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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Fashion & Style page of the New York Times’ web site, you can see the slide show from a particularly star-studded evening at Art Basel in Miami. What’s the Lower East side connection, you ask? Well it was fundraiser, hosted by Chanel for the Dash Snow Initiative at Boys and Girls Republic, which is run by Henry Street Settlement.
Demi Moore was there, along with Lenny Karvitz, Russell Simmons, Martha Srewart and many other A-list celebrities. But more to the point, the dinner and auction raised more than $1 million for Henry Street’s youth programs. Downtown artist Dash Snow died in 2009 of a drug overdose. “All his friends and peers attract a certain type of crowd,” Teddy Liouliakis, Snow’s good friend, told the Times. ”We’re hoping that it can help memorialize Dash in a positive way.”
We’ve received many inquiries from folks wanting to volunteer their time and donate money and supplies. Here are a few requests for help that we have gathered; send details of other efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep the list going.
This was the scene outside the Vladeck public housing complex on Henry Street about an hour ago. The Henry Street Settlement had some hot dogs and hamburgers left over from a recent community day, so staff fried them up and offered a hot lunch to local residents. Today we caught up with David Garza, who’s executive director at Henry Street, one of the neighborhood’s largest social service providers.
The organization serves thousands of seniors at local community centers and operates several senior housing facilities. Garza said 83 families were evacuated from the Urban Family center, a shelter near FDR Drive. People were also evacuated from Helen’s House, a facility on Henry Street for single moms and kids under the age of eight.
It may be only Monday but it’s never too early to start planning for the weekend. On Sunday, Henry Street Settlement will be holding its third annual Community Day. There will be live music, a raffle and free food. There will also be a performance from blues band “The Wiyos.” All of the festivities take place in front of the Abrons Arts Center , 466 Grand Street. Community Day runs for 2-4 p.m.
Once again this summer, the Henry Street Settlement is hosting the Lower East Side Youthmarket on Thursday afternoons. The young people working at the farm stand are graduates of Henry Street’s Young Adult Internship Program. Grow NYC, which oversees the city’s greenmarkets, began partnering with Henry Street last summer.
The idea is to give the students real-world experience while increasing healthy food options in underserved communities. Previously Grow NYC operated a conventional greenmarket on Essex Street, but it never attracted enough business to make it worthwhile for regional farmers.
The Youthmarket takes place alongside the Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays. It will operate until mid-November.
Hundreds of kids from Henry Street Settlement and other organizations rallied yesterday afternoon at the Sol Lain Playground to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to cut after school programs. The Lower East Side would be hit especially hard if the City Council does not persuade the mayor to restore funding. There’s another rally planned this evening at P.S. 124 at 140 Division Street at 6 p.m. The event is being coordinated by the Chinese American Planning Council. City Council member Margaret Chin will be in attendance.
We had a great time taking part in Henry Street Settlement’s old fashioned block party yesterday, in honor of founder Lillian Wald’s 145th birthday. The zumba dance party was a big hit, as you’ll see from the photos posted here. Traven and I even got to help judge our first cake baking contest! Jilian Besemer and Chris McKeever won first-prize for their floral cake “Lilies for Lillian.” Second prize was awarded to Peggy Coon for a banana cake, and third place went to Kira Wizner ( help from her daughters Leilani and Cecily) for a cake entitled Lillian’s Journal.
The Henry Street staff was busy throughout the afternoon giving tours of the organization’s historic main building, which is in the running for a $200,000 preservation grant. Right now, Henry Street and the Tenement Museum are running neck and neck. Click here to vote for the LES sites! And check out more photos.
Here’s a reminder about the old-fashioned block party coming up on Sunday to mark the 145th birthday of Henry Street Settlement founder Lillian Wald. There will be refreshments, entertainment, games and even a cake-baking contest. Judging the contest: Tara Bench (the food editor at Ladies Home Journal), Arthur Schwartz and Rozanne Gold, the owners of Sugar Sweet Sunshine and the editors of The Lo-Down! Uh oh! No dinner for us tonight. The event is free. It takes place from noon-3 p.m. at 265 Henry Street.