Hamilton Senior Center
141 West 73 St., NY 10023 Phone: 212 787 7710
Hours of Operation: Monday though Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hamilton Senior is Center located on the ground floor of our first residential building, the Hamilton House, with its own separate entrance. It first opened in 1973 with full funding from the Bureau of Purchased Social Services for Adults (BPSSA).
The Center offers many classes and activities, including a walking club, restorative yoga, and belly dancing. Lunch is served six days a week, and coffee and snacks are available in the morning. The Center is open on weekdays until 5 pm but on Tuesdays stays open until 6 pm.
In 2012, the New York City Department for the Aging offered senior center providers with DftA contracts, the opportunity to redesign their programs. This was the first such invitation in over a decade. With two centers (Hamilton and Hargrave) within 2 blocks of each other, Project FIND took direct steps to integrate the programs more fully. All meals – breakfast and lunch - would now be offered at the Hamilton Center six-days-a-week. Whereas Hargrave, which has been rechristened the Annex, is a dedicated program space, where people can participate in dance, yoga, tai chi or receive a chair massage in an accommodating environment.
The consolidation of the centers has also allowed us to add the position of activities coordinator, who will draw upon the resources of the surrounding community to build new programing at the annex. The combined programs will benefit roughly 170 persons per average day. Check out the Events and Activities Calendar to see what’s cooking and how much is cooking on any given day.
Melissa Johnson-Bowen, Program Director
Mrs. Johnson-Bowen has 16 years of experience serving the older population in the capacity of Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator/Case Assistance Worker, and Program Director for RAIN Boston Secor Senior Center in The Bronx. She holds a Masters in Human Services with a Specialization in Gerontology from Capella University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Herbert H. Lehman College.
Melissa believes that older adults worked hard and played their role in society, and the retirement years are to be enjoyed in whichever way chosen. As the Program Director for the Hamilton Innovative Senior Center and the Hargrave Annex, her goal is to ensure that older adults are treated with respect, dignity, and provided with services that fosters independence and the ability to age in place within one's own community.