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After over almost 135 years in New York City, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has a written a unique story and made a lasting impacting on the thousands of youth we’ve served and continue to serve every day. As we evolve, our mission continues to become more and more important to the parents, kids, and communities we call family. Stay tuned to our digital spaces throughout 2018 as we take a deeper look at #MadisonBGClub’s history, the traditions and moments that have set us apart, and the magic that continues to bring hope to the youth that call our Clubhouses home. The journey of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is just getting started. #MadisonJourney

  • Artists at work


    Some young members at our 29th Street Clubhouse critique the Club's latest artwork back in 1935. #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • Don't Flip Out


    Flatbush Boys Club practices acrobatics in the gym in the 50's. #MadisonJourney

  • Order up!


    A member flips some pancakes on the roof of the 29th Street Clubhouse in the 1950's. #TBT#MadisonJourney

  • Scoot Along!

    Scoot along! #TBT to members from our 29th Street Clubhouse competing in a homemade scooter race. #MadisonJourney

  • Throwback to summer


    That first official day of summer feeling 💦☀️ Some members cool down outside our old 29th Street Clubhouse #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • Bon appétit!


    Bon appétit! Members from our 29th Street Clubhouse loved to whip up tasty treats during cooking class. #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • The New Columbus Clubhouse


    In 1966, we opened the doors to our Columbus Clubhouse. Over 50 years later, the location still sits on 189th and serves NYC youth in the surrounding neighborhoods. We're grateful to continue to support the Bronx and be a part of such a diverse community! #MadisonJourney#TBT

  • Diving In!


    This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and we're ready to dive in! #TBT to the opening of our old 29th Street Clubhouse's swimming pool in 1940. #MadisonJourney

  • Far OUT!

    Far out! #TBT to some members from our 29th Street Clubhouse checking out a 3-D comic back in 1953! #MadisonJourney

  • BRONX

    We're headed north to one of NYC's most exciting boroughs: the Bronx! Throughout May & June, we'll be taking a closer look at how the Bronx fits into #MadisonBGClub's story and why the borough is so important to our #MadisonJourney. Stay tuned for a recap of our history in Bronx, while we highlight some special places and faces that have made Madison's mission a reality.

  • FLATBUSH


    Flatbush Boys Club turned Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse, had a couple of addresses before it landed at 2245 Bedford Avenue. This original rendering, dating back to 1913, depicts one of the ideas for the present day Clubhouse! #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • FLATBUSH BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    On April 9, 1953, just about 65 years ago, the Flatbush Boys Club celebrated their 50th anniversary, making the Flatbush Boys Club, now the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse, 115 years old this week! The celebration was held at the legendary Hotel St. George. #TBT#MadisonJourney

  • Spring cleaning at Navy Yard


    Spring has sprung! Nothing marks a change in season like sprucing up your digs. Here was see some members from the Navy Yard Boys Club spring cleaning at the old York Street Clubhouse back in 1954. #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • Eggs-travaganza!

    Our 29th Street Clubhouse always found a reason to celebrate. Around springtime, members of the Club would participate in an annual egg decorating contest in honor of #Easter. How egg-cellent! 🐣🐰 

     

  • Take me out to the ball game!


    On June 20, 1954, members from the Navy Yard Boys Club, now our Navy Yard Clubhouse, attended a Brooklyn Dodgers game at Ebbets Field!

  • A boy and his Dog


    Did you know March 23rd is #NationalPuppyDay? We celebrated by throwing it back to 1952. Flatbush Boys Club (now our Murphy Clubhouse) members and their dogs used to love to participate in an annual contest featuring them and their pets! 🐶 

  • Chess Champion!


    Back in 1951, members from the Flatbush Boys Club, now our Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse, try to out strategize the Club’s checkers champion. Not only was he a wiz at the game, he often beat his fellow members while blindfolded!

  • The Roots of the Navy Yard Clubhouse


    In the early 1900's, thanks to the efforts of former U.S. Senator William Calder, the Navy Yard Boys Club was thriving spot for young boys in Brooklyn's historic Navy Yard neighborhood. After 4 moves throughout the area, the current Navy Yard Clubhouse was first erected in 1977. However, in 1983, the Boys Club merged with Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and has since been the second home to youth in the Fort Greene/Farragut section of Brooklyn.

       



  • Let's hear it for the girls!


    Although Madison started as a boys club, it wasn’t long before the girls in the neighborhood made themselves known. While girls participated in Club programs from the very beginning, their involvement was limited to dramatics, swimming and socials. After a #pressforprogress, the trustees recognized the need for girls’ programs and were instrumental in founding the Girls Club of New York. However, in 1984 the Clubs joined forces and the organization was renamed Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. #TBT #MadisonJourney

  • Brooklyn

    We're taking a trip across the East River and into one of #NYC's most diverse areas: Brooklyn! Throughout March, we'll be taking a closer look at how Brooklyn fits into #MadisonBGClub's story and why the borough is so important to our #MadisonJourney. Stay tuned for a recap of our history in BK, while we highlight some special places and faces that have made Madison's mission a reality.

  • Flying high!



     #TBT to the 1940’s when members bounced around the trampoline on the roof of the 29th Street Clubhouse. #MadisonJourney

  • 29th Street Clubhouse


    After moving around Manhattan's #MurrayHill neighborhood, 1940 gave #MadisonBGClub's its first permanent residence: East 29th Street! The opening of the new Clubhouse gained international attention and included some VIP guests like President and Chairman of the original Boys Clubs of America #HerbertHoover, the Duke of Windsor, and even the Governor of the Bahamas! #TBT #MadisonJourney   

  • Washington Crossing the Delaware, A Reenactment


    In NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hangs the famous 1851 painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware. In 1951, 100 years after the painting’s creation and 50 blocks south, a group of boys from Madison's 29th Street Clubhouse celebrated our founding fathers by re-enacting this historic piece of art. How’d they do it? By filling the rooftop of the Clubhouse with water and rowing across. This is definitely a #PresidentsDay celebration for the history books!

  • Albert Hines, Madison's First Executive Director


    Albert Hines, an advocate for change, helped lead the boys' work program at Madison Square Church House in the early 1900s. Feeling the neighborhood needed a central spot for the young men growing up there, he set up the 60 boys' he was leading in a separate space on 31st street. Bearing the name "Madison Square Boys Club," Albert became the organization's first Executive Director. Mr. Hines saw #MadisonBGClub through growth, turmoil, and innumerable milestones, helping mold the #MadisonJourney into what it is today. #TBT

  • Historiana, The Club's Beginning

             

    Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s journey began in 1884. The Club’s purpose was to provide recreational and vocational programs to keep young people away from gang activity on the east side of Manhattan. Founded in a vacant store on First Avenue and 37th Street and operating as a mission of the Madison Square Church, the Club relocated within the community several times before becoming an organization independent of the church in 1902. An early summary of the #MadisonJourney can be seen in the below “Historiana,” originally published as a promotional piece celebrating the organizations rapid growth and success. #TBT

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