PJ Avitto Community Center opens in East New York

Posted: Updated:
EAST NEW YORK -

The Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center, named after the 6-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in an elevator in 2014, has opened in East New York.

Avitto's friend Mikayla Capers was seriously injured in that stabbing, which happened across the street from the new center. The killer, Daniel St. Hubert, was found guilty of murder at trial last month.

The push for a community center in the area was first initiated by former City Councilman Charles Barron. After Avitto's death, Council member Inez Barron and Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to making the facility a reality.

The center will be operated through a partnership between Man Up and Good Shepherd Services, offering numerous services that include job training and development, recreation, social services and more.

Avitto's mother told News 12 that she knows the boy is looking down on the center, happy and proud.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."