Flag Football


Pick up games at the Battery Park Fields 9am Sunday mornings with marked fields and hired officials. $200 buys you 10 weeks of play starting December 14. New teams will be selected each Sunday and divisions will be broken up by age and skill.
​Register at www.downtowngiants.com

This Weekend — Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Buy local, handmade gifts and help change the world.
The 1st Annual Tribeca Holiday Craft Fair is a whimsical marketplace promoting the talents and resources within our community. Twenty three vendors–including Manhattan Youth teaching artists, parents, members and supporters–will be showcasing beautiful jewelry, ceramics, leather bags, home goods, art, holiday ornaments, baby items, pet gifts and more. Visitors can come to shop, hear music and eat quality foods, all while supporting a good cause.
30% of all sales will be donated to Save The Children‘s emergency efforts in West Africa.
The event is free to attend.
WHEN: Friday, December 12th 4 – 8pm AND Saturday, December 13th 10am – 3pm
WHERE: Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

The Nutcracker
Dont 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! Click here, then scroll down for tickets.

Build your own gingerbread house
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 14th for one of our favorite seasonal events. Led by our early childhood art instructors, parents and children ages 4-10 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 14th at the Downtown Community Center
Workshops begin at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
$35 per child (all proceeds will be donated to Save the Children fund)
Click here to register. Questions? Email Mark.

Toy and Clothing Drive
Celebrating its third year, our annual Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive benefiting the Single Parent Resource Center is now underway! More details in the image below.

Ice Skating
We would like to announce a great new resource for the neighborhood: The Rink at Brookfield Place (North Cove Marina in Battery Park City).The skating rink is open for the season. The rink has daily general skating, as well as private skating lessons. For more information please visit their website.
For families looking to learn how to skate, Manhattan Youth has partnered with the rink to provide large group lessons for children and parents at our Saturday morning Family Learn to Skate.
Use PROMO CODE: MYskate2014 on the site to receive a special Manhattan Youth discount. See you at the rink!

And now the Center’s weekend schedule:

Turkey Trot for Charity

MY Turkey TrotLast week, as part of our annual Turkey Trot, middle school students at I.S. 289 and I.S. 276 teamed up to donate food, raise money and raise awareness of homelessness in America.

After learning about homelessness, hunger and poverty, the students, counselors and teachers participated in the Turkey Trot–a 5K fun-run. At the finish line, under a breathtaking Battery Park City sunset, the runners were treated to donuts and cider (donated by Battery Place Market).MY Turkey Trot

Tritons Swimmers Impress in Swim Meet

What a great swim meet last Saturday! It was so exciting seeing the progress that our swimmers have made this year!

This was the first time in the history of the Tritons Swim Team that we’ve swam the 100 Butterfly event. It’s really tough race! We had 4 swimmers who did a really great job, and two of them set new team records for Butterfly.

Yesterday we saw 74 Personal Best Times, 7 new team records, and 7 swimmers drop 10 seconds or more off their best time!

Our “Ten off the Top” swimmers this meet were:Swim-meet-4
Beau D. – 17 second drop – 50 Free
Claire G. – 10 second drop – 50 Free
Deva S. – 11 second drop – 50 Back
Gabi T. – 15 second drop – 50 Breast
Luke M. – 16 second drop – 50 Free
Olivia C. – 15 second drop – 25 Breast
Xavier R. – 14 second drop – 50 Back

And our new team record holders are:
8 & Under
Jake H. – 50 Freestyle
Olivia C. – 25 Breaststroke
Jake H. – 100 Butterfly

9 & Over
Taylor C. – 50 Freestyle
Francesco B. – 25 Butterfly
Erica L. – 100 Butterfly
Taylor C. – 200 I.M.

Congratulations, swimmers!

This Weekend at the Center

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You for Coming to the MY Family Festival!FamilyFest1
We had a blast at the Manhattan Youth Family Festival this weekend! New and prospective members enjoyed a evening of activities including designing video game levels in Open Studio, Making Jewelry, making pots on the pottery wheel in Ceramics, exploring in Lego Building, rocking out in MY Jam Session, hanging out with our bearded dragons and turtle in Animal Hour, playing Gaga Dodgeball, jumping in the pool for Family Swim & eating some popcorn during Movie Night in the Great Hall. We filled up all four of the floors of our Downtown Community Center and were happy to host and spend time with everyone that came out. It was so much fun that we might just be doing it again in the near future.

