Events at Henry Street

Check out everything happening at Henry Street the week of November 12, 2018


WEDNESDAY: Guided Tour of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church’s Slave Galleries

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church is one of the last remaining churches that has maintained the structural integrity of its “slave galleries,” the upper level of the sanctuary where enslaved people and free people of color were forced to worship segregated from the white congregation. On the 190th anniversary of the church, join us for a series of intimate guided tours of the Galleries with Penny King and Sandra Walker, co-chairs of The St. Augustine’s Project. Please note that the Slave Galleries are accessible only by stairs.

November 14 | 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. | St. Augustine’s (290 Henry Street) | Suggested donation: $5 or $10


Big Dance Theater’s latest work, ANTIGONICK, is a rough cut play of Anne Carson’s one-act, radical-feminist philosophical take on Sophocles’ Antigone. In Carson’s theatrical perspective on Antigone’s role as a humanist and antagonist, the intellectual excitement of ANTIGONICK lies in how she loses, why her peaceful resistance matters, and the sobering consequences of the Antigone/Creon face-off.

November 14-17 | 7:30 & 8 p.m. | Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street) | Buy tickets » 

THURSDAY: Youthmarket at Abrons Arts Center

It’s the final week of the GrowNYC Youthmarket! Stop by on Thursday to grab some fresh produce, cooking demos, food items, and more. 

November 15 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street)

THURSDAY: Dreamcrusher Record Release Party

Join Abrons Arts Center for Dreamcrusher’s Record Release Party, featuring performances by BEARCAT, Kill Alters, Channel 63, DJ President Evil and other special guests. 

November 15 | 8 p.m. | Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street) | Buy tickets »


  • denzel russell: how the Other 1/2 lived: denzel russell utilizes light as a language to interrogate the history of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and its “slave galleries.” The installation reflects on marginalization in order to understand the lives of the 19th century Black New Yorkers who were relegated to the galleries, and calls for publics to approach these spaces with reverence and appreciation for the spirits who occupy them. Through November 29 at St. Augustine’s (333 Madison Street)
  • How to see in the dark: curated by 2018 AIRspace Curator in Residence Christian Camacho-Light, this exhibit looks to artists who share an interest in the politics of visibility. Works in the exhibition negotiate tensions between representation and abstraction, assimilation and interference, action and withdrawal, mastery and unknowing. Through December 9 at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street)


THURSDAY: Emergency Preparedness Presentation at the Senior Center

Senior Center members are invited learn about how to prep for emergencies. Also on the schedule this week: a trip to the NYC Transit Museum, a workshop on the importance of hydration, karaoke, bingo, exercise classes, and more. View the November calendar online here

November 15 | 11 a.m. | Henry Street Settlement Senior Center (334 Madison Street)


TUESDAY: Color Studies Workshop 

At this one-time workshop at Abrons Arts Center, participants will learn to make paint from scratch, about the history of pigments, how to navigate technical challenges, and become comfortable experimenting freely. Email to sign up!

November 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street) 

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Intern & Earn Info Sessions

Henry Street’s Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) has a new name but the same great services. The next Intern & Earn cohort starts on November 26, and we want YOU. Participants must be ages 17-24, out of school and out of work. The program offers a paid internship along with free job training and placement, HSE classes, college application assistance, and more. Come to an info session to learn more.

November 13 & 14 | 11 a.m. | 99 Essex Street, 3rd Floor | Apply online »

Parenting Workshops & Groups

Henry Street’s award-winning Parent Center offers a variety of free parenting workshops and groups held at the Parent Center, 281 East Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required: call 212.471.2400. 

  • WEDNESDAY: Helping Children Stay Healthy (English & Mandarin)– This workshop, featuring community health educators from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus, will discuss tips for nutrition, safety, injury prevention, and more. November 14 | 11a.m.-noon
  • Toddler/Baby Drop-In Time (English, Spanish, and Mandarin)- Come to the Parent Center for free play, parachute, arts and crafts and more! November 16 | 10-11 a.m.
  • Winter parenting groups were just announced! Click here for more information. 

Need a job? Employed but want a better job or to get a promotion? JET can help! 

There’s something for every type of jobseeker at Job Essentials Training (JET) at Henry Street’s Workforce Development Center. The program can help with interview and resume prep, job coaching, career planning, skills development, and more. Come to a Career Consultation at 99 Essex Street, Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. for more information and to learn how JET can help you.  

Wald & Riis II Residents—Become a Jobs Plus Member Today!

Jobs Plus provides a supportive and encouraging environment for residents of the Lillian Wald and Jacob Riis II Houses to improve their skills and build the confidence to find and keep a job. The program also has services for employed individuals looking to advance in their careers. Services include job placement assistance, financial literacy workshops and individual financial counseling, HSE classes, free tax prep, access to legal services, and more. Stop by for an orientation session Tuesday through Friday to see what Jobs Plus can do for you. 

24 Avenue D (at East 3rd Street) | Click here  for an orientation schedule »


MONDAY: Ladies Basketball at Boys & Girls Republic 

Open to girls ages 14 to 19, the BGR Ladies Basketball team is a great way to enhance your basketball skills while being a part of a free traveling team. For more information, contact Coach Nikki Johnson at 347.553.3096. 

Every Monday | 6-8 p.m. | Boys & Girls Republic (888 East 6th Street)

SATURDAY: Creative Seminar with 3 Lens Media

Join 3 Lens Media for a free creative seminar for ages 10-17. The seminar will explore graphic design, photography, content creation, and more. RSVP to

November 17 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 301 Henry Street

Register for the Best Early Childhood Education Classes on the Lower East Side

Henry Street’s Early Childhood Center has openings for children ages 2 through 4. For more information, visit the web page or fill out this questionnaire, and someone from the Early Childhood team will be in touch. Click to view the trilingual flyer!

NYC High School Students: Prep for College Success with Expanded Horizons

Henry Street’s Expanded Horizons College Success program is recruiting high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, with priority given to applicants from the Lower East Side. The program, for 9th grade through college, provides academic support, college counseling, SAT prep, college trips, scholarships, enrichment activities, and much more. High school students are invited to take a Best Fit Questionnaire or call the program at 212.254.3100.

FREE Basketball at Henry Street

Henry Street offers FREE open gyms and clinics for any youth looking to get some practice or improve their skills. Prizes like gift cards and movie tickets are given out to MVPs and those who bring the most friends. Basketball is held at BGR (888 E. 6th Street) and 301 Henry Street. See below for specifics, and keep up with Sports at 301 and BGR through their Facebook Groups (301 / BGR) for amazing updates, stats, photos, videos, and more!

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