Danish Athletic Club Marks 125 Years

Danish Athletic Club (Photo by Danielle Kogan via Brooklyn Reporter)

In time for its 125th anniversary celebration in September, the Danish Athletic Club in south Brooklyn recently completed its three-year-long renovation. The area may no longer boast the Scandinavian communities it did in 1892; however, despite the changes, the club has stayed afloat, President of Danish Athletic Properties Dave Thorsen tells Danielle Kogan of Brooklyn Reporter during a tour of the revamped facility at 735 65th St. in Dyker Heights by Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. The goal, he says, is to “share the culture, and pass it down to kids.”

“We’re hoping to act as a lighthouse in the Nordic community, to be able to attract more attention in the South Brooklyn area. The goal is growth,” Thorsen added.

To do so, the club has branched out beyond its Scandinavian roots.

Rather than being exclusively Scandinavian, the traditional spot has long since started accepting other cultures. The man behind the magic in the kitchen is Moe, who is Egyptian but is considered in the club to be Danish by association.

On his menu? Kjottkaker (Norwegian meatballs), Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs), and assorted desserts that include an apple pie so fresh it felt like it came right out of the oven.

How are the club’s membership numbers? Why is being there “like a surreal form of time-traveling”? Read more on this, and find out details about the anniversary celebration, at Brooklyn Reader.

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