Did you know you can earn $50 by referring a friend for a new membership. If you love being a member of the Downtown Community Center, let your friends know why–and when they sign up to become members, make sure they list your name in the referral field in our online registration form to receive a $50 credit to your account.

Holiday Closures
Please note that the Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on the following dates & times:

Wednesday, November 26 – CLOSING EARLY at 6:30pm. We will have After-School and Swim Lessons, but no swim team practice.
Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, 11/30 – CLOSED

Enjoy your holiday!

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the full weekend schedule:

MY Jam Session — Come rock out with us!

MY Jam Session
More than anything, music should be about having fun. MY Jam Session is your chance to let loose on the drums, rock out on guitar, and turn it up to 11 like you can’t do at home! For 2 hours every Saturday, we will open up our underground music studio to our members and let kids feel what it’s like to jam out on drums, guitar, bass, or keyboard. Our Songs for Seeds Band leader and veteran NYC musician Corey will be there to guide any newcomers, and to help with proper technique for our more advanced players.

Come explore our music studio. MY Jam Session runs Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00 pm for kid, 4th grade and up. Whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or coming by to rock with friends, the MY Jam Session is a great outlet for experimenting with a guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums in a comfortable environment with the help of a knowledgeable instructor.
MY Jam Session

Manhattan Youth Teams are City Soccer Champs!

Two of our soccer teams are 2014 NYC Middle School Soccer Champions! How can there be two champions, you ask? Our teams won both the girls and boys divisions. The I.S. 276 girls team and the I.S. 289 boys team both came away victorious last Sunday, November 16 after two great games at Icahn Stadium.

SoccerChamps2Losing last year in the Downtown Semi-Finals to their sibling-school, I.S. 289, the I.S. 276 Chargers Girls Soccer Team came out this year wanting to prove themselves. And that’s exactly what they did– through determination, focus, and team work.

The Chargers Girls Soccer Team capped off an amazing undefeated season on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Hunter Middle School.  Led by a group of standout 8th graders and fantastic 7th graders, the Chargers were almost impossible to score against all season long. They dominated the possession game, keeping the ball away from their own goal and scoring when they had the opportunity. Mavi Celebi (7th grade) capitalized twice, putting the ball into the back of the net and giving the Chargers an early 2 goal lead in the first half. During the second half Hunter came out strong and hungry, giving the Chargers a hard-fought battle until the final whistle. In the end the Chargers were able to hold their own, bringing home the first place title.
Top Row (L to R): Cynthia De Leon (Coach), Ella Curtis, Katie-Jo Fenton, Charlotte Mim Dow, Lena D’ Amico, Amy Glendening, Ava Aldrich, Amelia Negrete, Samantha Qureshi (Coach) Bottom Row (L to R): Marie Sullivan, Tiffany Lin, Monica Sullivan, Nicole Kovach, Mavi Celebi, Amy Lischin, Maya Arnott

SoccerChamps3In the boys match, the I.S. 89 Cougars won their 3rd NYC championship, 1 – 0 over Computer School in a rematch of last year’s final.  In the first half, IS89 Cougars had some great chances, but couldn’t get the ball in the net. Goalkeeper Luke Chavez had a great save at the end of the first half to keep it 0-0.  With some changes in strategy by Coach James Herlihy in the second half, the Cougars came out on fire. With a quick flick on from Will Tibbals, Julian Reiss scored the game-winning goal.
Pictured above: (in no particular order) Will Tibbals, Spenser McCoy, Julian Reiss, Ethan Cheung, Dylan Minnick, Malcolm Heathcote, Luke Chavez, Quincy Ciosek, Edon Mirzo, Kai Carse, Daniel Guild, Andreas Muller

The middle school leagues consist of over 40 teams that play each other during after school and on weekends.  Manhattan Youth sports teams at these schools, and at six other middle schools in Manhattan – Ella Baker, Eastside Middle School, Salk, Clinton, PPAS and Quest – are part of the SONYC program supported by DYCD.

TEDYouth at the Center this Weekend

You all know what TED Talks are. This weekend, TEDYouth is coming to Manhattan Youth. We will begin streaming this awesome conference this Saturday at 11am at the Downtown Community Center.

TEDYouth is a free, day-long event for 400 middle and high school students that will feature live speakers, student activities and great conversation. Experts from all different fields from science to design, technology, art, education, and popular culture will present brief talks about their ideas and interests for students around the world. For students who are not intending to attend the event in person, TED is offering the opportunity to stream the conference online. Some activities will be specifically targeted to online participants.

