Recap: Henry Street Settlement Birthday Party

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 at 11:30 am by

Any excuse to have a birthday cake contest, is always a good one.

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Yesterday afternoon, the Henry Street Settlement celebrated the 145th birthday of their founder, Lillian Wald, by throwing a block party. Festivities included old fashioned street games for children (stickball and ringalevio), free hot dogs and cupcakes, music, dancing and quite a few birthday cakes. They were also giving tours of their 1832 headquarters.

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While we left before the winner of the birthday cake contest was announced, we eyeballed the entries, and definitely wouldn’t have minded being on that jury.

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The Settlement, which provides aid and opportunities for Lower East Side residents, has been working on becoming the first green landmarked building in NYC. The organization is asking folks to vote for them on the Partners in Preservation site so that they can win grant money which would go towards their upgrades.

After they finish their improvements, they will use the money that they save on energy costs for more social services for the community.

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With these improvements, they also hope to create a template for affordable green landmarking of small businesses.

To vote for the Henry Street Settlement, or any of the other Lower East Side sites, go to this link – and you can vote every day, too!:

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