A community center built with perseverance
April Brown-Lake, silver bracelets on her arms and bright blue sneakers on her feet, was in what will become an art gallery in North Hempstead's jaw-dropping-gorgeous new community center on Friday when a young worker approached with an important question: "Can we, um, use the vending machines?"
Brown-Lake didn't miss a beat. "Yes!" she exclaimed, beaming a smile. "They're ready for business!"