- Who is Stanley M. Isaacs?
- Stanley M. Isaacs served as Manhattan Borough President from 1937 to 1942 under Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia whom he helped elect. From 1942 until his death in 1962 at age 79, he was the minority leader on the New York City Council. He was known for his passion for civil rights and social justice and fought to build decent housing for families living in the squalor of tenements. He also convinced city planners to build the East River Drive to help prevent major traffic jams on the Upper East Side. When the center, located between the East River Drive and First Avenue was opened in 1964, it was named after him. Mr. Isaacs' wife, Edith, served as honorary chairman of the founding board of directors and their daughter, Casey Isaacs Herrick and her brother Myron, served on the board for many years.
- What is a settlement house?
- The term "settlement house" is derived from the idea that those who come to work among the people of a community also live or "settle" among them. In 1886 on the Lower East Side of New York, the first settlement house in the United States opened its doors to all New Yorkers - immigrants and citizens, rich and poor, students and workers, young and old. The pioneering settlement houses taught adult education and "Americanization" classes, provided schooling to immigrant children, organized job clubs and offered after school recreation and education programs. Today, settlement houses offer services "from the cradle to the grave," including programs of assistance to the elderly, children, youth and families.The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center has served the East Harlem and Yorkville communities in this tradition since 1964.
- What programs do you offer?
- Our services include Meals on Wheels, a senior center, NORC, afterschool and evening programs for children and teens,
youth employment and education services, family literacy and English classes, cultural and educational enrichment for all ages.
- Are you a government agency?
- We are not a government agency. We are funded, primarily, by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Just 46% of our revenue support is from state, federal or local agencies. These include the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department for the Aging, and the New York City Board of Education.
- Where are you located?
The Isaacs Center is at East 93rd Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive. East 93rd Street ends at the parking lot between our Senior Center (415 E. 93rd St.) and our Adult and Family Services Center (1792 First Ave.) We also operate a Beacon Youth program after school, in the evenings and on Saturdays, at P.S. 198/77 at 96th Street and Third Avenue (1700 Third Ave.); an after school program and Family Literacy services at P.S. 112 located at 535 East 119th Street between Pleasant Ave. and FDR Drive; attendance improvement and drop-out prevention program at the Academy of Environmental Science Secondary High School 410 East 100th Street.
- Where is the nearest public transportation?
- The M15 bus stops in front of the Isaacs Center and 96th Street Crosstown bus stops four blocks away. The Beacon is a block from the number six subway train's 96th Street stop.
- What does it cost to come to the Isaacs Center?
- Nearly all of our programs, from the Afterschool Learning
Center to our Youth Employment program, are free. We have
a "sliding scale" fee for our Summer Day Camp program and
a few of the special programs and trips at the Senior Center
have a small fee attached. Meals on Wheels and our Senior
Center request a donation of $1.50 for meals, but no one
is turned away.
- How old do you have to be to come to the Isaacs Center?
- Our After school programs start at age 5˝. We also offer children’s enrichment activities (ages 4 to 10) for the children of our Family Literacy participants. Our Senior Center and Meals on Wheels are open to people 60 years and over.