Located in a lovingly restored former synagogue in the heart of the Lower East Side, also known as Loisaida. the Sixth Street Community Center has been working to empower the community through grassroots organizing since 1978. We offer a variety of programs and events including free arts, writing and gardening after school and summer programs for local youth; affordable adult workshops, donation-based yoga, zumba, and dance classes; a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); poetry and open mic nights; and much, much more. Whether you're interested in learning more about what we have to offer, hoping to join the CSA, or hungering for a fresh, organic juice on-site at our Organic Soul Café, our doors are always open. We are located at 638 E Sixth Street. Just stop by!
The Loisaida neighborhood is home to a historically and culturally rich community. Neighborhood struggles for affordable housing, education and labor rights have long marked its history. The housing movement, for example, helped form the area in the 1970s and ’80s. Homesteaders and squatters worked toward the common goal of reclaiming run-down and abandoned buildings and lots and developing them into affordable housing and community gardens.
Today the neighborhood remains incredibly diverse and lively. At the same time it has a truly peaceful and natural feeling growing out of its 50 community gardens. Loisaida is home to countless community groups, art organizations and poetry and music venues which keep the spirit of activism and community alive.
For maps, photos, and a history of the community gardens, see Elissa Sampson’s “A Flowering of Resistance.”