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.

Dash Snow Initiative Raises More Than $1 Million For Henry Street Settlement

Still image from New York Times web site.

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.” 

Friday Morning Call for Volunteers, Donations

Volunteers at Henry Street Settlement are organizing supplies this morning.

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 info@thelodownny.com and we will keep the list going.

  • The Educational Alliance has been visiting seniors door to door, delivering water, food and information and will be at it again today, including hot meals. They can use donations of the following items: bottled water, blankets, gloves, canned kosher soup,  AA, D and 9-volt batteries, flashlights, lanterns, battery-powered radios, baby wipes and Russian language newspapers.  Items should be dropped off at their office at 232 E. Broadway between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today. More details about the effort from their newsletter. They are also accepting financial donations here.
  • The Henry Street Settlement will also be focusing on visiting home-bound seniors today and needs help unloading a large amount of supplies delivered by FEMA yesterday. Just show up at their headquarters, 265 Henry St. any time today. More details on their Facebook page.
  • The Occupy NYC-backed effort, LES Recovers, is publishing a running list of needs on its website. They are seeking volunteers to knock on doors to distribute supplies and information at the following locations and times: GOLES, 171 Ave B between 10th & 11th St. Friday & Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; CAAAV, 46 Hester St. Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Smith Apartments, 46 Madison St. Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

After the Storm: Henry St. Settlement Serving Elderly

Vladeck Houses, earlier today.

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.