This 1955 YMCA was a community and recreation center with 48 residential apartments, which closed around 2006 due to financial problems. An attempt was made to completely turn the building into temporary/low income housing in 2007, but it didn’t end up working out. [x]
The Brooklyn Branch features interesting tilework throughout, including the unusual organic, shaded stripe pattern around the pool and bright colors in the lobby. The higher floors are spacious and bright, with windows running the length of the building, and it sits on a busy street.
Unfortunately, the cost to rehabilitate such a building increases with every day that it’s left open to trespassers. There are no current plans for its future.