Loisaida Month! Learn the history and Culture of the Lower East Side

May is Loisaida Month!

There are numerous events, but the most exciting one happens at the end of the month!

The Loisaida Festival – The largest Puerto Rican community celebration in Lower Manhattan since 1987!


The Loisaida Festival


SUNDAY, MAY 28 –  2023

Since 1987, the Loisaida Festival has honored its history by providing a platform to celebrate arts & culture through music, dance, arts, cuisine, and other cultural celecrations of the diverse ethnic groups and nationalities that make up the fabric of the neighborhood. The Loisaida Festival highlights the unity and resolve of the Lower East Side while featuring the contributions of the diverse immigrant communities, largely Puerto Rican and Latin American, who for many generations made such an indelible mark in its history, arts, culture, politics, economy, growth, and traditions. It continues to be an iconic event focusing on Latino culture, music, cuisine, and art, while envisioning a brighter, greener, and healthier future for our ever growing  communities.

For events happening before May 28th to celebrate Loisada month, click the link below.

Events for May 2023 | Loisaida Inc.

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Workshops on the U.S. Education System & Parent-Teacher Conferences and Family Budgets

Our W2 teacher Courtney who also works as a parent coordinator at a public school taught our Evening and Weekend students about the U.S. education system and parent-teacher conferences. The students could understand the meanings of the terms related to education and practice how to communicate with their child’s teacher at parent-teacher conferences. Now they are ready to meet the teachers on May 4, 11, or 18.

Chase Bank came back to teach about family budgets for our Daytime students. The presenter led very interesting workshops by sharing her own experiences of growing up in an immigrant family. The students got interested in how to save money for their future goals such as buying a house, traveling, and retirement. The bank will come back for our Evening students this Thursday.

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Are you looking for a fun activity for any age?

Do you like to eat delicious food?

Have you ever wanted to feel like you’re in Japan without leaving NYC?

Now that the weather is nice, check out NYC’s outdoor Japanese Food Festival:


Photograph: Courtesy of Japan Fes

Time Out says:

Crowds flock to this delicious pop-up, which runs from spring through the fall, transforming parts of NYC into a sliver(1)of Japan. This massive festival attracts more than 250,000 people every year. This year, it’ll be held 20 times during the season running through October 28, making it the biggest JAPAN Fes yet. Locations include Chelsea, Astoria, NoMad, Park Slope, the East Village and more. 

Snack on treats from 750 vendors inspired by Japanese and East Asian street food like takoyaki (octopus balls), sushi, gyoza, Korean-style rice hot dogs, Taiwanese popcorn chicken, and much more. After you’re full, shop for Japanese crafts and gifts featured at the event.

Here’s the full JAPAN Fes schedule for 2023:


— April 15 in Chelsea
— April 29 in Chelsea
— April 30 in Astoria


— May 20 in NoMad
— May 21 in Park Slope


— June 4 in Midtown West
— June 17 in the East Village
— June 18 in Park Slope


— July 2 in Astoria
— July 15 in Chelsea


— August 26 in the East Village
— August 27 in the East Village


— September 9 in the Upper East Side
— September 16 in Chelsea
— September 17 in Chelsea


— October 7 in the East Village
— October 8 in the Upper West Side
— October 28 in the East Village


Sliver: a small, thin piece of something cut or split off a larger piece.


  1. Japan Fes New York is back for 2023 with a massive foodie festival (timeout.com)
  2. Sliver- Oxford English Dictionary
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Family Budget Workshop

Our new partner, Chase Bank visited us last Saturday to kick off their financial literacy workshop series for our students. The students learned how to budget for their short-term and long-term financial goals and drew up their own family budget sheet. The partner will come back to teach our daytime and evening students too. We hope that everybody will stay financially healthy!

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These are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Last month, Naima’s students wrote about their favorite things. They share their favorite books, movies, songs, New York City landmarks and more! Read more about the things that makes them happy. Share in the comments below – What’s your favorite place in New York City?

👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Class 1A Student Writing (Click Here to Expand) 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

You can click on each of the student writings to view the full page.

👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Class 1P Student Writing (Click Here to Expand) 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

You can click on each of the student writings to view the full page.

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Itchy eyes? Runny Nose? Sneezing? Headaches?

It sounds like it might be…



If you’re anything like me, as soon as April hits, your allergies go wild!

According to the weather channel, there will be a moderate to high level of pollen in the air.

That means we will feel itchy, stuffy, and sneezy until it rains. Rain lowers the pollen levels in the air, making it easier for us to breathe. Make sure to take your allergy medicine, wear a mask if you’d like, and do your best to stay away from pollen and dust as you enjoy the warmer spring weather!

The pollen being released from the trees causes people to have allergies.

You can check the pollen levels in the air by watching the news, downloading a weather app to your smartphone, or going on Weatherchannel.com and looking at the chart below.

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Summer Rising

Applications for the Summer Rising program open APRIL 17 – May 1. S.R. is a FREE summer program offered through the Department of Education and its affiliated CBO Programs. Students will be able to come to school sites to participate in academic and enrichment programs. Any student from Kindergarten to 8th grade can attend. The sessions run from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM starting July 5th – August 18th. For more information, please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer/grades-k-8  🙂 For more information, families can contact their school, or summer@schools.nyc.gov.

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