Party Like It's 1899 (2012)

May 1, 2012 -

Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, Jacob A. Riis Collection

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Forget 16 Candles — Henry Street is lighting 145! We're celebrating the 145th birthday of our founder, Lillian Wald with an old-fashioned block party, free and open to all.

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: In front of 265 Henry Street (at Montgomery Street) on Manhattan's Lower East Side


  • Old-fashioned street games for children (stickball, ringalevio and more!)
  • Refreshments (including birthday cupcakes)
  • Birthday Cake baking contest*
  • Arts & crafts activity for children
  • Music
  • Tours of Henry Street’s c. 1832 historic headquarters

*Birthday Cake Contest Rules:

  • Limit of 20 entrants; one cake per entrant
  • Cakes must be dropped off at event by 1 p.m.
  • Any size or shape permitted
  • A list of ingredients must accompany the cake
  • Cakes will be judged on appearance, originality, taste and interpretation of the birthday party theme.
  • Advance registration is required by May 3. Write to with "CAKE CONTEST" in the subject line.