Schermerhorn Art Center Opening

On October 25, 2011, local officials and community partners joined Common Ground to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Downtown Brooklyn’s Schermerhorn, 216 units of affordable, supportive residence for single adults in the arts as well as the formerly homeless. The event also marked the opening of a state-of-the-art black box theater and art center.

Mayor Bloomberg praised The Schermerhorn: “This award-winning new development will not only provide homes for low-income New Yorkers, but also help revitalize Brooklyn while contributing to the City’s cultural offerings.”

There to mark the occasion were, from left, NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin; Human Resources Administration (HRA) Deputy Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Services Administration Jacqueline Dudley; NYC Homeless Affairs Commissioner Seth Diamond; President/CEO Actors Fund Joseph Benincasa; Center for Urban Community Services Executive Director Tony Hannigan; Common Ground Executive Director Brenda Rosen; HUD NY/NJ Regional Director Adolfo Carrión; Actors Fund Chair Brian Stokes Mitchell; Common Ground Board Chair Peter Ezersky; Time Equities’ Francis Greenburger; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Hamlin Ventures’ Abby Hamlin; and Councilmember Stephen Levin.

The project was sponsored by Common Ground and the Actor’s Fund. To read the press release (PDF), click here.