September 8: Astoria Food Tour

Saturday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Astoria is known for it's Greek food, so we will start our tour at a food cart well loved by Astorians followed by a Greek pastry shop known for loukoumades (Greek donuts!). We'll walk a bit, and then we'll have the opportunity to have ice cream or gelato -- or both -- or neither if you're still full from the donuts! The tour will end at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden where we can enjoy beer at picnic tables and also some delicious Czech food.

Please plan to purchase something from at least 2 of the 4 places where we will be stopping. The cost of the food tour will range from $20-$30 depending on what you purchase.


DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m.

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(past event) May 5: Central Park Discovery Walk - Statues for Families

Saturday, May 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

In front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue)

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(past event) April 28-29: The World's Fare

Citi Field, Roosevelt Ave at 126th St
Saturday, April 28 at 12 p.m. or Sunday April 29 at 12 p.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m.

The World's Fare at CitiField is reimagining one of the most iconic fairs. Over 100 vendors will come together in New York City’s most diverse borough and unite through authentic food, drink and music curated by the city’s leading culinary advocates. The World’s Fare will be a grand celebration, advocating equality & diversity in the food industry, and promoting incredible male and female talent that make New York City’s food scene so unique.

The World’s Fare has formed a culinary committee co-chaired by renowned Danish chef Claus Meyer, American author, journalist and culinary historian Doctor Jessica B. Harris and Singapore based KF Seetoh who is the creator and curator of The World Street Food Congress. Meyer and Seetoh will champion and support chefs, restaurants, street food vendors and food businesses participating in the event.

Sign up below to attend the fair together. You'll need to purchase your ticket separately at https://theworldsfare.nyc/

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August 4-18: Summer Streets

Park Ave btw 14th and 59th St
Saturday, August 4, 11 or 18 at 10:30 a.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday (the day before) at 8 p.m.

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

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(past event) August 4: Summer Streets Weekend 1

Park Ave btw 14th and 59th St
Saturday, August 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m.

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2016, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

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(past event) April 21: Car Free Earth Day

Times Square to Union Square
Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

Car Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 21, the day before Earth Day. The Event opens thirty blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square for people to explore on foot during event hours. Programming is presented at five rest stops: Times Square (42nd Street and Broadway), Herald Square (34th Street and Broadway), Garment (39th Street and Broadway), Flatiron (23rd Street and Broadway), and Union Square (17th Street and Broadway). Environmental programming is offered by City agencies and nonprofit organizations along the route to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability and other relevant topics. 

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(past event) June 9: Big Apple BBQ

Madison Square Park
11 Madison Ave
Saturday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. (event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Get fired up for the 15th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party! Each year, this beloved NYC summer tradition celebrates the best in regional barbecue from some of the country’s most celebrated pitmasters, and includes live music, programming, and activities.
 

 

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(past event) June 9: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Randall's Island, East River Field 81
(next to E 103rd St Walkway from Manhattan)

Saturday, June 9 from 8:40 p.m. to 10:40 p.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Join us to enjoy a beautiful night on Randall's Island while you watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off , brought to you by Randall's Island Park Alliance. Sign up below and bring something soft to sit on!

This 1986 classic film tells the story of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), a high school student who fakes sickness to skip school. He brings along his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) on a one-day adventure through the streets of Chicago. Close on his every move is his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) who doesn’t believe that he is home sick.

Whether you are watching this 80s film again or seeing it for the first time, come out and enjoy the fun because as Ferris says: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

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June 12: Museum Mile Festival

Fifth Ave, between 82nd and 105th St
Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

DEADLINE to sign up is Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m.

The annual Museum Mile Festival offers free admission to some of the world's finest art collections during extended evening hours. The 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue is home to seven participating institutions—El Museo del Barrio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, Neue Galerie and the Museum of the City of New York. In addition to all the art to see inside, there are plenty of outdoor festivities: face painting, chalk drawing, live music and other block-party-type events. The festival kicks off at 6 PM, rain or shine. 

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(past event) June 9: The Great Randall's Island Treasure Hunt

Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Randall's Island, East River Field 81
(next to E 103rd St Walkway from Manhattan)

DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m.

Join us for an adventure provided by Randall's Island Park Alliance, as we unlock Island secrets, search for treasure, and explore Randall’s Island Park. This free event teaches you how to use a map and compass (materials provided) to navigate a fun course. Activities include:

• Adult orienteering course from Hudson Valley Orienteering
• Children’s course
• Participant prizes
• View our Gallery of Maps
• Crafts for kids – design your own compass!
• Musical puppet performance by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater
• Refreshments
• Suitable for ages 5+ (with an adult)

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June 2: Spanish Harlem Food Crawl

Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.
DEADLINE to sign up is Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m.

