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FYI: A host of elected officials gathered this morning at the 59th Street Recreation Center to announce new funds for a $25 to $30 million renovation of the 100-year-old publicly owned bathhouse. City Councilmember Gale Brewer touted $1.4 million from the city’s capital funds, which will accompany $300,000 from Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and $100,000 in federal money. But the largest contribution announced today was $2.6 million from a zoning variance with developer Tishman-Speyers, which has projects in the neighborhood. The baths will get a new outdoor pool and fitness center. The timing is certainly good: Earlier this week, the city health department reported the results of a 2002 survey that found half of New Yorkers are overweight and a fifth are obese, citing a lack of physical activity. The rates were highest, however, not on the Upper West Side but in the South Bronx, Harlem and several low-income Brooklyn neighborhoods. [8/14/03]

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