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

How Goddard Helps a Big-Screen Boxer Fight for his Housing 

Johnny Barnes is 80 now, but he remembers boxing with Robert DeNiro as if it were yesterday.   De Niro was playing middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. Barnes was playing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Robinson. The movie was Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull—still considered one of the greatest films of all time.   The fighting had […]

A child totally covered by a blanket naps on a mattress on the floor. A sign in the background reads How Do You Feel? and shows faces with different emotions that the children can pick to express their feelings.

From Naptime to Learning Time, Renovations Bring a Cozy New Energy to West 91st Street Early Learning Center

Cozy, child-sized armchairs. Soothing colors. A welcoming reception area. Our West 91st Street Early Childhood Education Center has just been renovated, and to Director Angelica Perez, the difference is palpable.  “When the teachers came back, they said it felt peaceful and calming,” she recalled. “There’s a completely different energy in the classrooms.”  In the entryway to the classroom there’s a mirror positioned at child level. Colorful badges with messages like […]

Goddard Riverside Book Fair Logo featuring the Goddard logo with the words Book Fair and a row of books in red, blue, green, gold and purple

Times are Changing—and the Book Fair is Too

Goddard Riverside’s holiday book sale is changing its format and its place on the calendar. “We have loved sharing the Book Fair with you every November for the last 35 years,” said Goddard Executive Director Roderick L. Jones. “But the publishing world is changing, and this event must change too.”  While the Book Fair was […]

A collage of books shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside book prizes

Ten Social Justice Books You—and Your Child—Won’t be Able to Put Down

The shortlists for our book prizes are in, and they’re packed with challenging and inspiring works on subjects from homelessness to immigration. Stay tuned: we’ll announce the winners of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice and the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice on October 13.  “Great social […]

A smiling boy holds a book in the dining room and gymnasium at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center

Times are Changing—And the Book Fair is Too

Our holiday book sale is transforming into a children’s book giveaway—and moving from Fall to Summer. “We have loved sharing the Book Fair with you every November for more than 30 years,” said Roderick L. Jones, executive director of the Upper West Side human service nonprofit. “But the publishing world is changing, and this event […]

A Bash to Remember

Thanks to everyone who came out to our annual Social Justice Never Sleeps Bash at Monarch Rooftop this week! We had a beautiful evening and a great crowd of nearly 200 people. Everyone enjoyed drinks and light bites while learning about our work over the last year and celebrating the ten great books on the […]

Shortlists Announced for Social Justice Book Prizes

Click for more information about our book prizes Ten compelling titles are shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice and the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice. The winners of both prizes will be announced online on October 13.  The Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for […]

Little boy wearing a bookbag

Backpack Giveaways are a Big Hit

“There’s toys! There’s toys!” a small girl called out. She dashed across the dining room at our partner, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, to get a closer look. “Best. Day. Ever.” announced another child. The room was lined with tables containing backpacks, markers, crayons, post-it notes, calculators and other school supplies for all ages. […]

Three people viewed from the side sit behind a table engaged in conversation with unseen guests

Downtown’s Newest Pop-Up: Homeless Outreach 

Eddie* had an apartment, but somehow he was still living on the street.  At a table in front of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, he told our homeless outreach team that everything had gone wrong when he let his sister and the sister’s abusive partner move in. Their cruelty quickly drove him out. A frail-looking man […]