Music, Fitness, and Adult Ceramics This Weekend at the Center

There’s so much going on this weekend at the Center. Music, Zumba, Pool Sports, and Adult Ceramics. More info, plus the full schedule below.


Movie Night 9/20- This week we’re showing Monsters Inc.

MY Jam Session:
Every Saturday, the Downtown Community Center will hold an “Open Jam Session” from 12:00 – 2:00pm where kids 4th grade and up can come explore our music studio. Whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or coming by to rock with friends, the Open 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.

Zumba Kids Jr.
Zumba® Kids Jr. classes are a dance ‘n’ play party for lil’ feet where pint-sized party animals get silly, dream big and begin their journey to a healthy future. This program is where 4- to 6-year-olds just let loose and can be themselves–little bundles of natural energy that are endlessly curious about new sounds and experiences! Here they can socialize, move to age-appropriate music and play games with other kids.

Aqua Zumba - This week, Center Members can bring a friend for free!
This Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness party is makin’ a splash at the Center Pool! Aqua Zumba® is perfect for those looking to add a low-impact, high-energy, aquatic exercise to their fitness routine, blending the Zumba® philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you won’t want to miss! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class, so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.

Pottery Painting
Dads can come watch the game in our lounge, while the kids paint some beautiful pottery pieces! Choose from an extensive collection of bisque ware such as mugs, plates, piggy banks and boxes to paint. We will glaze and fire your pottery so you can take the piece home for the family to enjoy!

Pool Sports
Our NEW Pool Sports and Games Club offers swimmers grades 2-5 the opportunity to learn and play aquatic games. Come join our enthusiastic, certified swim instructors during these fun drop-in sessions featuring water polo, aqua-tag, sharks and minnows, treasure hunts, raft-building contests, and more! These sessions are offered on Saturdays at 2pm and are FREE to DCC Members!

Adult Ceramics

Adult Ceramics Classes
8 week class sessions:
Section 1: Mondays 6:30- 9:00pm
Section 2: Wednesday 6:30- 9:00pm
Section 3: Thursday  6:30- 9:00pm
Students enrolled in our 8 Week Sessions enjoy Open Studio Time on Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm and Saturdays 11:00am – 3pm (more hours TBA).
Cost: $280 + material fee ($45 for all clay, glazes and firings used during that session).
10% Discount for Center Members (discount does not apply to material fee).

Introductory Handbuilding Class
If you’ve always wanted to roll up your sleeves to have some fun working with clay, this is your opportunity. You will learn many of the hand-building skills that are needed to make all kinds of functional and sculptural works of art. At the end of the class you can take a spin on the pottery wheel. Just be prepared to get dirty!
Section 1:  Tuesday 6:30-9pm
Section 2: Sunday 12-2:30pm
Members: $25
Non-members $50
If you sign up for our regular 8 week session, this fee will be put towards the cost of the tuition.
For More information on Adult Ceramics, email Susan.

Here’s everything that’s going on this weekend. See you soon!
Weekend Schedule (with Movie Night)

Manhattan Youth In The News–Plus a Visit from the Mayor!

Mayor de Blasio Beat-Boxing

Click here for NY1′s story about the mayor’s beat-boxing skill. Time Warner Cable customers can login to view their video.

Last Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by to beat-box with our Music Video Production class. He then gave a press conference in the courtyard of Salk School of Science (M.S. 255), one of Manhattan Youth’s new After-School sites. After discussing SONYC (“School’s Out New York City“), the mayor’s vast expansion of middle school after-school programs, de Blasio hung out with our students to sign autographs for all of them. He even took a few selfies.  Mayor de Blasio takes selfie with Manhattan Youth student

The students were smiling because they’d just met the mayor. We were smiling because we had just seen firsthand what the SONYC program will mean for New York City’s youth.

Last week was the first week of after-school under Mayor De Blasio’s initiative, which provides free after-school programs for all middle school students throughout New York City. The city will spend $145 million dollars this year, expanding city-wide after-school programs to include 71,000 seats (up from 44,000 last year). The funding comes from the Department of Youth and Community Development.

Mayor de Blasio giving press conference at MY After-School

Manhattan Youth After-School now serves 8 middle schools and well over 1,000 middle school students. In his press conference, the mayor praised Manhattan Youth by saying, “Manhattan Youth is an example of the kind of non-profit providers we turn to who are great partners, who really know how to reach middle school kids effectively.” Click here to watch the video.

But that’s not all the recognition we’ve received for our Middle School After-School programs.

In a July news segment (as previously mentioned in our blog), NY1 said “As the city expands after-school to serve every middle school student,” the Manhattan Youth After-School formula is one “officials hope to replicate city-wide.”Manhattan Youth on NY1

SONYC’s promotional video features many photos from Manhattan Youth’s middle school programs.SONYC video screenshot

The Downtown Express ran a great feature about our Middle School Summer Program and the new After-School sites to which we’ve expanded.MY in the Downtown Express


Click here to register for After-School!

