Jacob Riis Settlement House: Past, Present & Future


2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, April 23


Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 11365


Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is one of the oldest Settlement Houses in NYC. Founded by a group of Episcopal Church women on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1890, it has been headquartered in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City- the largest public housing development in the United States- since 1950. Since then, the organization has provided holistic place-based services for the children, youth, families, and seniors of Western Queens and is one of 38 Settlement Houses in New York City. Its current Executive Director, Christopher Hanway will discuss the organization’s history, its namesake and early supporter-photojournalist and social reformer Jacob A. Riis, its role in the Settlement House movement and in the borough of Queens, and its current programs and offerings as the organization enters its 127th year.


$5 General Admission; $3 Seniors/Students; Free for QHS Members