January 18, 2018 / News, Uncategorized / Posted by Erica Wong

RFP for Pre-Construction and Construction Services for Grand St. Settlement

Grand St. Settlement is seeking a Construction Manager to provide Pre-Construction and CM services for a a State of Good Repair program that includes infrastructure and code compliance upgrades to our 80 Pitt Street location on the Lower East Side. Please click here to view the RFP…

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November 27, 2017 / Headlines, News / Posted by Erica Wong

Local Celebrities Give Away Turkeys at Unity Plaza Community Center

Celebrities such as former New York Giant Deon Grant and musician Lil’ Mama helped distribute free turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday at our Unity Plaza Community Center in Brooklyn. Grand St. Settlement partnered with The Grant Foundation, NorthStar Charities, Man Up!, and Meda Leacock to give…

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November 21, 2017 / Headlines, News / Posted by Clovis Thorn

Kickstart Our Kickstarter

Do you want to invest in the first #noshforprofit? Our Kickstarter campaign for GrandLo Café, our upcoming social enterprise, is live! Help us get to $25,000 and change the lives of young people in NYC. Click here to learn more about GrandLo Café and support a job…

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September 19, 2017 / Inspiration, News / Posted by mcodev

Deserving kids get fresh back-to-school cuts

Grand St Settlement’s Robert Cordero was inspired by his childhood spent in barber shops to give back to the kids his organization serves.  Watch the video on the Today Show.

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September 15, 2017 / News, Press Releases / Posted by mcodev
Robert Cordero on Nasdaq TradeTalks

Nasdaq’s Jill Malandrino Interviews Robert Cordero, Executive Director Grand St Settlement, on TradeTalks

Executive Director Robert Cordero was interviewed by Nasdaq about the importance of quality after school programs and volunteerism in September 2017.

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September 14, 2016 / Headlines, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Raise the Roof

The merrily waving flag atop the new building at Site 6 of Essex Crossing marks a grand occasion. For half a century, swaths of the Lower East Side have stood silent testament to the community’s need for resources, communal space, and affordable housing. This neighborhood has…

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July 11, 2016 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

A Moment of Unity

Dear Friends,   When confronted with the violence, oppression, and unnecessary hatred of the many shootings that have taken place across our nation this summer, it is easy to feel inconsequential in the face of the bigger picture. When we try to contemplate the horror of…

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June 21, 2016 / Grand Strategy, News / Posted by Elise Hanks


Emily Lederman, our new Community Organizing and Policy Advocate   Thanks to The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Grand St. Settlement will welcome it’s first Public Fellow in September 0f 2016. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program pairs government and nonprofit agencies with…

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May 9, 2016 / Inspiration, News, Stories From The Settlement / Posted by Elise Hanks

She Made Success Her Business

We couldn’t be more proud of Sylvia M. Montero, our Board President, for being an exemplary model of what our mission is all about. Sylvia continues to invest in the Lower East Side, the community where she grew up as a young Latina who had moved…

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March 7, 2016 / Inspiration, News, Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

World Speech Day to Mark First Grand St. Settlement Youth Debate Tournament

Middle school students from each of Grand St. Settlement’s six Manhattan afterschool sites will send their champions to the agency’s first-ever debate tournament on Tuesday, March 15, World Speech Day. The students have been preparing arguments about the issue of gentrification in their neighborhoods and will…

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February 19, 2016 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Ommm into your Weekend

“Say ‘hi toes!’”     You probably don’t start most weekday mornings with a gleeful good morning to the very part of your body that leads you away from your bed. It’s a different story in our Toddler Yoga class thanks to Liz Warren, an educator…

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January 27, 2016 / News, Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Grand St. Settlement Selected As Host for ACLS Public Fellows Program

NEW YORK, NY   On January 14, 2016, Grand St. Settlement announced its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. A recent PhD…

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December 29, 2015 / Headlines / Posted by Elise Hanks

This Year’s Top Moments

This was a big year for us! We significantly expanded our services and impact to reach more New Yorkers in need: We also received big awards at both the local and national levels: President Obama named us a national leader in early childhood education, and the…

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December 11, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Parrandas, a Photo Contest, and More Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

TGIF! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and if this puzzling weather has been keeping you from getting into the holiday spirit, we have just what you need to get festive! Our seniors are spreading holiday cheer all across the Lower East Side with…

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December 1, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

How to #JUMPSTARTCHANGE this #GivingTuesday

Hot on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday is a day for talking about giving instead of getting.  We invite you to join Grand St. Settlement as we share what we are doing to give back and #JUMPSTARTCHANGE in our community….

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November 24, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

Settlement Superheroes, Bushwick Coat Drive, Family Volunteer Day and More!

TGI… a short week! This round-up is coming to you smack in the middle of a short week because last Friday found all hands on deck at Grand St. Settlement. Our Community Center at 80 Pitt Street welcomed nearly 300 staff members from all departments, program…

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November 24, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

Baby It’s Cold in Brooklyn

The team at our Bushwick-Hylan Community Center is hosting their first annual Coat Drive! Please bring any gently used winter items before December 18th so that we can make the holidays cozy and warm for more Brooklynites! Contact Michael Vaz at 718-453-8116 or

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November 18, 2015 / Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Grand St. Settlement to Host Service Project in Celebration of Family Volunteer Day

NEW YORK, NY On Saturday, November 21st, Grand St. Settlement will join Disney Friends for Change and generationOn to engage families in acts of service in celebration of Family Volunteer Day.  For 25 years, Family Volunteer Day has been held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday…

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November 13, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

From a Neighborhood Far, Far Away… a Visitor from the Bronx, How to Use the (Nonprofit) Force, and More!