– https://go.ted.com/ymHYAw is the link to access the live stream of the conference at 11 am.
– https://bluejeans.com/579168558 is the link to watch a tour of the conference given by the Programs Coordinator specifically to the streaming audiences at 1:30 pm.
tededclubs@ted.com is the email address people should reach out to if they are having technical issues with the stream.
– During the breaks there will be speakers from the previous session who will answer questions from the live stream audience. If students have a question they want to ask, they can either a) tweet it to @TEDYouth or b) email it to tedyouthqa@ted.com before the breaks begin.

Weekend Sports
Tennis has been super fun and successful. And we now have tennis classes for 3 and 4 year olds at the Center! Here are some Weekend Sports programs we wanted to highlight.

MY Tumble Tots
Zumba Kids Jr.
Pool Sports & Games

Tennis Tikes
Tennis Aces @ Spruce Street
Gym Sports @ Spruce Street
Intro to Ballet

And our full weekend schedule:

Manhattan Youth Family Festival

We’re throwing a party for you. Yes, YOU!

The event is free and is geared toward families with children in elementary school (K-5th grade).

All four levels of our Community Center will turn into activity spaces including:

Family Movie Night
Family Swim in the Pool
MY Clubhouse
Gaga Dodgeball
MY Jam Session
Open Studio in the Digital Media Lab
Jewelry Making
Animal Hour
Xbox Tournament
Pizza and Pretzel Station in the Kitchen

When? This Saturday, November 15th from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Where? The Downtown Community Center

For your free ticket, click here and enter the promotional code “myfamfest.”

This Weekend at the Center

Winter is not yet officially here, but the Community Center’s Winter Schedule is! Here are a few highlights that we wouldn’t want you to miss!

It’s getting cold outside, but our pool is kept at a warm 86-88 degrees throughout the school year! We are adding new swim classes and opening up more spots in lessons both during the week and weekends for children of all ages.
Class fees will be prorated for the session with the option of rolling your child’s registration over to the Spring Semester starting February 1st. Please contact us at swim@manhattanyouth.org to discuss class recommendations and openings for your child based on his/her age and swim ability.
We look forward to seeing you at the pool!

Gym Sports and Games 
Each week, our instructors have a different sport or activity for families, from basketball, to soccer, to an awesome tricycle obstacle course!
Sundays at Spruce St. School at 9:40am for 2-4 year olds; at 10:30am for 2-6 year olds

MY Tennis Clinics
Tennis is back, and we’re excited to announce that we are an official USTA Kid’s Tennis Club!
Wednesday at the Center at 1:45pm for 3 year olds; 2:30pm for 4 year olds
Sunday at the Center at 9:30am for 3 year olds; 10:15am for 4 year olds;
Sunday at Spruce St. School at 11:30am for 5-6 year olds; 12:30pm for 7-8 year olds; 1:30pm for 9-10 year olds

MY Gymnastics
Now open to 2, 3, and 4 year olds, this new program introduces little ones to the exciting world of gymnastics. In this non-competitive environment, instructors will focus on safety and technique while encouraging independence and confidence. Registration required.
Thursday at 1:45pm for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

MY Soccer
Also non-competitive and open to 2, 3 and 4 year olds, MY Soccer promotes fun above all else! Children will engage in a variety of games that complement their soccer skills and promote physical activity and overall athleticism. The class is designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, team work, and self confidence in your child. Registration required.
Tuesday 1:45pm for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

Thursday Night Adult Zumba
Included with membership, Zumba is all about having fun, burning calories, and making new friends on the dance floor! The instructor is super-fun and energetic, and the music selection will have you dancing your heart out for the entirety of class.
Thursday at 6:45pm

Art and Animals
Art All Day
Families can come and create an art project together! Themed and seasonal, they always make great gifts! It’s only $10 a day, and you can stay as long as you’d like. In fact, stay all day!

MY Ballet 
Children learn the basics of ballet posture and musicality as they develop strength, coordination, and grace, culminating with a performance in December. Registration required.
Monday at 1:45p, for 2-3 year olds; 2:30pm for 3-4 year olds

Intro to Ballet
If you’re between 2 – 6 years old and have never tried ballet, this class is for you. We’ll cover all the basics and have a lot of fun while we’re at it.
Sunday at 11:30am for 2-3 year olds; 12:14pm for 4-6 year olds

Animal Hour
Meet the Manhattan Youth family pets: our bearded dragons Spot, Dot, and Rocky, and August the Turtle. Learn more about how animals like them survive in the wild and how we take care of them here at the Center.
Mondays and Fridays at 11:00am

And here’s the weekend schedule: