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Grand St. Settlement is proud to be the lead community partner of this unprecedented development comprised of residential, commercial and community space.
We are the heart of the project’s commitment to building opportunities and expanding resources for our community. From communal space to social enterprise, we’ll be introducing excitement and innovation.
Picture all the “good” that comes from getting a cup of coffee—from the ritual of the visit, to the warmth of familiarity, to the satisfaction of something made just for you—and now imagine all of that feeling that amplified across an entire community. We’re capturing that good and using it to re-energize the Lower East Side.
GrandLo Café is operated by—and for—local community members and features a youth job training program, cultural and community events, and a communal gathering space. Together, these components contribute to the cafe’s double bottom line: to generate revenue to advance our work in both the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, and to extend to New Yorkers the invitation to be a part of a new wave of community-building.
We are proud to be building the city’s premiere, state-of-the-art intergenerational community center, open to the public and directly supporting older residents of the new development. The community center will feature programming for New Yorkers of all ages and facilitate exciting new partnerships with many of our Essex Crossing neighbors.