Park Slope YMCA reopens after water contamination forced weeklong closure

Reopened: The Ninth Street YMCA has reopened after a weeklong closure resulting from a chemical contamination in the gym’s water supply.
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Management reopened the Prospect Park YMCA Tuesday after a chemical contamination in the gym’s water supply led to a weeklong closure.

The gym — located at 357 Ninth St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues — closed on July 2 after employees discovered the chemical propylene glycol in the water, a result of some maintenance snafu related to the gym’s air-conditioning system, according to the YMCA website.

Propylene glycol is an additive commonly used to preserve moisture in foods, and is “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gym reps originally said the leak was ethylene glycol — a much more toxic substance that could lead to seizures or heart damage — before issuing a late correction on July 3.

In the aftermath of the contamination, the YMCA urged anyone who was possibly affected by the contaminated water to seek help.

“If you drank the water at the Y after 6:00 p.m. on July 1 and feel unwell, please seek medical attention immediately,” read the gym’s website.

During the prolonged closure, Mayor Bill de Blaiso — who routinely travels 11 miles via motorcade from Gracie Mansion to workout at the Ninth Street YMCA — reportedly altered his morning routine and visited the Park Slope Armory YMCA, just eight blocks from the shuttered branch.

Hizzoner visited the second Park Slope gym — located at 361 15th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues — despite living closer to nine other YMCA locations

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 3:18 pm, July 9, 2019
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Hillary from Prison says:
Finally I can shower again!
July 9, 2019, 4:23 pm
Laughing from Park Slope says:
Funny that you say that Hillary, but when the mayor shows up, his security makes sure no one can use the shower until he is done! He's afraid they're going to see his wrinkly, old wang! He won't let anyone look at it, not even take a peak. LOL!
July 10, 2019, 7:17 am
Bradley from P. Slope says:
So this Hillary plans to shower in the mens’ room? This is not a gender neutral bathroom, little darling!
July 10, 2019, 8:55 am
Selena Choméz from Guatemalla says:
If the water is contaminated, just do a dry shower. Dusty rubbing then soap.
July 11, 2019, 2:53 am
Mary Ann from Gowanus says:
"Laughing," I bet you laughed when De Blahs said he was going to run for president too! Not me -- I was thanking God that he's gonna be out of the city, out of the YMCA, and hopefully soon out of Gracie Mansion! Let Iowa have him! Hell, let Massachusetts have him back! Just keep him out of the Slope!
July 11, 2019, 6:46 pm

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