When was the last time you took a stroll in Spanish Harlem? Took in the people, the food, the sights and colors of the area? Come and explore the rich history of the neighborhood. Jump right in and experience a world not too far from the UES and yet miles away, right in your own backyard. Not to mention your taste buds will thank you for it! Experience the sensation of getting lost in a crunchy and mouth-watering, Chicharron, or the smooth, creamy, sweetness of a Tres Leches Cake.

Come On An Empty Stomach!

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(past event) Nov 18: Pack Thanksgiving Boxes of Love at Cru Inner City

Saturday November 18, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Cru Inner City Training and Distribution Center, Long Island City
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East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve in Western Queens. Each year, Cru Inner City packs thousands of "Boxes of Love"® to serve families in need throughout NYC. Volunteers will pack boxes that contains all the food items a family would need for a Thanksgiving meal. This is a great group opportunity, and a family-friendly opportunity as well—children are welcome! Kids will also be putting together gospel bead bracelets and decorating the boxes. REGISTER HERE

June 27: Intro to Civic Engagement

Atwood Sports Bar & Lounge, 986 2nd Ave (btw 52nd & 53rd)
Wednesday, June 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

One way to better know, love and serve our neighbors is to participate in our community through civic engagement. Join us to explore how we can engage with local municipalities for the common good. We'll discuss the basics of local civics and present opportunities for involvement.  Registration below is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome, too!

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(past event) Dec 16: Christmas Caroling

Saturday, December 16, 2:30 - 5 PM
DEADLINE to sign up is Saturday,
December 16 at 8 AM

Join us as we bring some Christmas cheer to the East Side one Christmas Carol at a time! Redeemer East Side's PM music director Rozz Morehead will lead the group as we walk through the neighborhood singing carols and sharing the joy of the Christmas season! No practice necessary. No professional singing skills required. Come by yourself or bring a friend — but please be sure to register each person who will be attending so that we know how many people to expect.

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(past event) Nov 29: Help with Mock Interviews at The Bowery Mission (Men)

Wednesday November 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Bowery Mission Hope Center

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East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve on the Upper East Side. Jobs for Life (JfL) is a global nonprofit that provides job skills training curriculum and resources for homeless men and women. Jobs for Life offers a way for volunteers to go deeper in service to their homeless neighbors. This October, The Bowery mission — a Hope For New York affiliate — will lead a 10-week class for homeless men and women with the JfL curriculum. Joins us on November 29 to lead students through mock interviews and provide feedback to improve interview skills. You will be guided by the teacher and experiences "champion" mentors. REGISTER HERE

(past event) Nov 29: Help with Mock Interviews at the Bowery Mission (Women)

Wednesday November 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Bowery Mission Women's Center

REGISTER HERE

 

East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve on the Upper East Side 80s & 90s neighborhood. Jobs for Life (JfL) is a global nonprofit that provides job skills training curriculum and resources for homeless men and women. Jobs for Life offers a way for volunteers to go deeper in service to their homeless neighbors. This October, The Bowery mission — a Hope For New York affiliate — will lead a 10-week class for homeless men and women with the JfL curriculum. Joins us on n November 29 to lead students through mock interviews and provide feedback to improve interview skills. You will be guided by the teacher and experiences "champion" mentors. REGISTER HERE

(past event) Nov 11: Make Sandwiches and Lead Bingo with Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter

Saturday, November 11, 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Neighborhood Coalition For Shelter
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East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve on the Upper East Side 80s & 90s neighborhood. The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS) serves people who are chronically, formerly or at-risk of becoming homeless. NCS was founded on the premise that homelessness is the responsibility of the entire community. Volunteers support NCS through shopping for groceries ahead of time to prepare sandwiches and by bringing bingo prizes for the residents. The first hour is spent playing bingo with residents - this is an opportunity to develop friendships with those who attend. During the second hour volunteers will prepare sandwiches and tea/coffee and serve the residents. REGISTER HERE!

(past event) Nov 18: Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly in UES with City Meals on Wheels

Saturday November 18, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Stanley Isaacs Senior Center
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East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve on the Upper East Side 80s & 90s neighborhood. Citymeals-on-Wheels has provided a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. By partnering with 33 neighborhood-based meals programs, Citymeals provides the centers with the resources to offer weekend, holiday and emergency meals to the elderly they normally serve during the week.

Join fellow volunteers to pick up meals at local UES center, receive route for delivery from center, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients in the neighborhood. All ages are welcome to volunteer! Youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. REGISTER HERE

(past event) Nov 12: Visit and Worship with Residents of UES Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Sunday November 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UES Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
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East Side Neighborhoods is partnering with Hope for New York this fall to offer opportunities to serve on the Upper East Side 60s & 70s neighborhood. Visit the residents of UES Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and participate in a worship service. Volunteers lead various aspects of the worship service, which includes a time of confession, renewal, scripture reading, preaching, and music. Volunteers also spend time getting to know the residents and building relationships with them. REGISTER HERE