Tritons Swim Team Breaking More Records

Thank you all for another great meet on Sunday! We had a lot of amazing swims as we wrapped up the fall semester!

Your swimmers ended the semester on a high note, as they set 7 new team records and swam 80 Personal Best Times (out of 92 total swims). We also had 7 swimmers drop 10 or more seconds off their previous best time!

Our “Ten off the Top” swimmers this meet were:Manhattan Youth Aquatics
Charlie K. – 25 Butterfly
Charles M. – 50 Butterfly
Claire G. – 50 Backstroke
Lachlan B. – 50 Backstroke
Nina G. – 100 I.M.
Olivia C. – 50 Backstroke
Shozo T. – 50 Backstroke

And our new team record holders are:
8 & Under:
Jake H. – 50 Breaststroke
Jake H. – 50 Butterfly
Olivia C. – 200 I.M.
9 & Over:
Adam L. – 100 Freestyle
John L. – 25 Butterfly
Tommy C. – 50 Butterfly

200 Freestyle Relay
Haley C., Claire G., Weston D., Adam L.

Congratulations, everyone! We’re so proud of all the hard work all of our swimmers have put in this semester!

As a reminder, this week marks the end of the fall semester, and we will resume on Monday, February 2nd for the first practice of the spring semester. Please watch over the next few days for an email detailing spring semester dates!

This Weekend at the Center — Spring Schedule Now Available!

We hope that you have been staying safe and warm during this winter-wonderland storm! Over here at the Center, we have been bundling up tight, and getting ready for another exciting weekend of activities and programming.

New Drop-In Schedule is Now Available!Cara's School
The new schedule for our Drop-In Classes at The Center is now available. As Community Center Members, you may attend many of our drop-in classes or programs. These classes are either included in membership, or available at a nominal fee for members. “Today at the Community Center” on our home page will always show the current day’s schedule. Be sure to check out the latest activities and programming available for the whole family at The Center!
Click here for the Spring Drop-In Schedule.  

After-School Semester Begins Next Week! 
opening day afterschoolA new semester of After-School is about to begin – Be sure to register or re-enroll today! We have another exciting semester full of fun, stimulating, and educational classes for your child. Choose from activities such as cooking, dance, visual arts, sports, digital media, and much, much more. As always, our goal is for your child to participate in project-based activities, finish homework assignments, and get physical exercise every day that school is in session. We work closely with parents, teachers and school administrators to provide the sports, arts and enrichment activities necessary to give your child a well-rounded education.
Click here for more information on our After-School Program, and to register today!

High School Testing Prep by S&S
S&S Prep Specialized High School Test Prep has begun enrollment of 7th grade students for their two-hour Diagnostic Exam. This specialized test prep program begins on March 7th and includes 6 Saturday sessions from March through June 2015 at The Center. S&S will also be offering weekly Test Prep Sessions for 8th graders in September and October.
Total fee including deposit: $755 for those enrolling by February 1st, and $795 for those enrolling after this “early enrollment” period. Call (845) 323-7429 or email with any questions.

And here is your full weekend schedule.
MY Weekend Schedule

This Weekend at the Center — Spring Registration and New Classes

Happy belated Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Registration is now open for spring classes. Click here for the registration form.

Here’s a peek at some of the classes and activities now included with your family membership!

Mini Mozarts!
Our Suzuki-based Early Childhood Music Program is designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of classical music: rhythm, melody, harmony, tempo, dynamics and articulation. In class, children explore instruments, play rhythmic games and learn to move to music. They also play finger strengthening, physical coordination and fine motor development games in preparation for future instrumental study. In the Suzuki approach to musical instruction, parental involvement is crucial to the musical development of the child. Therefore, we encourage parents and caregivers to participate and enjoy this exciting class along with their child.
Tuesdays, 10am AND 11am. Ages 12 months to 3 years old. 

Make A Mess: Arts and Crafts

Your child will get busy with clay, paper, feathers and more while exploring the world of crafting! Every week, your little one will create their very own themed craft to take home for all to enjoy. Come dressed to Make A Mess! Led by our experienced head art teacher, this series of classes gives your child the opportunity to grow within their class for an accelerated learning environment. Each class focuses on one specific area of creative learning: Cooking, Painting, Science, and Crafts. Your child will acquire new skills and knowledge all while having fun! These classes require registration and are open only to members.
NEW CLASS TIME! Tuesdays, 1:00pm. Ages 18 months to 3.5 years old.

Pottery Painting!
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! (Please note, although there is no additional fee to participate, this is a pay-for-what-you-make activity.)
Fridays, 10:00am AND 11:00am Ages 3 to 4 years and under. Sundays, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Ages 3 years and up!

