Stylin’ Seniors - Blanca Sanchez, 67, is a member of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Senior Center at 4520 4th Ave in Brooklyn, New York. Blanca has been a member of the center for 7 years and is a volunteer, serving as a knitting teacher to her fellow seniors. - Photo by Richard Henry
Rolando Gomez, 80 and Dora Gomez, 81, are members of the Institute for the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center at 108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC. The following Is Dora’s story on how she came to become a member:
"Six years ago, I became a widow. I lost my husband as we were visiting our children in New York. I moved back to NYC and lived with one of my children. She encouraged me to come to Corona Senior Center, because I was becoming isolated and did not want to socialize with anyone.
"Coming to Corona Senior Center changed my life because I met wonderful friends and became a volunteer. Here is when I met my current husband, Rolando Gomez. I’ve been married for four months now and am having the best time of my life."
- Photo by Richard Henry
The district is visited by a diverse group of people each day, including thousands of commuters that pass through Penn Station and tourists who are out on the streets experiencing New York City life.
Depending on the time of day, you might stumble upon a special Salsa, Swing or Zumba dance class near Herald Square, taught by instructors from our district neighbor DanceSport. Watch the crowd smile and cheer as participants master the latest dance moves. You can also grab a bite to eat – a flavorful empanada from Nuchas, a sweet treat from Wafels & Dinges, a fresh apple sold at the Broadway French Market, or specialty fare from Broadway Bites.
What a great opportunity to enjoy some unique moments in the City.
Stylin’ Seniors - "I am a survivor of six heart attacks in 2001," said Maria Esther Romero, 75. “Since that time, my health is almost perfect and therefore, I love to serve people in different situations as a case worker. I am in the Institute for the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Elderly’s Corona Senior Center (108-74 Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NYC) where I give my time as a volunteer and also enjoy activities in general.” - Photo by Richard Henry
Stuart Lahn, 73, is a member of JASA Club 76 in Manhattan. Here is Stuart’s experience at the senior center in his own words:
"Shortly after retiring from a 45+ career in Market Research, I discovered JASA Club 76 West Side Senior Center and quickly became involved as a member, volunteer and advocate.
"Since joining Club 76 in early 2011, I got involved in its many stimulating activities, both physical and mental — including walking and exercise programs, drama workshops and running a brain quest class.
"I currently serve as vice president of the Center’s Advisory Council, take photos and write articles for the monthly newsletter. I manage and chair an active entertainment discount ticket program and run a very successful bingo program.
"I also have developed and maintained a list of members’ birthdays and contact information. I also am President of Friends of Club 76, an independent initiative of Club 76 members and community friends committed to advocating for funding and continued viability of the center’s programming. I regularly attend the center’s local community board meetings to advocate for the center."
- Photo by Richard Henry
Stylin’ Seniors - Zipora Schlesinger is a member of JASA Club 76. “I joined JASA in 1997 after my husband died following a long struggle with cancer and therapy,” she said. “And since then, I’ve been coming to JASA almost every day and volunteering for all kids of jobs. I volunteered in the kitchen for 15 years, was a member of the advisory council, a treasurer and program manager, among others.” - Photo by Richard Henry