MASterworks Explorations: Northeast Bronx YMCA

2022 Winner for Best New Building

This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2022 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Saturday, October 29 from 12:00-1:00 PM, join MAS for a visit to the Northeast Bronx YMCA, 2022 MASterworks winner for Best New Building. Led by team members from the YMCA and MARVEL, the design team behind the project, attendees will explore this incredible new YMCA campus.

Located on E. 229th street, the Northeast Bronx YMCA addresses the critical need for recreational space, fulfilling a 30-year dream of the community for a multigenerational community center and hub. Developed in partnership with a broad coalition of community leaders and elected officials, it is a powerful reminder of the good that can come when our leaders, institutions, and community work together.

During this in-person exploration, explore the beautiful grounds and wonderful facilities, getting an insider-view into the design behind the new building and how the space is best-serving the Northeast Bronx community.

Capacity is limited, so RSVP today!

Learn more about the 2022 MASterworks winners here.

Saturday, October 29
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Northeast Bronx YMCA
1250 East 229th Street
Bronx, NY 10466
Exact meeting location and directions to be provided upon RSVP

Nearest public transport: The 5 Train is accessible at the Baychester Avenue Station. Bx31 bus is accessible at the E 229 St/Schieffelin Pl stop.


  • Northeast Bronx YMCA Project Team. Credit: Scott Frances.
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  • Wellness Pavilion from parking, looking North. Photo: Scott Frances©.
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  • Moving through the lobby with Gym and Aquatic Pavilions beyond. Photo: Scott Frances©.
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  • A view into the courtyard from the aquatic pavilion. Photo: Joshua Simpson©.
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  • Main Entry at E 229th St. Photo: Scott Frances©.
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  • Pavilions and illuminated corridor at dusk, looking West. Photo: Scott Frances©.
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COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. Masks are not required for outdoor MASterworks Explorations. Should the group ventures indoors, masks may be required, so please be prepared to have one with you.

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

Read more about the MASterworks Awards here.

2022 MASterworks Jury:

Angel Ayón, Principal, AYON Studio
Debbie Millman, Host, Design Matters
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Senior Associate Adjaye Associates, Founder & Executive Director Beyond the Built Environment LLC
Tina Vaz, MAS Board of Directors and Head, Meta Open Arts
Sara Zewde, PLA, Principal, Studio Zewde; Assistant Professor of Practice, Harvard University.

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