MCC Fitness will be open for limited hours of 12pm to 7pm this Sunday, April 21st, in observance of the holiday. All fitness classes for Sunday will be cancelled.


  • Ruffa Elaine Espejon volunteers with MCC’s Senior Advocacy Leadership Team, working with senior activists on a variety advocacy projects that empower older adults on the Lower East Side to use their voice to make change. Read about her experience in her own words: “I started after I heard about my aunt’s experience volunteering with the […]

  • Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center is gearing up for Spring and Summer Sessions filled with creativity, expression, and inspiration. Limited-time discounts for new students are available now! We talked to our instructors to find out what motivates them to share their creativity, and how community arts programs enhance student learning. Thomas Legaspi […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sheila

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on March 15, 2019

    Sheila is a founding member of SALT (Senior Advocacy Leadership Team), a group of older adults that is working to ensure seniors are heard in the community, around issues like transportation, affordable housing and green space. Sheila attends SALT’s weekly meetings at MCC, along with many other events in and around the LES to advocate […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ciara

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on February 14, 2019

    Meet Ciara! She is a data and evaluation volunteer for the Research & Evaluation team, and has been volunteering for five months, and will be with us until May doing a practicum. She is originally from Brooklyn and is in an applied developmental psychology doctoral program at Fordham. She helps analyze data about our early […]

  • 6th Floor Improvement Project Begins Monday, February 11th

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on February 8, 2019

    Manny Cantor Center strives to create the best programs and services possible in our beautiful, light-filled building. With that in mind, we will be refurbishing our 6th Floor community space, including replacing the flooring. The project will take place between Monday February 11th and Sunday, February 24th. We have scheduled this work during and around […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ting Ting

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on January 17, 2019

    Meet Ting Ting! She has been volunteering at MCC for three months in the 3-year-old Head Start Classroom, and has really enjoyed it so far. She is passionate about being a great role model for her own two young children, and all of the children in our schools. She chose to volunteer at MCC to […]

  • Commit to Yourself This January with MCC Fitness

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 21, 2018

    This January, we are excited to announce a series of weekend specialty classes in our Fitness Center! These classes are designed for members of all fitness levels to strengthen their understanding, start and new fitness routine, or go deeper into their practice. Start 2019 on the right foot with workshops with star instructors Siewli, Swarali, […]

  • Thank You to Our Volunteers: More Hands, More Hearts, More Voices

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 21, 2018

    “Be the change you wish to see in the world” This famous Ghandi quote is at the heart of what happens at Manny Cantor Center each day. Our programs are fueled by dedicated volunteers who work to make our center a better place. MCC volunteers do everything from preparing and serving meals to older adults, […]

  • Instructor Highlight: Creativity and a Passion for Teaching

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 13, 2018

    We have a line-up of exciting new classes coming to you this winter! We talked to our instructors to find out what creativity means to them and what they find most inspiring about teaching art to others. Read more about each of our instructors below and sign up yourself or a family member for one […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: George & Marta

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on December 13, 2018

    Meet Marta and George, They both volunteer in the Teen Center as support volunteers, both started in September of this past year and although they have never met, they both are committed to the teen center and enjoy the work they do here at MCC. As support volunteers, George and Marta sign in the teens […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on November 12, 2018

    Meet Cindy! She just celebrated her one year Manny Cantor Center Volunteeraversary in October! She has done so many things here, and is always offering a helping hand. We wanted to highlight Cindy and share with you all that she is doing. Cindy is a regular lunch service volunteer at the Weinberg Senior Center, but […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ilana Novick

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC, Service | on October 11, 2018

    Meet Ilana. She is a member and volunteer at MCC and has lived in the neighborhood for many years. She’s been volunteering with us since 2015, filling a number of different roles at MCC. Beginning with marketing for events around the community, doing community outreach and communication, and then following the 2016 election, she began […]

  • Educational Alliance mourns the death of Janet Weinberg

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on September 5, 2018

    A Message from Alan van Capelle President and CEO, Educational Alliance Educational Alliance mourns the death of Janet Weinberg on September 1, 2018. Over the course of her life, Janet dedicated herself to improving the lives of others through her work in the fields of healthcare and social services. All who interacted with her knew […]

  • Evan Hagan always knew that he wanted to be an artist. He began drawing at an early age, producing graphic novels and comics in his free time as a kid growing up in Peoria, Illinois. He continued to explore illustrating and drawing, and found a passion for ceramics when he was accepted as an apprentice […]

