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Social Justice Book Prize Winners Announced

Children Under Fire: An American Crisis and Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories have won Goddard Riverside’s 2021 social justice book prizes.  Pura’s Cuentos, by Annette Bay Pimentel with illustrations by Magaly Morales [Harry N. Abrams], won the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice. The book captures the exuberant spirit and passion of Pura Belpré: celebrated storyteller, author and folklorist, and the first Latina […]

Your Favorite Fall Events are Back!

Fall means events at Goddard Riverside: especially the Gala, Book Fair and Book Bash. Last year we took them online due to the COVID pandemic. Now they’re back in person, with measures designed to keep you safe.  Annual Gala: We’ve booked the Gala for Monday, October 18. This year’s Gala will take place at Monarch Rooftop, a spacious indoor/outdoor lounge bar with stunning views of the Empire State Building […]

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“I want them to know it’s possible”: a TOP Opportunities story

Nicole is a woman in her fifties, neatly dressed with a radiant smile. She currently works as a receptionist and soon will begin a public-facing job for a government agency.   She’s also been living with mental illness for almost two decades.   It started in the early 2000s when her great-grandmother, who had raised her like […]

A Partnership Years in the Making: Goddard Riverside and Isaacs Center

Two Historic Settlement Houses Announce Strategic Alignment  Goddard Riverside Executive Director Roderick Jones is New York City born and raised, but when he took over the leadership position here he was also the new kid on the block. He’d been the head of a settlement house in St. Louis for several years, and before that […]

Meals and Activities, 593 Columbus—September 2021

Breakfast and Lunch Signups are no longer required. Just come join us! There will be two seatings daily: 11:30-12:30 and 12:45-1:45. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday     Sept. 1 Pork Link Pancakes Oatmeal Cantaloupe  Turkey Burgers French Fries Mixed Salad Orange     Sept. 2  Sliced Deli Turkey English Muffin Oatmeal Apple Juice   Bag Lunch  Sept. 3 Peppers & Onion Omelette Oatmeal Apple  Baked Fish Baked Potatoes Carrots Peach   Sept. 6Swiss Cheese Oatmeal Apple Orange Juice  Stew Chicken Rice and […]

“We are the Future”: #DegreesNYC Youth Leader Darleny Suriel Testifies Before Congress

The cost of college includes way more than tuition—and the government must double its Pell Grants if it truly wants to help students complete their education, #DegreesNYC Youth Council Co-Coordinator Darleny Suriel testified to Congress in late July.  Sometimes not having subway fare is a make-or-break situation, she told the House Committee on Education and Labor. “While attending Borough of Manhattan Community College as a […]

Summer Programs Offer Togetherness After a Challenging Year

Slime is all the rage at our Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center summer youth program. There’s a table permanently dedicated to it across the lobby from the gym, loaded up with glue, shaving cream, contact lens solution, baking soda, dye and essential oils. Several girls between eight and fifteen years old were gathered there on a recent Tuesday evening, measuring ingredients and blending them in paper cups with the intense […]

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Food for the Soul at our Lincoln Square Food Pantries

Our Lincoln Square location has been hosting food pantries since 2017. This summer, we’re offering nourishment for the soul, too—in the form of live music.   Students from the Kaufman Music Center, a nonprofit that offers musical instruction for all ages and runs a music-centered public school, will perform every Thursday in August while people pick up their food.  At the debut performance last week, two Bens — Ben Barham-Wiese on drums, […]

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“I was waiting for it!”: Older Adult Centers Reopen with Dancing and BBQ

At the grand reopening of our Lincoln Square Older Adult Center, a DJ spun tunes ranging from Golden Oldies to contemporary bachata. The large dining room was filling up in advance of lunchtime, and a handful of members got up to dance. “I’m very happy,” said Blanca Padilla, sporting a sparkly headband and numerous pieces […]

Meals and Activities, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center—August 2021

Breakfast and Lunch We serve lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. LUNCH TICKET DISTRIBUTION starts at 11:00 AM.  Suggested Contribution for Seniors: $ 1.50  Home Attendants, Guests, Volunteers and Staff Must Pay $3.00 Sign up for meal online or contacting one of the following people: *All Meals served w/ Fruit,  1% Milk and Bread. **Our Menu […]