The Tenth Anniversary

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is now on the horizon and most
New Yorkers are thinking of how to commemorate a day in our city’s history that
will never be forgotten. Here at New York
, we’ve been doing some research and wanted to share some good ideas
for how to spend Sunday with the kids. Our best to all of you and your families.

The Rising

In our September issue, be sure to read an inspiring
article, The
. In it, Heather Ouida of BabyBites honors some of the spouses, children,
brothers, sisters and friends who were lost. Speaking with three women who lost
close family members—two who lost their husbands and one who lost her son—Ouida
discovers the human dimension of 9/11 and how it plays out in the lives of
local families. Ten years later, there is still much to be learned, much to be
remembered and much to be thankful for.


To deal with the vast range of powerful emotions after the
September 11th attacks, many New Yorkers turned to writing. Putting pen to
paper helped them to work through some of the frustration, sadness and
disbelief that were perhaps the most indelible marks left after that tragic
day. Some of these writers were spectators who lost close friends and family in
the Twin Towers.
Others were direct victims of the attacks. One woman, Lauren Manning, wrote an
incredible autobiography of her experience on that luckless day, and the
subsequent years of her survival and transformation.

Unmeasured Strength,
which released just last week, captures Manning’s personal journey: “I can’t
leave, I can’t leave my son. I haven’t had enough time with him. I worked so
hard to have him. I can’t leave him now…” And as she later reflects: “I would
not surrender to the terrorists. I would not permit them to define me, or take
one more moment of my life.”

Personally, we couldn’t put this book down. Manning’s candid
and eye-opening revelations, especially as a mother to a one-year-old little
boy on 9/11/01,
had us hooked. How could a relatively new mom with such profound bodily
injuries ever hope to be a mother again? As you’ll find out, she’s done just
that and so much more. Today, she has achieved an inspiring state of recovery,
living in New York City with her
husband, Greg, and their two boys, Tyler and Jagger.

Watch Lauren Manning on The
this Friday, September 9 and on Saturday and Sunday September 10 and
11, on WCBS-TV.

And Other Stories

Born and raised in NYC, Tim Zagat is a true New Yorker,
through and through. On the day after September 11th, Zagat and his team fed
Ground Zero workers, searched for survivors, helped distraught families and did
whatever they could do to assist in the relief efforts. As Zagat remembers,
“Whether it was the heroism of the police and firefighters rushing into the
towers without regard for their own safety, or ordinary citizens across the
country sending supplies to workers at Ground Zero, the first instinct was to

With entries from great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani,
George Pataki and Daniel Boulud, 9/11:
Stories of Courage, Heroism and Generosity
is more than just a
collection of touching reflections.
It is a poignant reminder of the boundless compassion and enduring resilience
of our great city.

September 11 Events

Thursday, September 8
Remembering 9/11 At The Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side will open its doors for a special exhibition, Remembering 9/11, which will be free to the public through early November. The exhibit presents a selection of photos taken by professional and amateur photographers in the aftermath of the attacks, as well as letters written to policeman and firemen and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial.

Friday, September 9
Young People’s Chorus
of New York City 9/11 Memorial Concert – St. Paul’s Chapel
In memory of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Young People’s Chorus of New
York City, conducted by Francisco J. Nunez, will sing an inspirational program.

Saturday, September
Hand In Hand Remembering 9/11
At 8:46am on Saturday, September 10, a bell will toll and participants will join hands to remember 9/11 and reaffirm a sense of unity and hope for our city. The chain will form just south of Castle Clinton and stretch north along the esplanade and the Hudson River. Anyone can participate, but participants must register at

9/11 Read-A-Thon
The Brooke Jackman Foundation, which promotes literacy for at-risk kids in the greater New York area, will hold its second annual Read-a-thon: A Celebration of Literacy and Hope on Saturday from 12 to 2pm at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan. The event kicks off with performances by teen rockers Care Bears on Fire, spoken word poets Justin Long-Moton and Ishmael Islam from Urban Word NYC and the Bari Koral Family Rock Band. Readings and children’s authors are also in store.

