Jeff Smith, a representative of the Fransiscan Community Center on 97th street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway says that a few times a week, the center holds a senior program where low-income senior citizens from the neighborhood come and play bingo. These long time residents have breakfast and lunch for very low prices (from 25 cents to 4.00), allowing them to come together and spend time with each other.
The Upper West Side is not just a neighborhood, it is a community says Smith, who has been working at FCC for three years. The FCC is an example of Upper West Side residents acting as community members. The Franciscan Community Center is designed to help the residents of the Upper West Side. They have a thrift store for people to buy clothes at cheap prices, a place for senior citizens, and food servings for people who need it.
– Yeji Yang