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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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October 11, 2012
10:34 AM

This is so sad. Those seniors depend so much on their beloved senior center and putting them in the basement away from any sunlight. Most of these seniors are in their 70’s and much older…many in their 80’s. So let’s hope that the neighborhood Moms make a point of at the very least have their kids make some drawings for the seniors letting them know they are welcome. It might also be nice if the moms put together a visits with the senior day once a month…maybe the kids will get new “foster” grandparents out of this and the seniors will get new “foster” grandchildren. Maybe the neighborhood should do something to welcome them back and let them know that this is not a way of just shutting them into a basement. Let them know that they are a vital part of the neighborhood and you know they are there. There is a song called “hello in there”…google the lyrics it may help with your decisions