(Photos courtesy of)

(Photos courtesy of NTHCCC)

In the 1970s, the City of New York flirted with bankruptcy and the storefronts on Bedford Avenue stood empty. Now, those same storefronts are buzzing and a long-running campaign to establish a community center in a storied Northside building aims to honor the memory of those who made that rejuvenation possible—and continue their good work.

The Northside Town Hall and Community Center (NTHCCC) will, once it’s completed, function as a social, cultural and political hub for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint community. And, crucially, it will enact this role from Engine 212, a defunct firehouse on Wythe Avenue that played a central role in the neighborhood’s history.

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