The Coney Island YMCA finally opened its doors Friday after construction delays caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz helped cut the ribbon, welcoming the public into the 44,000-square-foot facility, which features a state-of-the-art gym, a dance studio and an aquatic center.
It's the first YMCA to open in Coney Island.
"This a priority. This is what the community wants," said City Councilman Domenic Recchia of Brooklyn. "And I said, 'Before I'm out of office, I will make sure this place is built.'"
"The fact that we can work together, be together to bring more community-mindeness here, the better off we will be," said Sal Maglietta, chair of the YMCA New York board.
"Congratulations. I know that not even a little nasty storm like Sandy stopped you and your great staff from making this a reality," Markowitz said.
The building has also been fortified against future storms with water-tight doors and mechanical protection.