Good things come to those who wait…and lord knows we’ve been waiting a very long time to step inside the new and improved Curley Community Center, aka the L!  Our friend Matthew Dickey, @Streetscapecurator on Instagram, shared with us some gorgeous photos of the project!

Looks like we’ll be waiting a little bit longer for the reopening. According to the statement (below) made to the Dorchester Reporter by a spokesperson for Mayor Wu, the staff was predicted to have been in the building by the end of January…as of now, the staff is not there.

“BCYF is committed to reopening the BCYF Curley Community Center safely, sustainably, and as soon as possible and is expecting to get into the building by the end of this month. Staff will then need at least four weeks to prepare the building for opening, where it’s now the largest building in the BCYF network. BCYF is planning to formally reopen the building and begin programming in the winter of 2023.”

Fingers crossed, it’s open by the spring/summer.

Thank you to designLAB architects too


What do you think?





  1. George February 15, 2023 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Hope they fix the clock at L Street entrance.

  2. John P. DiReeno February 15, 2023 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Will someone in charge (clerk of the works) of the renovations please get the clock outide above the main entrance lit and showing the correct time.

  3. Mary February 15, 2023 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    It looks fantastic!

  4. Kevin Conroy February 16, 2023 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Fix the clock!

  5. PJSchofield February 16, 2023 at 8:12 am - Reply

    When the clock’s fixed, take down the emergency wire strung over L Street across from the front door! It’s been there for decades and is the only wire across the road from the Bathhouse to the State House!

  6. Karen Morris February 16, 2023 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Please Be Open this summer and stop Using Piping Plovers as a Excuse .

  7. I Imagine The … February 16, 2023 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    …terms “Men’s L” & “Women’s L” are no longer acceptable and the use of same by any member or guest warrants immediate…”cancellation”..(?)…

    (…asking for a friend)

  8. Theresa Mackin February 16, 2023 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    For the past 3 years the fabulous
    “ L Street Brownies “ have kept the tradition of swimming everyday at M Street. A special thanks to Coach Pete & his heated van. ☘️ Bravo!

  9. Walter Baranowski February 16, 2023 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Looks can be deceiving.
    1. I see in the photo of locker room that the architect may not have been told that previously lockers in men’s area were arranged this way: rows perpendicular to an aisle. They were all removed and areas redesigned because of frequent thievery. Thrives broke into lockers as a scout hung out at aisle and signaled thrived if someone was coming.
    2. Huge lobby with commanding view to water is an ostentatious statement that wastes valuable usable interior space. Yes, architect wanted to make a photographable space for PR and mayor can showcase the space . Would be better to make more space that is usable for members.
    3. Sacrificing the previous upper floor solarium because it would cost too much for an elevator is pure BS. An elevator was ruled out early because the showpiece lobby was made prime.

  10. Theresa Mackin February 16, 2023 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    For the past 3 years the fabulous “L Street Brownies” have been swimming everyday at M Street beach. A special thanks to Coach Pete and his heated van that kept us warm during the winter months. ☘️
    Bravo! to the renovated bathhouse!

  11. Walter Baranowski February 16, 2023 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    As for the Plovers, one needs to know that once they find a beach they like they will return. As before, the nesting areas will be cordoned off and marked. The remainder of beach should be available – the entire beach will not be closed. FYI, I’ve observed plovers nesting at Curley on the M St beach area. On the Cape I’ve observed that plovers actually like to nest close to where people use beaches: once a pair with numerous tiny chicks came close to us because there were hawks circling above. The plovers were smart enough to know the hawks were going to keep a safe distance from humans.
    We can hopefully all enjoy the Curley beaches and live with each other.

  12. Elizabeth Aguilo February 16, 2023 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Let us in!!!!

    • Theresa February 17, 2023 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Ha-Ha! “Let us in!” 😆

  13. Tim February 17, 2023 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Looking good! Excited to be back!

  14. Steve O’Rourke February 18, 2023 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    It would have been nice to see the new shower and bathroom facilities. The old ones were eyesores.

  15. Sasha February 18, 2023 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    As long as L street is transgender friendly we can keep moving Southie progressively forward . Hope the Sauna and Steam rooms are coed. The notion of a Mens and womens L are passé . It would be nice to see some welcoming rainbow colors for members of the LGBTQ + community. See you in yoga class soon. Namaste!

    • If You… February 23, 2023 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      …say so. I guess that’s it then? Sasha has spoken?


  16. Wayy Princiotta February 18, 2023 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    How much does it cost to join

  17. Koz February 20, 2023 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Mayor Wu has done a great job delivering the L renovation on time and on budget. The photos look great. Let’s all be thankful for our blessing of good health. Health is Wealth !

    • Marty Walsh February 20, 2023 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Your comment shows you know nothing about the budget and timeline..get off the political hog .

      • HaHaHa… February 23, 2023 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        Isn’t that the biggest attraction to the L to begin with? Let’s be honest here.

        Hahaha….”bathhouse”, indeed…

  18. T Crowley February 21, 2023 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    That’s what I like. Infrastructure being done a long time waiting looks great

  19. Mac February 24, 2023 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I guess I can’t join, it’ll always be refered to as the Men’s L and Women’s L! I’m old!

  20. Walter Baranowski February 24, 2023 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    All the cardio and gym equipment look new! Hooray! I was fearful the structure would be redone and the old equipment might be put back because it wasn’t in the budget.

  21. Rob K March 5, 2023 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see old friends

  22. Vk March 9, 2023 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Walter Baraanowski, for both comments.
    Re: nestling plovers: There should always be room and respect for the few special creatures we might have the gift to seewatch use the beaches, protected.
    The tremendous height of the ceilings in the locker room and weight room makes me wonder about the cost of heating and AC. This facility was the most energy-eating of any city bldg. except City Hall. Are there solar panelsin use? Are the walls and ceilings now insulated, I hope? Also no pics of community of community spaces, nor a gym or basketball court.

  23. Vk March 9, 2023 at 2:42 pm - Reply


  24. Ucina luna June 17, 2023 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Hello there , God bless everyone !!! Im a member since 1999 of this place. The staff always very kind and attentive i can’t believe my eyes it was worth the wait , i want to thanks all of those who makes the strongest effort to transform this place and make it a reality we are so fortunate and gratefull it is for sure im coming back . Wishing all of you the best of the best , may the lord be with you in all your desire 🙏🏻

  25. john m somers June 20, 2023 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    the plovers have been on that beach for the past 30 years. we have always shared the beach with them. as long as i can remember, there has never been a problem. don’t know what’s changed.

  26. Jonny Weis January 30, 2024 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Great rehab project but they blew it with those ugly replacement window at front facade.

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