11 Commemorative Performance at Rockefeller Park

The Joyce Theater Foundation will present two free
performances on September 10 and 11 at 5pm
in the Nelson A.
Rockefeller Park
to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. This special event will feature
performances by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension; the Paul
Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke’s; A Song for You by
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing; a world premiere by
Jessica Lang Dance created especially for this occasion; and more. This is a
free event with lawn-seating on a first-come first-served basis.

Sunday, September 11
Giant Recycled Sculpture at CMA

Join CMA artists to construct an enormous
sculpture made out of various recycled materials. Be sure to check out the rest
of their cooler-than-cool programming, in celebration of their big move in October.

9/11 Peace Story Quilt Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Remember one of the most important events in our country’s
history with the 9/11 Peace Quilt, created by Faith Ringgold and New York City
students ages 8-19. The quilt promotes intercultural communication and conveys
the importance of reaching across ethnic and religious boundaries to achieve

Free Admission To The New York Botanical Garden
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the
September 11 tragedies, The New York Botanical Garden is offering free
All-Garden Pass
admission from
10am to
12pm on
Sunday. All New Yorkers, particularly
residents who may be in search of a way to commemorate the anniversary locally,
are invited to enjoy the Botanical Garden as a beautiful venue that naturally
lends itself to both quiet contemplation and family sharing.

9/11 Day of
Service and Remembrance at The JCC

The JCC in Manhattan
will be hosting a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance event on Sunday.
Organized community service activities will take place in and outside of their
building on the Upper West Side and include serving lunch at a senior citizens’
center, cleaning up areas of Riverside Park, sending messages to men and women
in the service, creating welcome kits for children in hospitals, preparing
meals for the homeless, reorganizing a public school library, and painting a
not-for-profit thrift shop. All ages welcome.

Elegy—Remembering 9/11 at Wave Hill

Visitors are invited to inscribe or
illustrate strips of natural-fiber paper with personal reflections in
observance of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The flag-strips will be affixed to
the Pergola to flutter gently in the breeze. At week’s end, the papers will be
composted to rest in the garden. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all

Viewing The Tribute In Light
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) will present Tribute in Light, a memorial honoring the victims of 9/11. Two beams of light will illuminate the Lower Manhattan sky beginning at dusk on Sunday. MAS suggests Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, the Empire State Building Observation Deck and the Waterfront Promenade on Roosevelt Island for optimal viewing.

Visiting The 9/11 Memorial
& Museum

To further honor the men and women who lost their lives ten
years ago, you and your family might want to consider visiting the 9/11
Memorial. The Memorial, located at the site of the former World
Trade Center,
features two stunning waterfalls and reflecting pools. The Memorial
Plaza is one of the most
eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and
renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and
sounds of a bustling metropolis.

Looking ahead, the 9/11 Memorial Museum won’t be open until 2012, but a special Preview Site can be viewed
20 Vesey
. Through
models, renderings, films, and real-time images of construction, visitors can take
in the plans and progress being made at the site. Entry is free. The site is
appropriate for families and children—v
isitor guides are available to
assist you in your discussion about 9/11 with your kids.

If you decide to stay home on this monumental weekend, you
should give some thought to how you can discuss this date in recent history
with little ones. The right approach is not always obvious, so take some time
to learn how you can best broach the topic. The 9/11 Memorial has provided some
great tips
on talking to children about September 11th
. Take a moment. You’ll be glad
you read it.

