Good Morning: Cuomo on the LES, the EDC’s Seward Park Role, 183 East Broadway Saga Continues

A soggy start to the week, weather wise. A high of 58 today with showers continuing through the night, and maybe into tomorrow. 

In the Boardroom and Beyond: University Settlement’s Youth Movement

Maxwell Hatfield-Biondo, Marrissa Xavier, Katie Sexton, Emily Morgan, Elizabeth Hoffman and Katherine Philip

Last month on the lush rooftop of the Delancey, a group of youthful New Yorkers gathered for a good cause.  It was a summer kickoff event hosted by the “Innovator’s Guild,” University Settlement’s new organization for young professionals.  Katie Sexton (pictured, third from the left) is a driving influence behind the fledgling group.  A recent college graduate, she also happens to hold a seat on the board of directors of this country’s oldest settlement house. Recently, we chatted with Katie about her path to the boardroom, and about helping to lead one of the Lower East Side’s most venerable social service institutions.

A Rooftop Fundraiser to Benefit University Settlement

The University Settlement is throwing a party on the rooftop of the Delancey Wednesday night.  “Signature New York” is a fundraiser sponsored by the organization’s young professionals. The idea is, of course, to help support University Settlement’s many programs aiding under-served communities on the Lower East Side. But it’s also designed to get young people involved in one of the country’s oldest social service institutions.

Live Arts Collaboration at University Settlment’s Monday Night Salon

The Performance Project at University Settlement is hosting a free Monday Night Salon series throughout their spring season.  Tonight, they team up with Live Arts Collaboration to present 5 selected artists from across disciplines who will share samples of their work, illuminate their process and seek out collaboration, conversation and connection.

Joseph Webb Quartet Comes to The Performance Project

Actor, dancer and poet Joseph Webb (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk) will be helping University Settlement kick off the Spring Season of The Performance Project this Friday at 8pm. His latest project, The Joseph Webb Quartet, is a blend of hip-hop, jazz, soul, tap dance and spoken word. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 for students and seniors, $5 for youth 18 and under.

Grand Street Settlement to Host LES Youth Day


photos courtesy of Grand St. Settlement

Five hundred community youth and their families will turn out for Grand Street Settlement's 3rd Annual Lower East Side Youth Day at P.S.142 on the corner of Delancey and Attorney Streets. The Youth Day, which goes from 11AM – 4 PM on Friday, August 14th, will feature:


  • Performances starting at 2:00PM

  • A live D.J.

  • Artwork displayed

  • Free BBQ lunch to all participants and guests

  • Information booths from: HEAT (Health & Education Alternatives for Teens), Project KISS, MetroPlus and FreeArts NYC

Other Lower East Side
community centers and Settlement houses will be in attendance,
including summer day campers from P.S. 15, University Settlement and
the Educational Alliance.


photos courtesy of Grand St. Settlement

Youth Day is about bringing together young people from all over the Lower East Side
to showcase their talents, network with their peers, and to distribute
valuable resources and information on health, education and Grand
Street Settlement's youth programs. The Day is primarily organized by
Grand Street Settlement's own young people. Tweens and Teen facilitate
much of the fundraising by holding bake sales and going door-to-door to
businesses in the neighborhood asking for cash or in-kind donations.