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Lower East Side fitness center offers immigrants chance to get fit, socialize

Lower East Side fitness center offers immigrants chance to get fit, socialize, featured in The New York Daily News April 23, 2014

As the non-profit Educational Alliance made plans to renovate the Lower East Side building they’d been in for more than 100 years, they decided to add something new to their community facility — a large fitness center.

“In focus groups, people were saying — across race, class, everything — we need a place to work out,” said Rabbi Joanna Samuels, executive director of the newly-renovated space, called the Manny Cantor Center.

Organizers see the community center, which opened this spring, as a place for Chinese, Latino and Eastern European immigrants and other neighbors to get to know each other, get in shape, and learn together.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/east-side-fitness-center-offers-immigrants-chance-fit-article-1.1765709#ixzz2zjM8te00

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