Nate Andersen and Friends in concert at the Community Center

Past Events

Manhattan Youth's 7th Annual NUTCRACKER

Manhattan Youth Dance presents its 7th annual production of "The Nutcracker."

Children from all of Manhattan Youth's After-School dance classes will take stage, interpreting the classic story of The Nutcracker through ballet, hip hop, step, contemporary and creative dance. Join us as hundreds of children share their joy of dance and the spirit of the holidays with full costumes and sets.

Date: December 10th, 2016
Location: PS 89, 201 Warren Street
Time: Varies by class location- see below

 The 12:00 pm performance features students taking classes at PS 89, PS 225 / Ella Baker, PS 343 / Peck Slip, and PS 397 / Spruce Street.

The 5:00pm performance features students taking classes at PS 234, PS 276, and the Downtown Community Center.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure you are buying tickets to the correct show!
If you child attends class at the Downtown Community Center,
buy tickets to the 5pm show, regardless of which school your child attends.

Manhattan Youth's 30th Birthday Party
Manhattan Youth is celebrating 30 years of serving Manhattan Families. Join us for our kick off Birthday Celebration! MY Summer continues with a beach party complete with games, refreshments, music and more.
Manhattan Youth Dance presents "Night Sky"
Manhattan Youth presents its spring dance production "Night Sky", an exciting exploration of outer space.
Children from all of Manhattan Youth's After-School dance classes, PS 89, 150, 225, 234, 276, 343, and 397 will take stage. Styles of dance to include ballet, hip hop, step, contemporary and creative will interpret the wonders of the universe with full costumes and sets.
 Visit Manhattan Youth's Downtown Community Center from 1:00-4:00PM to continue the celebration of NIGHT SKY with space themed events like Night Walks, Make your own Moon Pie, and a Planetarium show. Visit for details!

Date: June 4 , 2016
Time: 12:00 pm and 4:00pm
Location: PS/IS 89, 201 Warren Street
2016 Downtown Community Awards -- May 12, 2016

Join us on Thursday, May 12th in celebrating the people who bring us together.

HONORING Catherine McVay Hughes for her leadership as chair of Community Board One and her incredible dedication to issues such as community resilience, land use and overall services.

Manhattan Youth Community Service Program
Also honoring the 20 students who have contributed their efforts to community endeavors during our After-School programs, environmental cleanup and overall advocacy. These young leaders are our future! Congratulate the enrollees of Manhattan Youth's Community Service Program.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Honoree Reception - 7:00 PM
Downtown Community Awards Presentation - 7:00 PM
Reception, yummy pizza and sandwiches - 7:30 PM

Parenting Talk - Bring Your Teen to Success:
Take charge without punishing

Why are some kids happier and more ambitious than others?

Children are born with different personalities and temperaments. But no matter what a child's character, research shows that parenting choices have the greatest impact on a child's academic, emotional and social life. How can your parenting get better results?

Raising a mindful child doesn't require moving your family to a monastery. This workshop teaches parents how to provide the strong leadership and positive structures that promote happy and resilient teenagers.

The $15 registration fee includes a copy of Sean's critically acclaimed parenting book WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully--and Enjoy Parenting Again!

Registration Required: Book included - $15  Click here to register

Sean Grover, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with adults and children, and maintains one of the largest group therapy practices in the U.S. An inspiring speaker and designer of award winning youth programs,Seanleads over 400 therapy groups a year in his practice, in addition to parenting workshops in clinics, medical centers, youth organizations and schools.

Sean blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, and he is featured in national and international articles byThe Associated Press, in addition toNewsweek, US News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR and others.Sean has also been a featured guest onThe Today Show.

Sean's parenting book, WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS: How to Seize Control from YourDarling Bully--and Enjoy Parenting Again received a starred review from Publishers Weekly for best new non-fiction and appeared on the New York Times recommended reading list for parents.

