and space for parking. The project is now an integral piece of New York City’s East River Waterfront Esplanade Project. As part of the NMTC financing agreement between UFA and Basketball City, the 50 expected full-time positions to be created by the project is now filled by eligible low-income residents of the area sourced through a community board.

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