Make a Mess: Cooking – Additional Class Time Now Available!
By popular demand, we have added another class time for our Make a Mess: Cooking program! Children learn food groups, shapes, flavors and cooking techniques in a fun and accessible way. Adult and child work together to create their very own snack in every class! Adult participation required. Led by our experienced head art teacher, this series of classes gives your child the opportunity to grow within their class for an accelerated learning environment. Each class focuses on one specific area of creative learning: Cooking, Painting, Science, and Crafts. Your child will acquire new skills and knowledge all while having fun! These classes require registration and are open only to members.
Mondays, 10:00am AND 11:00am. Ages 18 months to 2.5 years; 2.5 years to 3.5 years.
NEW CLASS TIME! Thursdays, 10:00am. Ages 18 months to 3.5 years

Storybook Art
Let your child explore a new artistic dimension to story time! From “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to “Strega Nona”, little ones create pieces of art with a literary spin. Using paint, yarn, glue and more, this class will tap into the creative world behind their favorite books.
Fridays, 1:00pm. Ages 18 months – 4 years. $10/visit.
All these classes, and more, are included in your Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center Membership. Be sure to ask at the front desk about our After-School programs and weekday classes at The Center!

And here’s your full weekend schedule.

Outdoor Adventure Bonus Hike!

Come and join our popular Outdoor Adventures After School class on a day trip adventure to the scenic Palisades Interstate Park! This is a one-time opportunity that you do NOT want to miss. Open to all 4th and 5th graders, this wonderful trip will include a full day of hiking over the George Washington Bridge and beautiful trails directly north of Manhattan, including the unique panoramic views from the majestic Palisades. Led by our fully-trained and experienced Outdoor Adventure Staff, students need only bring a packed lunch, a bottle of water, and heavy boots. This will be a blast for your child–and a beautiful memory they won’t soon forget!

On Saturday, January 24th, 2015, we will be leaving from The Downtown Community Center (120 Warren Street) at 7:30am and be back for pick up by 4:30pm.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Email Susan or call her at 212.766.1104 x259.

More info here:

This Weekend at the Center

A warm thank you to everyone who braved the cold last weekend to join us for our newly-expanded weekend programming at The Center. Come join us this weekend for more fun activities for the whole family!

Stay warm out there, and hope to see you soon!

Spring 2015 Swim Lesson Registration is Now Open!Downtown Community Center swimming
We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for Spring 2015 Swim Lessons at The Center! Be sure to sign up now to ensure a spot for your child. Our certified teachers come from a variety of backgrounds and have years of experience teaching swimming – each of them contributing to our program in their own special way. We follow a curriculum developed over Manhattan Youth’s 20+ years of successfully teaching children to swim in lower Manhattan, however we pride ourselves on having unique instructors, each with different personalities, teaching styles, and creative ideas. We understand that children learn in different ways and respond to different styles of instruction, and our diverse team of instructors allows us to find that perfect fit for each child. So this spring, come dive into a wonderful swim lesson experience at The Center!
Please click here for more details and instructions on how to register. You can contact our Aquatics Director Sarah at 212-766-1104 x240 or e-mail her for additional information.

Open Studio is now Arcade-Style with Fabulous Prizes!
Open Studio PrizesIn Open Studio, we open the doors of our Digital Media Lab for all Center Members to take advantage of our 18 brand new computers and to get creative. Students design video games, complete complex Photoshop projects, shoot and edit HD films, produce animated shorts, write and record songs, and remix tunes on our DJ turntable. It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which you can work on personal projects, After-School projects, or learn and work on something entirely new.
We’ve got cameras, a recording studio, iMacs, and the entire Adobe Creative Suite-so what you create is only limited by your imagination. And each completed project earns students a set amount of points, which can be traded in, arcade-style, for fabulous prizes!
Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. All members of the family are welcome–though children 3rd grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Open Studio Minecraft Prizes


As always, here is the full weekend schedule.

Nutcracker in the News!

Nutcracker in the Trib

The Tribeca Trib featured Manhattan Youth’s Nutcracker dance performance on their front page of their January issue!

220 dance students from our elementary After-School program performed our take on the classic ballet piece. As the Trib says, “Other than the dance classic’s title, most everything about this fifth annual production last month, was delightfully reinvented.”

The Nutcracker is one of our favorite events every year.

Read The Tribeca Trib’s piece here.

And here is a short video of the excerpts performance also from the Trib produced by Carl and Thea Glassman.

And if you’d like to buy an HD video download of the full performance, you can grab that right here.

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

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!