Safe and Fun Hangout Spots for Teens in Brooklyn


Teen Time at the Brooklyn Public Library

Hang out and enjoy books, games, and music with fellow teens. FREE.

Central Library: Select Tuesdays at 4pm. 10 Grand Army Plaza. 718-230-2100.

Kings Highway Library: Wednesdays at 3:30pm (no session March 9). 2115 Ocean Avenue. 718-375-3037.

New Utrecht Library: Thursdays at 4pm. (no session March 10). 1743 86th Street. 718-236-4086.

Paerdegat Library: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4pm. 850 E. 59th Street. 718-241-3994.

Sunset Park Library: Fridays at 3:30pm (for ages 11-17). 5108 4th Avenue. 718-567-2806.

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Jewish Community House (JCH) of Bensonhurst's Zehut Teen Center

A community center where teens can just "chill" or participate in meaningful activities like community service opportunities, college prep, discussion groups, and various interest clubs. 7802 Bay Parkway. 718-331-6800, ext. 184.


Teen Center at Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach

Teens can hang out in the Teen Lounge (6-9pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, open basketball 9-10pm; 2-6pm Sundays), with video games and TV, music, games, and snacks. They can also join a teen club (or start their own), participate in a leadership program, sign up for tutoring, and more. 3300 Coney Island Avenue. 718-646-1444, ext. 321.


YMCA Teen Centers

Teens are supervised in a safe, fun, and engaging environment that encourages social maturation, while they choose from a variety of activities like recreational sports, fundraisers, and a variety of skill-building workshops. FREE.

Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA: Open Fridays, 5-9pm. 1121 Bedford Avenue. 718-789-1497.

Flatbush YMCA: Open Fridays, 4-9pm. 1401 Flatbush Avenue. 718-469-8100.

North Brooklyn YMCA: Open 7-10pm Saturdays, 5:30-6:15pm Mondays and Wednesdays. 570 Jamaica Avenue. 718-277-1600.

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Also see: More teen resources in the New York metro area

Decoding the Teenage Brain: One Mom's Personal Essay

Our After-School Activities Guide