Northside Center for Child Development keeps pushing
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 5/23/2013, 4:13 p.m.
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. One good rainstorm and we should be in full springtime effect--lilacs, gardenias, tulips and trees in full bloom. It's amazing how green everything is turning after a long, hard winter.
Not so amazing is how Northside Center for Child Development continues to do what they do best. That is, caring and responding to children's needs while praising and encouraging them and their families, especially those most in need of a helping hand. Under the leadership of the most accomplished Thelma Dye, PhD., with the assistance from a devoted staff, the support of those committed to the cause, it's not so amazing that after 67 years, the Northside Center continues to thrive.
Living the dream of its founders, the pioneering psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Phipps Clark, Northside meets poverty and those most affected by it head-on. The board of directors, Chairman Michael Goldstein and President Susan Patricof, along with husband Alan, never, ever, never, ever, never stop giving their time, energy and fundraising efforts to ensure that Northside's holistic approach to helping those struggling with emotional, behavioral and educational difficulties succeeds. Is this something to celebrate? Yes, it is, and they celebrated with a gala extraordinaire. But more about that next week.
Also celebrating are those enjoying the splendor of the new Harlem Shake. No, not the crazy dance, but the new restaurant located on 124th Street and Lenox Avenue. It's big and it's bright with a menu that is sure to delight. Still holding its own is Sette Panni, which has once again reinvented itself with a menu that is more Italian and less Mediterranean. In other words, there are things on the menu that one can recognize and delight in rather than walk away from, saying "yuck." I always enjoy the outdoor dining, and at 120th Street, it's a little less hectic than Chez Luciene at 125th. However, Chez has a special fish menu on Thursdays that all fish lovers should run to indulge in.
For art lovers everywhere, the Park Avenue Armory hosted Art's Night Out, an evening of eclectic art, with artifacts, discussions and plenty of mixing and mingling from hither, thither and yon. Represented were artistries from the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Museum, the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art, the Young Fellows of the Morgan Museum & Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the American Friends of the Louvre, the New York Historical Society, the Asia Society, Carnegie Hall Notables, El Museo del Barrio, the Guild Hall of East Hampton, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Royal Oak Foundation, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Save Venice, the Museum of the City of New York, the Rubin Museum of New York, the American Folk Art Museum Alvin Ailey and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.