The Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House provides an unparalleled experience for older adults in Manhattan and is open 365 days a year from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Membership is free and you must be a New York City resident, sixty and over, to be eligible to apply. The Center leverages Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s existing resources and facilities – Health and Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics, Legal Advocacy, Food Services, Visual and Performing Arts, Adult Education and more – to offer a full calendar of daily programming for more than 2,500 active members, serving an average of 250 clients each day. The Center serves three non Kosher meals a day every day of the year. The Neighborhood House is a leader in the farm-to-institution movement, providing fresh, healthy, and locally-sourced food to members. In addition, the Center offers members a packed offering of 15 to 20 activities daily. Current offerings include three to five fitness classes daily; language classes, arts, crafts, and culture; games; 8-week computer classes; additional technology offerings; for membership:
There are other such Senior Centers in Manhattan. If you have not been to the new Educational Alliance it is worth the trip. The Educational Alliance, is now called the Manny Cantor Center.
The Educational Alliance features prominently in the Social Realism Movement. During the early 20th Century, the Alliances art class instructors promoted the Ashcan School whose members include Peter Blume, Adolph Gottlieb, Louise Nevelson, Barnet Newman, Mark Rothko and Max Weber.
Some of the original artworks by Chiam Soyer are on the new Art School walls.
Undeniably, the Art School does not control as much space in the building as when I was a student in 2001. The glorious floor to ceiling windows are gone. The expansive windows are part of the senior dining room.
There is no membership fee for the senior center.
A visit to New York includes many offerings thru the Senior Center network. Aladin is offered thru the Hudson GUILD. I saw Hot Mess at the Jerry Orbach Theater.
I don’t know which came first : The idea of fluidity in sexual identity, or the portrayal of it’s expanding boundaries on the stage.
The traditional drama is there: character, story, problem, climax and resolution.
Just as in The Every Man plays, the character speaks to his foil.
I Also visited a Chinese super grocery on Main Street in Flushing called C. H. Supermarket 40-33 Main Street.
Main Street Queens near the 7 train has been described to me as China without the travel.