Open Studio, Fencing Free Trial, and Some Discounts This Weekend

That’s right: Open Studio in the Digital Media Lab is back. Come and turn screen time into a productive and creative time.

For your free Fencing trial, RSVP via email to Mark.

You’ve got one more day to take advantage of this great $100 discount on Center Classes!

And here’s our schedule for the weekend. See you soon!

Weekend Schedule (NO Movie Night)

How to Save $100 on Community Center Classes

You’ve got one more week to get a great discount on Community Center Classes! With the start of our fall registration classes just around the corner, the Downtown Community Center is offering a special discount for Community Center members on a select pairing of new classes!

For this week only, sign up for any two of the following classes and receive $100 off your total class fees!

Make A Mess Series: Art/ Painting, Arts/Crafts, Cooking, Science
Kids learn best by making a mess (And you get to give cleanup a rest)!
10:00 am – 18 month – 2 1/2 yrs
11:00 am – 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 yrs

Monday – Cooking
Tuesday – Art/Painting
Wednesday – Science
Thursday – Arts and Crafts

Afternoon Sports Series: Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Ballet
1:45 pm – 3 yrs
2:30 pm – 4 yrs

Monday – Ballet
Tuesday – Soccer
Wednesday – Tennis
Thursday – Gymnastics

This offer is for Community Center members only and can only be redeemed until September 12, so don’t miss your chance to save money on these great classes this fall.

For a copy of our Fall Registration form, click here. If you have any questions, please email or call our front desk at 212-766-104.


Middle School Summer Program

The Middle School Summer Program ended with a bang! Students produced 9 short films, dissected and constructed their own flowers in Earth Science club, wrote and performed monologues and scenes in front of an audience, made ice cream, salsa, and cookies ‘n’ cream brownies in Cooking club, went on a Central Park scavenger hunt and art museum tour, made a trip to the Bronx Zoo for Zoology club, visited the Native American Museum and participated in an interactive show, built a robot out of Legos that entertains cats, and much, much more. There were so many trips, performances, and events that we can only fit a fraction of it into this post. It was a very fun summer with the kids.

The performing arts classes put on a show of original monologues, scenes, and comedy sketches. One camper even made his stand up comedy debut!

The filmmaking camp had a culminating showing of all of their films. Friends and families packed the Center’s Great Hall to watch the films. Over an hour’s worth of short films made by students in 4 weeks? Even we’re surprised and impressed.

Click the link below to watch our brand new films.
MY Movies Presents!
The Manhattan Youth Middle School Summer Program is funded in part by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

Manhattan Youth on NY1!

New York’s favorite news team, NY1, paid a visit to our Middle School Summer Program this week. We were thrilled to host them.In the news segment, they called our program a model for the city’s new after-school funding initiative. “As the city expands after-school to serve every middle school student,” the Manhattan Youth After-School formula is one “officials hope to replicate city-wide.”

Click on the image to watch the report–and once it begins playing, double click the video to make it full screen.

Manhattan Youth Middle School Summer Filmmaking Program

Our Free Summer Camp Still Has Space Available


We are very excited for the second year of our Middle School Summer Program. It runs from July 7th to August 1st and is free for all students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

We’ve got five areas of focus from sports to performing arts, S.T.E.M. to filmmaking–with many new class offerings. Cooking is one of our most popular classes. But we’ve also got art, fun academics, and even a literary magazine!

For more info, visit our website and check out this awesome article in The Broadsheet Daily.Middle-School-Summer-Zoo

More Championships for Manhattan Youth

Manhattan Youth’s I.S. 289 Lady Cougars are NYC Middle School Champions!

The city volleyball championship match took place June 10th, and it was a nail-biter. The Cougars topped off an amazing season by narrowly defeating our friends and defending champions, M.A.T., in straight sets, 26-24 and 25-23. What a game!
2014 Cougar Volleyball City Champions

Congratulations to our 2014 Championship Lady Cougars!
Coach Olivia Johnson
Eighth graders
Seventh graders
Sixth grader

Come Break a World Record with Us!

We’re at it again.

Last year, we helped break the world record for the world’s largest swim lesson. And we’re teaming up with countless other organizations again to set the bar a little higher.

The event is free for all Community Center Members, but you must register to participate. Drop by at 120 Warren St. to sign up!
Manhattan Youth breaking World Records

Join thousands of kids and families at aquatic facilities and waterparks around the globe for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ on June 20, 2014. We’re breaking the Guinness World Record™ to spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ Don’t miss the chance to participate in this record-breaking event and help prevent drowning, the leading cause of injury-related death of children ages 1-5.

Three Brides Walk into a Pier…

Last week, Trash(ed in) the Dress played a round of Mini-Golf on our Pier 25 course.

Trash(ed in) the Dress attends events and visits iconic NYC locations dressed in their wedding gowns. They’re a group of “married New York girls who don’t feel like once was enough. Wedding dresses are meant to be worn, and we are going to have a good time wearing ours–wherever we feel like it.”

Their trip to the Pier was documented in a lovely blog post on their site. We just LOVE these fun-loving, putting brides!

Click here to read their story.

Brides at Pier 25