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January 28, 2021
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Bye Seniors, Hello Kidville

By Lisa M. Collins

The transformation of Carroll Gardens continues as the Eileen Duggan Senior Center, across the street from Carroll Park on Court Street, is replaced with a shiny new Kidville, a national chain franchise that offers classes and party space for kids, some toys and clothes and parenting info for parents. The Kidville is now open for business.

The senior center, funded by the city, couldn’t keep up with rising rents on Court Street, so the seniors have been moved to the basement. Oh, how symbolic.

Many area seniors rely on the center for hot lunches and camaraderie, what with the daily games, bingo, gossip and socializing that takes place.

One wonders what longtime Carroll Gardens resident Celia Cacace would say. The “mayor” of the Eileen Duggan Senior Center wasn’t immediately available for comment. For now, read what she had to say last year about the gentrification of what was always known simply as South Brooklyn.



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