Gotham Gazette

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summer camp

summer camp

  • enrichment act

    Students enjoying enrichment activities at a Fresh Air Fund Camp (photo: Fresh Air Fund)


    The crisis in New York City apartments and neighborhoods grows by the day. Social distance saves lives, but the effects of long-term isolation on families and children will be felt for years unless creative action is taken now.

    New York State needs to plan and develop a system of large sleep-away summer camps upstate for city kids who are otherwise facing many months of life in overcrowded apartments. As the temperature rises, and school reopening is delayed, so will

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  • summer camp rally

    (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)


    Yasmin Schwartz is the Assistant Division Director for Middle School Programs at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), a settlement house in Brooklyn. Starting this week, CHLDC expected to run a School’s Out NYC (SONYC) summer camp five days per week for more than 100 middle school students.

    Summer camp activities require careful planning and program directors must hire and vet staff through both New York City and State background checks, register students, and

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