Chelsea Women’s Prison to Become Women’s Rights Hub

The Bayview Correctional Facility, a medium security women’s prison on West 20th Street and Eleventh Avenue, is slated to become a women’s rights and activism hub. According to a DNAinfo article, the developers, the NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group, plan to build offices for activism and advocacy, as well as an art gallery, a restaurant, community spaces, and a health clinic.

This women’s rights hub would be the historic brick building’s third life. Built in 1931 as a YMCA housing facility for merchant sailors, in 1974, the building was put into the hands of the Department of Correctional Services. It was shut down after Hurricane Sandy, and remains empty today.

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