Korean Nonprofit Opens in ‘Groundbreaking’ Event

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (in black), local lawmakers and stakeholders break ground at the new KCS site on May 16. (Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi via QNS)

After completing the purchase of the former Bayside Jewish Center in February, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York has settled into the 35,300 square-foot building, which is located on a 54,000 square-foot property. At a groundbreaking event May 16, officials including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Korean Consul General Gheewhan Kim praised the organization for its services and accomplishments, reports QNS’ Suzanne Monteverdi.

“I hope this community center will be a place of networking, of learning and of sharing for the Korean community,” said Ki Hwan Kim [Gheewhan Kim], Counsel General of the Korean Consulate of NY. “I hope Korean-Americans contribute to the development of not only the Korean community, but also other communities in Queens.”

While renovations won’t be done until late 2018 at the earliest, the center already has meeting spaces, a cafeteria and banquet hall, classrooms and more. The organization looks to offer educational and immigration services and programs for children and seniors. Go to QNS to find out what additional spaces KCS has planned.

To read about controversy the Bayside Jewish Center had faced read an earlier story from QNS on the new center.

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