City Council Approves Transfer of Fire House to Henry Street Settlement

Jayson Williams Returns to Lower East Side For Mentorship Program

Henry Street Settlement Celebrates Playhouse Centennial

Henry Street Settlement Announces $20 Million Renovation; Firehouse, Amphitheater Revamps Planned

Rendering of new Neighborhood Resource Center, 269 Henry St. Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle.

Rendering of new Neighborhood Resource Center, 269 Henry St. Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle.

The Henry Street Settlement is preparing a major upgrade of its Lower East Side facilities, including the renovation of an historic firehouse, creating a new Neighborhood Resource Center, and the transformation of the amphitheater at the Abrons Arts Center.  Fundraising for the project, which now carries a $20 million price tag, is nearly complete. Henry Street is a little more than $3 million away from achieving its goal.

GrowNYC Youthmarket Returns to Grand Street Thursday

Henry Street Throws a Block Party For Lillian Wald; You’re Invited to Bake a Cake!

You’re Invited: Henry Street Settlement Town Hall April 6

Students Graduate From Bicycle Skills Academy at Henry Street Settlement

De Blasio Chooses Henry Street Settlement to Announce Latest Appointment

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio came to the Lower East Side yesterday to announce his pick to lead the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

Henry Street Settlement Creates Rain Garden

Henry Street Settlement builds a rain garden within the Martin Luther King Community Park.

Grand Street’s Youthmarket Produce Stand Returns Tomorrow

Support regional farmers and neighborhood youth employment programs at the same time, while stocking your refrigerator with produce from the Lower East Side Youthmarket which returns to Grand Street for a third summer tomorrow afternoon.

Celebrity Chefs Help Celebrate Katz’s and Support Henry Street Settlement

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There has been no shortage of hoopla around Katz’s Delicatessen’s 125th anniversary.  Here’s (probably) the last word from us: a few scenes from Friday night’s charity dinner at the Ludlow Street institution in support of Henry Street Settlement.  Celebrity chefs Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese), Joey Campanaro (Little Owl), Bill Telepan and Sarabeth Levine each prepared a course paying homage to deli cuisine.

Bowien, for example, served Kung Pao Pastrami.  Telepan prepared a modern version of “chicken-in-the-pot.”  Many other high profile chefs were in attendance, including Wylie Dufresne of wd-50 and Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster in Harlem.  Comedian Gilbert Gottfried served up a steady diet of amusing insults.  He kept calling Henry Street’s Executive Director David Garza “Steve.”    Gottfried said Katz’s waiters don’t ask, “Is everything is all right,” buth rather, “Is ANYTHING all right?” A few mayoral candidates stopped by throughout the evening, including John Liu and Joe Lhota. Click through for more photos.

Henry Street’s Homeless Shelter Celebrates 40 Years

Verona Middleton-Jeter, David Garza, and Margarita Lopez,

Verona Middleton-Jeter, David Garza, and Margarita Lopez,

Earlier this month, we attended a commemoration at Henry Street Settlement for the Urban Family Center, which was a trailblazing homeless shelter when it opened 40 years ago and continues as a valuable community resource today.  Henry Street Executive Director David Garza led the event at Abrons Arts Center.  Among the attendees: his predecessor, Verona Middleton-Jeter, and Margarita Lopez, a NYCHA board member.

Before the Urban Family Center was created in 1972, many homeless families were living in horrible conditions in welfare hotels. The facility, located at 130 Baruch Place,  houses 82 families in individual apartments.  The temporary housing is paired with an array of social services meant to help families get back on their feet.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Ralph Da Costa-Nunez of the non-profit organization, Homes for the Homeless, said Henry Street, in creating the shelter, showed city agencies a better way to deal with a pervasive problem. In part due to the organization’s early efforts, he added, “New York is still the number one place in the country for dealing humanely with the homeless.”

During the commemoration, special awards were presented to several people, including Danny Kronenfeld, founding director of the Urban Family Center and Henry Street’s former executive director.


Celebrate Katz’s, Support Henry Street Settlement


There’s, of course, a lot of hoopla around Katz’s 125th anniversary. The Henry Street Settlement is getting in on the act later this month with a benefit event featuring the legendary Lower East Side deli and some of the city’s most well known chefs.  There will be a tasting menu highlighting some of Katz’s classics as well as dishes from Little Owl’s Joey Campanaro, Mission Chinese’s Danny Bowien, Telepan’s Bill Telepan and noted pastry chef Sarabeth Levine.  The Shabbat dinner, taking place May 31, benefits Henry Street’s programs.  Click here for more info.


Photos: Art Show Benefiting Henry Street Settlement

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Stephanie Gordon, Henry Street arts coordinator; Joan Mack, board member; Hennrietta Ho-Asjoe, board member. Photos by Tim Schreier.

The Art Show took place at the Park Avenue Armory March 6-10.  The show, celebrating its 25th year, benefits Henry Street Settlement. The photos you see here are courtesy Tim Schreier.