Belmont Ave Opening – May 15, 2015

Event details

  • Friday | May 15, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  After 46 years of successful music and arts programs, University of the Streets (UOTS) will close the doors of its Lower East Side facility in Manhattan on April 30, 2015, and open a new campus in the Bronx, NY.  This new location will allow us to bring our rich legacy and of cultural enrichment to the Bronx, helping to empower and assist its residents to nurture and expand their artistic talent in our high energy and diverse world class atmosphere. 

Y.E.S. (Youth Encouragement Society) is an outgrowth of UOTS’ rich history of community service in the educational/cultural, and philanthropy of University of the Streets.  The launch of this new initiative coincides with UOTS’s move to our new headquarters at 2381 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458.

Activities will vary from photography, dance, music, martial arts to Hip Hop/Jazz cultural arts and history, as well as, daily living and skills development workshops. We also provide a computer room, a game room, and a recreation room open during and after school hours, on a daily basis.  Video games, air hockey, table tennis, pool table, and musical instruments are also provided. We conduct “Movie Thursdays”, which will include a variety of historical, educational/cultural and contemporary selection of movies.  Doors are open to provide a safe haven for all who take a step forward to succeed, and fulfill their own personal aspirations.  Ongoing counseling and crisis management will always be provided.  Y.E.S. staff members, whom come from similar environments as our target constituency, truly understand the trials and tribulations of today’s adolescence experience.  Y.E.S. is a program designed to foster positive outcomes for those whom choose to make a change for the better. The University of the Streets has a 46-year proven track record of successful programming and we look forward to continuing this tradition at its new facility in the Bronx.  Y.E.S. is just one of many new initiatives that we look forward to launching at our new campus.

 We welcome you to attend our grand opening celebration on Friday, May 15th from 7 – 10 pm.   Participating artists include: Bernard Linnette and Dave Schumacher, hosts of our regular Friday Jam Sessions, with featured vocalist Jazzmeia Horn;  and bassist Rob Anderson, host of Saturday Jam Sessions, with Cheryl-Martin Anderson, on piano, and Ira Atkins, on drums, and special guests. (Regular Friday & Saturday Night Jam Sessions will resume at 9:00 pm on May 16th.)  Jazz photo exhibit by Omar Kharem.  Kindly


For more information, or to learn more on how you can help UOTS contact:

Saadia Salahuddeen

Executive Director, University of the Streets

2381 Belmont Avenue, 2nd Floor

Bronx, NY 10458

(212) 254-9300