Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street Settlement Breaks Ground on New Firehouse Facility it Acquired for $1

Posted November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Henry Street Settlement just entered the next phase of its push to redevelop an iconic Lower East Side firehouse. Work is now unofficially underway at the long-vacant, yet historic, 269 Henry Street. The nonprofit organization held a ceremonial groundbreak to mark the occasion on Friday afternoon. Actual construction is set to commence sometime in […]

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A Decade in the Making, Henry Street Settlement Finally Closes Deal on Historic Firehouse

Last modified October 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

The Henry Street Settlement finally closed the deal on an historic Lower East Side firehouse. A decade in the making, the transfer transpired exactly two years after Mayor Bill de Blasio executed resolution 835, thereby approving the sale of 269 Henry to the organization for the bargain price of $1. Thus ushering in a new chapter for the […]

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Henry Street Settlement Responds to Linda Sarsour Controversy with Bialystoker Synagogue

Posted May 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

When the Henry Street Settlement invited Palestinean-American activist Linda Sarsour to participate in a panel discussion last night, the nearby Bialystoker Synagogue was not pleased. The schul – considered the largest Orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side, took issue with providing a platform to an active supporter of BDS against Israel, and sent a sharply-worded […]

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Lower East Side Rabbi Opposes Henry Street Settlement’s Invitation to BDS Activist Linda Sarsour

Posted May 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

A rift is forming in the Jewish enclave of Grand Street, pitting both sides of the socio-political spectrum against another. Two Lower East Side stalwarts (and neighbors). And it’s much ado over an invitation extended to Palestinian-American activist, and BDS supporter, Linda Sarsour. The Henry Street Settlement invited the anti-Israel activist to participate in a […]

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Henry Street Settlement Receives $360K Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted April 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

The Henry Street Settlement recently won a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Indeed, $360,000 –  the largest non-media grant awarded – has been earmarked to support the settlement’s latest venture, “The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health and Social Reform.” It’s multi-platform exhibition that will “explore social activism, urban poverty and public health […]

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‘Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City’ Book Launch

Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:17 am

Here’s a timely book launch and panel discussion addressing the recent real estate concerns of the neighborhood vis-a-vis rezoning. “Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City” was written as a response to the City’s zoning policies, stating that they have encouraged racial segregation, gentrification and displacement in neighborhoods such as the LES and Chinatown. […]

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Santa Claus is Coming to the Essex Street Market Tomorrow

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

Here’s one Santa who won’t be puking all over the Lower East Side. That’s right: jolly old St. Nick is coming to the Lower East Side this weekend. It’s all part of Essex Street Market’s annual yuletide cheer, which includes making your own ornament, trimming the Market Christmas tree, and hot chocolate and candy canes for everyone, despite […]

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Ghosts in the Playhouse: ‘Sisters’ Follies’ Tribute to 100 Years of Abrons Playhouse [RECAP]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

Halloween is quickly approaching and we’ll probably come across a fair share of ghost stories. But how about a musical ghost story? Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of the Abrons’ Playhouse, Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds is a “spooktacular” directed and designed by Basil Twist (Arias With A Twist, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Symphonie Fantastique) […]

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Henry Street Settlement Inches Closer to Opening Community Facility at the Historic Engine 15 Firehouse

Posted May 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

The four-story firehouse at 269 Henry Street has been sitting vacant since shortly after 9/11. The iconic structure – built in 1884 and owned by the city – previously housed Engine Company 15 which subsequently folded into Ladder 18 a few blocks north on Pitt Street. Henry Street Settlement, however, is inching closer to opening […]

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Today in LES History: Lillian Wald is Born in Cincinnati

Last modified March 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm

1857 – Henry Street Settlement founder Lillian Wald was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her achievements were myriad. Everything from being a Lower East Side “visiting nurse” and inspiring the first public nursing service in the world, to aiding in the creation of the NAACP. 1964 – Lower East Side social service agency Mobilization for Youth organized […]

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