For parenting tips and videos, visit

"Psychotherapist Grover pulls no punches in this parenting manual...hisempowering, motivatingapproach ishighly compassionate." Publishers Weekly, Editor's Pick, April 2015

"Grover offerstools to regain a balance of power so that the parent takes back the upper hand needed for effective parenting." PsychCentral, September 2015

"Nobody delivers parenting workshops with the same compassion and humorParents leave Sean's workshop with more understanding, and practical parenting tips. If I could have one person on my speed dial to answer all my parenting questions, it would be Sean Grover." Debbie Teitelbaum, LaGuardia HS Parent Association, February 2016

2nd Annual Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair -- December 11th

We're back for our 2nd year! The Teens in Community Service Program at Manhattan Youth is working to bring you a night full of artisan-shopping, popcorn-eating, hot-cocoa-sipping enjoyment--and all in the name of a philanthropy. The TRIBECA HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR raises funds to support children's causes around the world. Our vendors include teaching artist from our After-School programs and local community members who generously sign up to donate 30% of their revenues.

Last year we raised $10,000, and this year we hope to raise even more.

Date: Friday, December 11th,2015
Time: 4:00 - 8:00pm 

Downtown Community Center,

120 Warren Street

Manhattan Youth's 6th annual production of "The Nutcracker"
--December 12th

Manhattan Youth presents its 6th annual production of "The Nutcracker." This year's adaptation will take Clara on a journey of learning about feelings, growing up and discovering the world around her. It's about becoming aware, learning to be tolerant, acceptance of others and oneself and being grateful.

Children from all of Manhattan Youth's After-School dance classes, PS 89, 150, 225, 234, 276, 343, and 397 will take stage. Styles of dance to include ballet, hip hop, step, contemporary and creative will share their joy of dance and the spirit of the holidays with full costumes and sets.

Date: December 12th , 2015

Time: 12:00 pm and 4:00pm
Location: PS/IS 89, 201 Warren Street

MY Gingerbread Workshop -- December 13th

The creativity! The candy! The memories! If you've ever dreamed of constructing your own edible edifice like the gingerbread house visited by Hansel and Gretel, then join us Sunday, December 13th for one of our favorite seasonal events. Led by our early childhood art instructors, parents and children ages 4-12 will decorate, design, and eat everything from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences. Your family will enjoy the cheerful holiday tunes and spend some quality time with your favorite creative chef, and of course, have no mess to clean up at the end!

Sunday, December 13th
Downtown Community Center
120 Warren St
Workshops begin at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
$50 per child

Best of all, proceeds will be donated to financial assistance for needy families to attend Downtown Day Camp!

Questions? Email Mark.

For tickets, click here.

It Ain't No Hurricane Party
Resiliency planning in Tribeca and Lower Manhattan

Manhattan Youth's Downtown Community Center was flooded with almost 20 feet of water on its Lower level. The rest of the building it is housed in received the same. Now the downtown community center is back, with full operation of its cultural floor.

The evening covers the current state of planning in Lower Manhattan. What is planned & what still needs to be done.

Manhattan Youth thanks:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • The Fund for the City of New York
  • The Dorm Authority of the State of New York
  • Assembly Member Hon. Sheldon Silver
  • And the hundreds of other people who assisted us!
  • The evening will have pizza and beer available (donation).


It Ain't No Hurricane Party
Resiliency planning in Tribeca and Lower Manhattan

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 at 7:30pm

Manhattan Youth's
Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

Haunted Hall 2015 -- October 30th

Haunted Hall
October 30, 2015


Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St, NYC

Manhattan Youth's Haunted Hall is back, by popular demand. We hope you and your family will join us this Halloween Eve for one of our favorite events of the year!

Families with younger children will enjoy visiting our Silly Spooks, a short stroll featuring a Friendly Ghost peek-a-booing in our graveyard, a Scared-Cat Scarecrow in a balloon pumpkin patch, and a Wiggly Witch with a super-size bubble cauldron brewing up potions galore.
Families with older children can choose to brave the Tunnel of Terror, an interactive walk through a Haunted Graveyard, a Vampire Castle, Zombie Alley, the Mad Science Lab, an Insane Asylum, and the Black Widow's Web. Each installation will be staffed by professional actors and our Manhattan Youth child-care professionals.