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Jania

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on August 2, 2018

    Meet Jania. She is a member of MCC’s Edgies Teen Center and lives nearby. She’s decided to spend her summer volunteering in one of our Early Childhood Classroom’s, and quickly was loved by both the students and teachers. Jania has volunteered 100+ hours this summer. Read about the experience in her own words. My role […]

  • Community Artist Spotlight: Painter and Printmaker Penny Sidi

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on July 13, 2018

    Penny Sidi has been an art student at Educational Alliance Art School for over three years. She has taken a variety of art classes including printmaking, and both oil and acrylic painting. She is one of the artists from our community being featured in the 14Y Artists Group Show that will be on display until […]

  • Join us as we stand with Families Belong Together: June 14

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on June 13, 2018

    Dear friends and colleagues, This morning, like most mornings, I stood in the lobby of MCC and watched a steady parade of children and caregivers come to school.  As grown-ups parked strollers and scooters, I could hear snippets of conversation: “Emma, do you have your lunchbox?” “James, please take your rain jacket.” “Sweety, please help […]

  • Building an Engaged Community: Join us on Sunday, 6/3

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on May 23, 2018

    Here at Manny Cantor Center, we aspire to be a light in our neighborhood, and a place where people feel welcomed, safe, and inspired to take action. As a community center, we are a place where people gather and connect with one another—people from all different races, cultures, religions and socioeconomic circumstances convene within our […]

  • As the Book of Exodus recounts, the Israelite people were enslaved for generations by a cruel Pharaoh in Egypt. After years of torment, God heard the cries of the people and liberated them from slavery, enabling them to cross through the Sea of Reeds to freedom.  But the story, as told during the Passover Seder […]

  • From Teacher to Student: Alex Pimienta

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on March 23, 2018

    Alex Pimienta was a teacher with the Educational Alliance Art School over 11 years ago, but recently returned to teach with us again and become a student. Alex moved to New York 25 years ago, and fell into the art scene through live music performances at Washington Square Park. After working for a while as […]

  • Getting Creative in Open Studio: Shannon Galligan-Stierle

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on March 23, 2018

    I began my journey at The Manny Cantor Center in January 2015 in the Two’s Together program co-teaching with Pat Kornfeld.  I have enjoyed the past two years heading the 3-day 3’s classroom in the Educational Alliance Preschool but am very excited to be sharing a room this year with Pat once again in the […]

  • Program Closures for Professional Development Day

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Holiday Hours | on March 13, 2018

    The following programs will be closed on Thursday, March 15 for Professional Development: • Teen Center, • Weinberg Center, • Child & Family Services, • Educational Alliance Preschool Manny Cantor Fitness, Educational Alliance Art School and College Prep Program will be open for normal operating hours. All programs will return to normal schedule on Friday, […]

  • Severe Weather Early Closure

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Holiday Hours | on March 7, 2018

    Manny Cantor Center and all programs will close early today at 6:00 PM due to severe weather. MCC Fitness will close at 6:00 PM All Art School classes beginning at 6:00 PM or later are canceled Early Childhood programs ending at 6:00 PM will maintain a regular pick-up schedule Teen Center programs will close at […]

  • College Prep Spotlight: Nyla

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on March 2, 2018

    Nyla Last month we celebrated college week, this month we’re celebrating our College Prep students and their achievements.  Where do you live, and how has that shaped you? I live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, specifically in the Two Bridges neighborhood. I am proud to say that I live in the only neighborhood […]

  • Presidents’ Day Holiday Hours

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Holiday Hours | on February 9, 2018

    Manny Cantor Center and MCC Fitness will be operating under the following holiday hours on Monday, 2/19: Monday | 2/19 | MCC Fitness | 7AM-9PM | Manny Cantor Center Programs | CLOSED Happy Presidents’ Day and be sure to join us for our Manny Cantor Fitness Presidents’ Day Open House!

  • LES Citizens Parade

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture, Events | on January 23, 2018

    Beginning this January, MCC will be participating in the creation of a performance art piece called the LES Citizens Parade. This event will celebrate the opening of the new eco-park at Pier 35 in June, and will be led by Choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas (Artistic Director of Dances for a Variable Population) and visual artist […]

  • Our Story at the Tenement Museum

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture | on January 11, 2018

    Our Storytelling in Our Immigrant City Exhibition has been added to the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story website! This project helps uncover the patterns that bind us, no matter where we came from or how long we’ve been here. Explore stories from across the country, upload the story of an object that carries meaning […]

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