Sunset Park seniors return to their home away from home
The United Senior Citizens Center of Sunset Park reopened itsdoors on Monday, September 26, after a year of being closed forelevator repairs, and the seniors couldn’t be more thrilled to havetheir center – and friends – back.
I’m very happy. We all know each other and we feel comfortablehere, said Marcelino Cruz, 53, who has been attending the centerfor five years, drawn by the games of dominos, cards and Bingoplayed with his social network. There’s new ping pong tables,too!
I belong to the one on 45th Street [Marien Heim Senior Center],but the people that play dominos come here, said Lucy Acevedo, 79,while watching her domino opponents lay down their tiles. Herfriend, Maria Salame, 58, agreed, noting that she comes every dayfor the bingo and donuts.
The senior center, located on the third floor at 475 53rdStreet, just a short walk from subway and bus stops as well aslocal merchants, serves a hot meal to 150 seniors every day – up to300 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, when Bingo is played. Thereare also the other games like dominos and Scrabble, plus sometreadmills and stationary bikes for exercise, and newly added pingpong and billiards tables.