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A Lesson in Empathy

I believe deeply in the potential of every human being. I’m grateful to have a job where I get to invest in building that potential every day. But recently I was reminded that we all struggle with our own internal biases in our relationships with other people.  I was riding the train and a gentleman […]

Gala Series Features Exciting Conversations on the Issues of the Day

Get your Gala tickets here! This year’s Annual Gala will be the first of its kind. We’ve taken our usual one-night celebration and spread it out over every Thursday evening in October! Starting on October 1, we’re bringing you a series of fascinating conversations on social justice issues. October 1: Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Analyst. Could there […]

Crismary Lopez and her tutor Jane O'Connor at the Star Learning Center

A Star Learning Center Student Shines

With an admission rate of about 4 percent, New York City’s Prep for Prep program is a little more competitive than Harvard and significantly tougher than getting into Yale. But those odds were no match for Star Learning Center 5th grader Crismary Lopez of Washington Heights, who was accepted into the program earlier this year.  Prep for […]

Stephan Russo speaking at a rally for supportive housing in 2015

“There Clearly Are Answers”: A Lifetime of Lessons in Fighting Homelessness

Learn more about our supportive housing and homeless outreach programs! The current controversy over homelessness on the Upper West Side has made headlines across the country. But to former Goddard Riverside Executive Director Stephan Russo, it’s old news — part of an decades-long battle over who “belongs” on the Upper West Side and who doesn’t. […]

Executive Director Roderick L. Jones and host Angela Henry share the podium at the 2019 Goddard Gala

From the Book Fair to the Gala, our Fall Events are On!

Gala Tickets are on sale now! Click here to buy a ticket or become a sponsor. Goddard Riverside’s festive fall gatherings are going forward — but they’ll look a little different this year due to COVID-19. As usual, the Annual Gala leads the way. Instead of one night, this year’s Gala will fill five consecutive […]

Law Project Wins A Battle—But Landlord’s War Against Tenants Continues

What if you woke up one morning to discover your building had become a hotel? Strangers arriving late at night, talking and smoking in the halls. Sex workers renting rooms for business. Out-of-towners throwing loud parties. It happened to Richard Amelius. “We started seeing maid carts and they were fully occupying the elevator all day […]

Why We Fight for Housing

Ninety-seven hours a week. Two and a half full-time jobs! That’s how much the the average minimum-wage earner in the U.S. would have to work in order to rent a two-bedroom home. Having a decent place to live is essential to realizing your full potential. But housing is simply out of reach for far too many […]

Side-by-side photos of Antonio Cortorreal and Lamiya Rahman, each wearing a shirt from the school they will attend i the fall

“I Want to Create a Path”: Options Scholars Prepare to Shine

There are lots of things that inspire people to become doctors. Lamiya Rahman’s high school lab class is one of the more unusual ones. “I got got a chance to take forensics. We conducted autopsy reports on Barbie dolls!” she says on the phone from her famiily’s home in Jackson Heights.  Rahman also enjoyed anatomy […]