News & Events

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Rabbi Joanna Samuels Speaks at the Capitol Building

    By Manny Cantor Center | In In The News | on July 27, 2018

    On Tuesday, I was honored to participate in a press conference at our nation’s Capitol.  It was called by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, as well as the Reverend Dr. William Barber III (founder of the Poor People’s Campaign) in order to highlight voices of faith leaders who are working for a […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • We Stand With Immigrants, Refugees, and Children

    By Manny Cantor Center | In In The News | on June 20, 2018

    Over the last few weeks, numerous news reports have confirmed that U.S. government agents have been forcibly separating children from their immigrant parents at our borders, and sending the children to foster homes or detention centers while their parents are sent to jail. Often, these parents do not know their children’s whereabouts, or even if […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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!

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • New Year’s Holiday Hours

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Holiday Hours | on December 26, 2017

    Manny Cantor Center will be operating on the following schedule for New Year’s: Sunday | 12/31 | CLOSED Monday | 1/1 | CLOSED MCC Fitness Center will be operating on the following schedule for New Year’s: Sunday | 12/31 | 7AM-3PM Monday | 1/1 | 10AM-5PM Best wishes this holiday season from MCC!

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  • Teaching Painting is Passion: Jodie Niss

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 22, 2017

    For Jodie Niss, teaching painting has always been a part of her self-expression. She started teaching painting techniques around 12 years old guiding the younger students at her school. Jodie said, “From a very early age I was teaching people how to paint, it just came naturally. I like guiding others through the process of […]

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  • Christmas Holiday Hours

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Holiday Hours | on December 20, 2017

    Manny Cantor Center will be operating on the following schedule for Christmas: Sunday | 12/24 | CLOSED Monday | 12/25 | CLOSED MCC Fitness Center will be operating on the following schedule for Christmas: Sunday | 12/24 | 7AM-3PM Monday | 12/25 | CLOSED Best wishes this holiday season from MCC!

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: Croilot

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Meet MCC | on December 12, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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  • MCC Fitness Renovation Closure

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Health & Wellness | on December 8, 2017

    New Us. New You. Manny Cantor Fitness is getting an upgrade this coming week! We will be closed 12PM Sunday, December 10 – Friday, December 15 to refresh our fitness center so that it is providing the very best space for our members to get healthy.  During this time, Manny Cantor Fitness members will have use of our sister-site, 14th Street […]

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: Fatima

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Arts & Culture, Meet MCC | on December 7, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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  • Demetra Tsantes: Kidfit Ballet Instructor

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive, Health & Wellness, Meet MCC | on December 5, 2017

    Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to MCC to teach this course “I have been working at MCC these last two years, but having been working with children for the last 6 years in various dance and afterschool programs. I am a professional Tap dancer who loves dancing and performing and […]

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: York

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on December 4, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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  • Storytelling in Our Immigrant City: Ruth

    By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on November 29, 2017

    In anticipation of the opening of Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City on December 14th, we will be highlighting a few stories from this exhibit. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of […]

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