The Memorial opens to
the public on
Monday September 12, 2011 with the reservation of a free visitor pass
online. For more information, visit

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To register, visit <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a>or email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]?subject=REGISTER" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leadership: Middle School ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18</a></p> <p>This is a unique leadership course that gives students the skills they need to succeed in life. Using an activity-based syllabus centered around character traits most sought and admired in leaders (initiative, honesty, self-control, adaptability, empathy, persuasiveness, resourcefulness, diligence, tolerance, determination, generosity, punctuality, courage, reliability, endurance, deference, creativity and integrity) students learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life. These building blocks will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society. Our grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Leaders: Primary School Ages 6-9</a></p> <p>Developed by former pre-school and elementary teachers, this ethics-centered program utilizes a play-based method to encourage students to explore and apply soft skills in their daily lives. While cultivating the skills they will need to build strong, successful relationships, they will learn how to find their voice and showcase themselves in the best way. Students will learn to communicate and negotiate so they can be better team leaders and team players. Students will learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life, such as bullying, cheating, conflicts between two or more parties, and more. The inculcation of these values in our children's formative years will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Speech & Debate</a> (competitive and non-competitive programs available)</p> <p>This online after-school program prepares students for formal and informal presentations. Participants learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in a variety of ways. According to the English Speaking Union, debate is a natural fit for students and compliments common core standards. Debate builds literacy and multi-media research skills, fosters critical thinking and expanded perspectives, enhances public speaking skills, increases confidence, trains students to listen effectively, supports diverse learners and strengthens civil engagement and discourse. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Model United Nations (Ages 11-18)</a></p> <p>Model UN simulates the six major organs of the United Nations. Students role play as delegates from a country of their choosing and learn to write and present resolutions based on topics they are passionate about-just as if they were representing member states of the United Nations. We utilize materials from National Model UN and video tutorials to teach students how to write and present position papers, working papers, and draft resolutions. Students use debate and negotiation to enlist the support of other delegates for their resolution. Model UN is a great way to teach students leadership skills like communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and delegation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Self Defense and Empowerment</a></p> <p>Developed by a veteran Krav Maga specialist, this self-defense program will focus on the principle of healthy minds in healthy bodies. Students will focus on de-escalation techniques as well as safe and active means of self-defense. Through active games and fun drills, students will learn the disciplined focus, critical thinking, adaptability, and resilience necessary to achieve goals, as well as gain valuable social insights into leadership and teamwork. 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Students will learn about the electoral process, lobby for issues they are passionate about, draft and deliver bills, amend legislation, debate international policy, and learn how to effectively represent a constituent body of their choosing. We utilize materials from The Constitutional Rights Foundation, ICivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) and the National Model U.S. Congress. These resources have been proven to improve students’ civic knowledge, presentation, and core literacy skills. New research has also shown that the use of the aforementioned materials has also led to increased participation in the democratic process. Our objective in this course is to educate the next generation, nurture and inculcate a passion for civics and history and encourage young people to advocate for themselves.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Philosophy</a></p> <p>The focus of the Philosophy class is to examine and understand the ideas behind the most popular philosophies embraced throughout the world. To do this, students examine ethical situations through the lens of these philosophies and engage in a Socratic style debate. Students are presented with an ethical question and they must identify stakeholders and players within the dilemma, discuss the key moral issues and present opposing viewpoints. This class was built for students who wish to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compete in the middle or high school Ethics Bowl</a>. </p> <p><a href="">Money Matters: Financial Literacy for Students</a></p> <p>The Money Matters course is built to help students manage their personal finances, from building credit and loan applications to interest rates and investing strategies. This class will cover the basics of financial health, savings, spending habits, and budgeting. After learning how to store, track, and spend responsibly, students will learn about risk management, APRs, and tax preparation. This class will use real-life examples and teach students how to set and achieve financial goals. This course is ideal for middle and high school students.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">STEM and Bioethics: (Ages 10-18)</a></p> <p>Our STEM program will give kids the opportunity to think critically about science and society, and to practice communicating scientific topics in ways everyone can understand. To be a successful scientist in our modern world, one must not only have a broad understanding of scientific material learned at school, but also the ability to communicate effectively and share that knowledge with others. Each week of this program will build on the previous while also introducing new scientific topics for discussion.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Etiquette (Ages 5 and up)</a></p> <p>Due to increasing popular demand from groups and individuals, we have decided to offer our etiquette course as an eight week after-school class. Students will not only learn how to introduce themselves and their friends, they will explore appropriate language for quotidian and special occasions, how to enter and leave conversations, proper table behavior for different scenarios, effective strategies for conflict resolution and negotiation, the importance of tone, expression, and body language in every social interaction and why manners and soft skills are essential to a successful life.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Speech and Essay Writing: Ages 10-18</a></p> <p>This group class includes eight one-hour online sessions focused on the creation, development, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. This program is tailored to the needs of the individual(s) in question and can include essay writing, use of stylistic devices, and persuasive rhetoric and/or instructions on how to craft and deliver a persuasive or informative multidimensional presentation with compelling slides, audio, and videos.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Visual Storytelling</a></p> <p>Multimedia platforms have increasingly become more popular for educators, artists and businesses. Young people all over the world have begun using media to amplify initiatives, educate, share science, poetry, art, movement, culture and more. In this class students will learn to capture brief videos that share their voice and vision with the world.</p> <p>College application course </p> <p>Discover the fundamentals of style, narrative, and theme for the ideal college application essays! In these sessions, you will begin by examining outstanding Personal Statements and by brainstorming your own. Then, move on to draft and edit the specialized supplemental essays for each college on your list. Space is limited to ensure personalized attention.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Academic writing</a> </p> <p>These are sessions focused on academic writing. Our tutors have years of experience in drafting, editing, and teaching essay writing. Each package will include a consultation with our tutors to assess individual needs. </p> <p><a href="">Test Prep: SAT, SHSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB, TACHS + more</a></p> <p>These classes are focused on identifying the quickest and most efficient path toward improving students' standardized test scores. Starting with a diagnostic practice exam, this program will target the key subject matter your students need to master while integrating timing, triage, and practice strategies. We aim to regularly emulate the real-life conditions of tests until students are comfortable working quickly, accurately, and efficiently. Sessions can be one hour or two hours in length, as needed.</p> <p>Computer Programming: Coding for Kids</p> <p>In these sessions, we start by discussing the basics of computer programming, what it is, what it can do, and what it was built on. Then we will begin experimenting with block-based programming languages. Students will learn the basics of computer architecture, binary code, compilers, and algorithms. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce small programs of their own. The cost of materials is not included. This class is available to younger students (Ages K-1) and middle and high school students. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

