The Long Island City-based NYIC also has two adjacent office spaces of 500 square feet that can be rented as one or two units and would be ideal for businesses working in the Irish community, it said.
Meanwhile, nine construction companies – seven of them formed by 1980s and 1990s Irish immigrants – are donating their services and working to complete the renovations for the March opening.
A NYIC spokesperson said: “Everyone is welcome to come into and to use the center. There is an Irish tradition of leaving a light all night in the window so that anyone in need will find a welcome inside, and the NYIC will continue that great tradition here. Our outreach programs will always try to meet any identified needs in the broader community that come within our remit.”
Several other initiatives are to be hosted by the center. They include: a seniors social club, a mothers’ and children’s group, a single parents’ group, a “pub with no beer” and an Internet caf