Dancing In The (Henry) Street at Community Day

By Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street was alive with music, dancing, and the smells of delicious foods on Sunday, September 15, as more than 1,200 community members joined Henry Street and Visiting Nurse Service of New York for a joyous Community Day block party to celebrate our vibrant community. The party was the second-annual, after the hit celebration last year, to mark both organizations’ 125th anniversaries, proved too much fun to not to repeat!

Partygoers danced to music from Hot 97’s DJ Tra$e and fueled up for more energy at food trucks including Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, El Toro Rojo, Phil’s Steaks, and Uncle Louie G’s, and sampled local delicacies from The Pickle Guys, Que Chèvre, Claw Daddy’s, Insomnia Cookies, and Economy Candy. Cornhole and oversized Checkers and Score Four boards kept kids busy for yours. Team members from Henry Street Settlement and Visiting Nurse Service of New York shared information on programming, along with the event’s official transportation partner, NYC Ferry, who also had games and giveaways.

DJ Tra$e kept the beat all afternoon at Henry Street and Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Community Day.

Local elected officials joined the celebration in force, presenting proclamations and congratulating the two organizations on their service to New York City. They included U.S. Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Carolyn Maloney, and New York State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh.

DJ Tra$e spins Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday to You!” for Soleil (center), celebrating her ninth birthday at Community Day!

East Village Dance Project ballerinas took to the street.

They’re dancing in the street—a Soca music medley.

Che Chevere dishes up Puerto Rican cuisine.

Henry Street board member Sua Ann Huahng-Santos and Henry Street CEO David Garza soak up the sun.

 Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney visits the crafts table.

The New York State Assembly sent a proclamation, signed by local Assemblymember Yuh Line Niou.

All photos by Cesarin Mateo.

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