After much anticipation and years of work, Guttenberg has a beautiful new community center. Designed as an annex to the existing Anna L. Klein School on Hudson Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, it provides classrooms to students during the day, and transforms into a community center in the evenings and weekends. A rooftop park with a stellar view of Manhattan will be available to residents when the weather is good.
Following three years of construction – and more than 10 years of preparation – the building was dedicated in a well-attended ceremony in the new gymnasium/auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Named the Gerald R. Drasheff Community Center after the former mayor who made it his mission to see the building completed, it is dedicated with his blessing to “All the residents of Guttenberg.”
The project is the result of a unique collaboration between multiple entities. Located partially on town land and partly on land owned by the Board of Education, an independent body, it required an agreement that allowed for shared usage as both school and community space.
Among the dignitaries speaking at the dedication were Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (who conveyed the best wishes of Sen. Nicholas Sacco and former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto) County Executive Thomas DeGise, School Superintendent Michelle Rosenberg, Councilwoman Monica Fundora, and current Mayor Wayne Zitt.
The event was followed by an open house, with students and parents checking out the new facilities. Slated as a hub for recreational, cultural, and senior events for all residents, the building is expected to house concerts, live performances, sports, and other exciting activities going forward.