And while waiting in line, children can Trick-or-Treat for candy from our staff and take turns in our Phantom Photo Booth. Photos from the Photo Booth will be posted on our Facebook page, and the one that receives the most likes before November 6th will earn you 3 free months of Membership to the Downtown Community Center!

This event should take about 5-10 minutes to walk through and is free to the public.

MY Day at the Museum Dance Performance

MY Day at the Museum Dance Performance
May 30, 2015

12:00pm & 4pm

Don't miss Manhattan Youth's dance extravaganza, "A Day at the Museum". An exploration of dance inspired by the world of visual art!. Children from all of our after-school dance classes - from ballet to hip hop - take the stage for a breathtaking performance. A must-see for all ages!

Conceived and Directed by Susan Kay

Choreographed by Junie Kenworthy, Annalisa Ledson, Maria Malstrom, Florence Nasar, Frida Persson, Morgan Preston, Karen Ng, Bella Takkunen and Najee Brown.

Set and Lighting by James Watkins and Ryan Vahey.

Costumes by Constance Tarbox

Parenting Workshop and Book Launch -- Sean Grover

How to Seize Control from Your Little Bully and Enjoy Being a Parent Again

Rebellious, entitled, disrespectful... A generation ago, it would have been unthinkable for children to push their parents around. Today, everyone knows parents who are mistreated by their kids.
Experts might label such kids as "difficult" and advise how to "fix" them. But parenting struggles rarely originate from just one side. Instead, they erupt at the volatile intersection of a child's personality with a parent's own insecurities and behaviors. Fixing the child requires fixing yourself.

Join therapist and parenting expert Sean Grover as untangles the forces that drive family dysfunction, and helps parents to assume leadership roles. With a liberating message and perceptive advice, WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS will help parents to end their membership to the "Suffering Parent Club" and make parenting a pleasure again.

MY PS234 Saturday Night Extravaganza

MY PS234 Saturday Night Extravaganza
April 18, 2015


Join your favorite Manhattan Youth staff for an exciting night at the Center!

After a family-style meal together, kids have fun with their friends doing some of our most popular activities.

  • Grades K-3 will be upstairs, making Ceramic and Art projects and bouncing in the MY Moonbounce.
  • Kindergarteners will enjoy Ooey Gooey Science while the 1st and 2nd graders play Gaga Dodgeball.
  • Grades 4-5 choose from activities and projects including: Forensic Science, Spa Science, Ceramics, The Digital Lab's Web and Game Design, the T-shirt Silk Screen Studio, Dodge Ball, Xbox Kinect Tournaments and more. They also have plenty of time to socialize and play games after a week of school.
  • The night ends with a cozy movie and popcorn. Please send kids with PJs or comfy clothes.
Manhattan Youth's Outdoor Adventure Bonus Hike

Join Manhattan Youth's Outdoor Adventure club as we hike at Palisades Interstate Park trail on January 24th! Our Leaders are Certified Outdoor Specialists through the Appalachian Mountains Club and YOP certification program. We will meet at the Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren Street, and return to that location as well. There is a subway that will be taken up directly to the trail. Heavy sneakers or hiking boots, layered clothing, packed lunch, bottled water, and a snack are required.

Manhattan Youth's Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair

Manhattan Youth launches the 1st Annual Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair at our Downtown Community Center. Forget the holiday rush at the department stores and come support our local crafters and artists by buying unique, handmade gifts for the holidays. Pick up some handmade stocking stuffers, tree ornaments, jewelry, toys, ceramics, clothing and more while listening to music and munching on some artisan eats and drinks. Not only will you be supporting the local talents and resources in our community, but you will be helping a child in need. For every dollar you spend, 30% of it will be donated to Save the Children emergency efforts in West Africa.

Manhattan Youth's Dance Program Presents: The Nutcracker

Don't miss Manhattan Youth's fifth annual Nutcracker, a tribute to Tchaikovsky's immortal ballet. Children from all of our after-school dance classes - from ballet to hip hop - take the stage for a breathtaking holiday romp. A must-see for all ages!