TGIF! This week, Robert introduced our youth programs to an old neighbor and friend of his. Our special guest came all the way down from the Bronx to see what was cooking in our culinary arts program, hang with a few of our hoop stars, and…

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November 11, 2015 / Bold Charges / Posted by Elise Hanks

Grand St. Settlement Helps Pioneer New Data Tools for Community Schools

In an article published by Chalkbeat NY, Patrick Wall gets to the heart of the power of data. This school year, new  data tools created with Google Drive  are helping schools “transform the contents of several clunky education department databases into an intricate picture of student behavior” – and…

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November 6, 2015 / Headlines / Posted by Elise Hanks

A Taste of the Past, Career Day, New Partnerships, and more!

TGIF! First things first – who doesn’t love a good sandwich? This past Tuesday was #NationalSandwichDay (yum!), and our friends at the Museum of the City of New York shared this old-school photo of a boy and his sandwich at Grand Street Settlement from the 1940s! Things haven’t changed much since then. We…

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November 3, 2015 / Stories From The Settlement / Posted by Elise Hanks
Ashwini Hardikar Honored at Conference

Protect Your Cake!

Why a Settlement House is the Place to Work as a Sexual Health Professional   “Protect Your Cake!” proclaimed the sign outside of the Grand St. Settlement’s Community Center at 80 Pitt Street. Passersby smiled and many came to the table where peer educators from Project…

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October 30, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Happy Haunting! A neighborhood round up of costume parties, trick-or-treating, and more!

TGIF! It’s Halloween weekend and we can’t help but feel like we sure are sitting pretty. This weekend is when it feels good to be in your own ‘hood. Not to brag, but we’re pretty happy to have not one, not two, but seven neighborhoods to enjoy…

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October 23, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

A Little Bit of History: Conversations with Dr. Angela Davis, A Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and More!

TGIF! As you may know, Dr. Angela Davis came to town this week – and our Project Speak Out Loud team was there to watch her bring down the house! Pace University hosted the renowned activist and scholar, who delivered a meditation and conversation on the importance…

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October 16, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Finally Fall: Getting a Head Start, 3D Printing the Future, and More!

#TGIF! It’s something in the air. Here at Grand St. Settlement, we knew it was fall when our afterschool and early childhood programs settled into the rhythms of the school year. New classrooms, friends and teams have sprung up all over the place – we start this…

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September 28, 2015 / Bold Charges / Posted by Elise Hanks

JUMPstarting Changes Big and Small to Better Our City

On Saturday, September 26, over 1,000 New Yorkers came together to jump-start the changes they wanted to see in our community and city at our #JUMPstartChange Rally. Community members, leaders, and Grand St. Settlement staff took part in community service projects – packing 100 fly bags…

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September 21, 2015 / Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Community Rally Kicks Off Centennial

NEW YORK, NY On Saturday, September 26th, 100 days before its 100th year, Grand St. Settlement will throw a celebration to bring together hundreds of New Yorkers in the name of jump-starting the changes they want to see in communities across New York City. Beginning at…

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August 17, 2015 / Headlines / Posted by Elise Hanks

Shaking Up Brooklyn with Youth Fest!

This summer, our campers put all their creative, leadership, and STEM skills to the test in our Global Awareness challenge, where they worked in groups to create interactive projects illustrating global issues facing the world today. Throughout July and August, campers researched the history, cultural contributions,…

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May 6, 2015 / Bold Charges, Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Grand St. Settlement Names New Executive Director

NEW YORK, NY The Grand St. Settlement Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Cordero as executive director of the historic human services nonprofit. Prior to joining Grand St. Settlement, Cordero was President and Chief Program Officer of BOOM!Health, the product of…

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February 13, 2015 / Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Leadership Transition Announced at Grand St. Settlement

NEW YORK, NY Margarita Rosa, Executive Director of Grand St. Settlement since May 15, 1995, has announced that she will step down from that position to continue her work in the field of social justice advocacy. She will join the National Center for Law and Economic…

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January 8, 2015 / Headlines, Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

Grand St. Settlement Awarded New Early Childhood Funding from the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. During the White House Summit on Early Education, held in December of 2014, President Obama named Grand St. Settlement a leader in the field of early education, honoring the historic agency with a multi-million dollar opportunity to share its expertise with other education and…

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July 8, 2014 / Headlines / Posted by Elise Hanks

Mayor de Blasio’s Visit Kicks Off Summer of Enrichment

On July 7th, 2014, Grand St. Settlement welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong to its 80 Pitt Street Community Center to kick off summer enrichment activities for middle school students. The Mayor’s visit to our Summer Day…

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May 12, 2014 / News / Posted by Elise Hanks

The Lower East Side: A Pocket of Resilience and Regeneration

In yesterday’s The New York Times, David Gonzales published a meditation on the sense of loss a community “disappeared” can experience. Here in the Lower East Side, community is a word strung together by many ties: those of traditions inherited from generations and homes past; of cultures both preserved…

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February 13, 2014 / Stories From The Settlement / Posted by Elise Hanks

Roots that Stem from the Community

Everyone wants to know what brings Dr. Christina López to Grand St. Settlement. Our 80 Pitt Street Community Center has a new Youth Services Center Director who is getting everybody fired up, though no one is more enthusiastic than Christina herself. As a teen she participated…

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September 11, 2013 / Stories From The Settlement / Posted by Elise Hanks

Head of the Class

September brings the first day of school, a day often anticipated with both excitement and a little anxiety medicine buy clonazepam online and heralded with much fanfare. This is perhaps most true for the parents of young children just beginning their academic careers. This week, nearly…

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