TADA! Youth Theater

<div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TADA! Youth Theater Summer Camps (July 10-August 25, 2023)</strong> Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! TADA! is excited to be back in person with our popular Week-long Musical Theater Summer Camps!  Every week your child will:</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <ul> <li>ENGAGE IN MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING</li> <li>CREATE, REHEARSE & PERFORM AN ORIGINAL MINI- MUSICAL</li> <li>EXPLORE THEIR INTERESTS AND IDENTITY</li> <li>SHARE THEIR VOICE AND BE HEARD</li> <li>RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND SOLO OPPORTUNITIES</li> <li>EXPERIENCE ENSEMBLE-BASED INSTRUCTION BY TWO PROFESSIONAL NYC TEACHING ARTISTS</li> <li>MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH NEW FRIENDS</li> </ul> On the last day of camp, we invite friends and family to attend the debut of your child’s original mini-musical!<br /> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Limited spots available! All of our classes take place in-person at 15 W. 28th Street (between Broadway & 5th) and culminate in a final sharing for an invited audience.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>For more info or to register for our Summer Camps, visit our website <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Looking for a sample class before registering?</strong> Join us Saturday, June 3rd for an in-person sample class, Q&A, and the best discount of the summer!  Registration required to attend! </p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more info. or to register for our Summer Open house, click <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>No child should be turned away because of their inability to pay. </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="">Financial Assistance available. </a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Questions?</strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></strong></div> </div> <div> <div dir="ltr" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>