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Park Slope Armory YMCA to Reopen Wednesday

By Leslie Albrecht | November 27, 2012 12:27pm

PARK SLOPE — Just in time for the fattening holiday season, exercisers can finally return to the Park Slope Armory YMCA.

After being closed for several weeks to serve as an emergency shelter for Hurricane Sandy evacuees, the Armory YMCA will reopen for business at 5 a.m. Wednesday, a YMCA spokeswoman said.

The facility will host its regular line-up of classes and programs, which includes spinning, yoga, and Zumba, as well as art and youth sports programs, the spokeswoman said.

The cavernous YMCA building, on 15th Street and Eighth Avenue, was transformed into an emergency shelter for Hurricane Sandy evacuees on Oct. 28. Hundreds of evacuees, many of them elderly people from flooded senior homes in the Rockaways, bedded down in the Armory on cots, and dozens of volunteers pitched in to keep the shelter running smoothly.

The shelter closed on Nov. 19, after which the YMCA had to scrub down the building. The Armory's 4,000 members were allowed to use the YMCA's Prospect Park location on Ninth Street while the Armory branch was closed.