Goddard Riverside strives toward a fair and just society where all people can make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families. We serve more than 20,000 New Yorkers each year with programs ranging from Early Childhood Education to Older Adult Centers.

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Two women pet a black standard poodle who is wearing a red bandana

Therapy Dogs Bring Puppy Love to Lincoln Square

The dogs are a conversation-starter and a source of comfort on their weekly visits to our Lincoln Square Older Adult Center.

Johnny Barnes holds up two laminated photos of his biggest screen roles

A Big-Screen Boxer Fights for Housing Rights

Johnny Barnes played Sugar Ray Robinson in the Martin Scorcese classic “Raging Bull.” With Goddard’s help he has successfully fought for his housing rights—and helped other New Yorkers too.

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24mar 7:00PM

“Love Letter to Me: Open Up Your Eyes”

Self-talk/self-care soul-jazz cabaret of original empowerment anthems; “How you perceive yourself is how you be yourself.”

Through humorous intimate stories, original songs, and spoken-word, Paula Ralph Birkett discovers the words of acceptance that reside in all of us but are so often hard to read. Her band including guitar, keyboards, and percussion bring these ideas to life, followed by a brief audience talkback to discuss its themes.

Pay-What-You-Can, Registration Required.

25mar 2:00PM

Ida B. Wells Story Hour presented by Joyce Jacobs

A event for families and children!

Geared at the K-4th grade age group, writer & elementary educator Joyce Jacobs will use visual aids and original material to share the history of Ida B. Wells whose critical work as a teacher, journalist, activist, speaker, and suffragette helped earn women the right to vote.

Free, Registration Required.

28mar 8:00PM

Ruthless Comedy Hour

Join W.H.A.M. for a comedy variety show “for grownups with half an effing brain” with Karen Bergreen, Cynthia Kaplan & Cory Kahaney.

Pay-What-You-Can, Registration Required.

31mar 7:00PM

“The Pursuit of Happily Ever After” by Liz Morgan

Join us for an multifaceted immersive theatre piece about immigrant rights with an advocacy engagement strategy.

Pay-What-You-Can, Registration Required