New Beginnings Program Descriptions & Schedule

In-Person Program Schedule

Online Program Schedule

New & Noteworthy



Thursdays at 10:00 AM

Watercolor Painting with Dmitriy Moshkovich

This class, which ends on April 18, is full.



Friday, February 2nd, at 10:00 AM

Nutrition Lecture: Under Pressure – Strategies for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle 

Join us as we learn strategies and tools to navigate cardiovascular health effectively. From demystifying blood pressure myths to providing actionable strategies for lowering blood pressure and practical tips for salt reduction, participants will gain valuable insight to foster a sustainable and heart-conscious lifestyle. Presented by Samantha Podob, MS, RD, CDN.




Monday, February 5th, at 10:00 AM

Lecture: Louis Armstrong

Join us as lecturer and historian Philip Nelson brings to life Louis Armstrong, one of the most important figures of the 20th century American music scene. His career was long, covering the history of jazz and popular music for over four decades, with many contributions to important causes. We will also watch clips of videos of his performances. 




Wednesdays, starting February 7th,  at 10:00 AM 

Returning Program:  Improv with Frank

Actor and Teacher Frank Ingrasciotta returns to New Beginnings to lead a ten-week IMPROV workshop. Explore the elements of improvisation and acting while freeing your creativity, build confidence, and improve mental agility. The class includes a wide variety of exercises, games, improvisations, short-scripted material, monologues, and scenes.  No experience necessary.  This program is sponsored by the Bronx Opera Company and funded by a New York City Council SuCASA Discretionary grant via the office of Councilmember Eric Dinowitz.  Classroom will be capped at 25 participants with the understanding that participants will attend the whole series.  New participants will not be able to join after the third week because each class builds upon the previous class. To register, please contact Grethel at or at 347-913-4395. 




Wednesdays, starting February 7th,  at 1:00 PM

Returning Program:  Hudson River Voices

Since 2015, the Bronx Opera Company has sponsored Hudson River Voices, a chorus here at the New Beginnings Older Adult Center. This year, we’re encouraging chorus members to share the music that resonates with each participant, deepening the connections among the singers.  And, we’re introducing a new pair of leaders Caprice Corona and Erik Nelson Werner, who will continue the work started by Andy Klima while adding their own perspective to what the group prepares and presents.  If you like singing, or if you’d like to learn a little more about singing, join us, and experience the joy of singing!  No experience necessary. Classroom will be capped at 25 participants. To register, please contact Grethel at or at 347-913-4395. 



Tuesdays, February 13 and 27, at 9:00AM

Chair Aerobics with Stuart 

In response to member requests, we continue to add two additional Chair Aerobics classes with Stuart each month. 




 Wednesday, February 14th, at 9:30 AM


Shopping Trip to Paramus Mall

Join us for a shopping trip to the Paramus Mall in New Jersey. The van leaves the Y at 9:30 am and returns at 2:30 pm. The $20 fee includes round-trip transportation and a bagged lunch. Sign up with Grethel by Friday, February 9th, 2024. Please arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to departure. 



Friday, February 16th, at 10:00 AM

Intergenerational Event with Winston Prep- Bridging Perspectives: Generations Unite for Civil Rights

Join us for an inspiring event, “Bridging Perspectives,” where the vibrant voices of Winston Prep High School students meet the seasoned wisdom of older adults in a dynamic intergenerational conversation on civil rights. This program is an opportunity to connect across generations, fostering mutual understanding and shared insights on the ongoing journey towards equality and justice. We meet at 10am, followed by 11am current event discussion and lunch in our dining room. To sign up, please email Alexandra Nyashina at or see volunteers at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor between 10am and 11am daily.



Tuesday, February 20th, at 11:30 AM 

Happy February Birthday!  Entertainment at 1:00 PM

Enjoy a special lunch and stay for entertainment by Nicole L. Tickets are a suggested contribution of $3.50 in advance or $4.50 the day of the event.  Please be sure to purchase yours early to secure a seat. Entertainment: Nicole L. is a singer/musician and multi-instrumentalist. She performs on vocals along with sax and keyboards. By day she has served the NYC school system as a celebrated teacher for over 30 years. She was not only born to teach but to serve through music and entertainment. It is her calling and passion. Nicole performs 1950s-1980s pop hits, Soul, Motown, Dance, R&B, Funk, Jazz standards, and International. 



Wednesday, February 21, at 1:00PM

Bereavement Support Group with Carmen

This small group of up to 12 individuals who have recently experienced a loss provides a safe atmosphere where people can do the kind of sharing and listening needed in order to heal. Please contact Carmen for more information or if you need to talk privately about a recent loss. (Carmen Lopez, LMSW, 347-913-4391)



Thursdays, starting February 22nd, at 10:00 AM

Returning Program:  Silver Shoes Dance Club


Join Daniella for four weeks of Ballroom and Latin dance classes. Learn the basic steps of Cha-Cha, Tango, Swing, Waltz and more. Classes are built on skills from week to week so try not to miss out on a session.  No partner or previous experience required and all abilities welcomed! 



Monday, February 26th, at 10:30 AM

Intergenerational Sing-a-long with  Refreshments


Join us for an intergenerational Snack and Sing Along with the Riverdale Y’s Early Childhood Department’s  Director, Renee Bock. Share holiday songs and snacks with our Early Childhood students.  



Tuesday, February 27th, at 10:00 AM

Trip to The Louis Armstrong House Museum

Join us for a trip to the Louis Armstrong House Museum where we will witness the cultural, historical, and humanitarian legacy of Louis Armstrong through the preservation and interpreting of Armstrong’s home and grounds, collection and archived materials that document Armstrong’s life and legacy. The van will leave at 10am.  Please be at the center no later than 9:45am. Please speak to Grethel for accessibility questions and sign-up by Thursday, February 22nd. Limited to 10 spots. The fee is $23.00, which includes the museum ticket, round-trip transportation and a bagged lunch.



Wednesday, February 28th, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Mobile Food Pantry 

Pick up food from The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Mobile Food Pantry.  To register, please contact Shira Silverman via email at You will be asked to sign an attestation for income eligibility each time you pick up food from the pantry. If you’re already registered, you can simply show up. 



February’s  Friday Flicks – Fridays at 12:45 PM


February 2nd: Dumb Money (2023) David vs. Goliath tale about everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (the video game store) into the world’s hottest company. 1h 45m



February 9th: Golda (2023) Focuses on the intensely dramatic and high-stakes responsibilities and decisions that Golda Meir, also known as the “Iron Lady of Israel,” faced during the Yom Kippur War. 1h 40m



February 16th: Priscilla (2023) The unseen side of a great American myth in Priscilla Presley’s turbulent relationship with Elvis. Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) tells a deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame through her eyes. 1h 53m



February 23rd: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. 1h 56m






Manicures will be on hiatus until March 2024.


Functional Movement with Terry Roche on Thursdays will now start at 10:30am. 




Our Book Club takes place on Thursday, February 29 at 1:00pm.  This month’s book is The Riviera House by Natasha Lester. If you want to join the book club, email  This club is now in a Hybrid format. Adele can send you a link and discussion questions for the Zoom meeting or you can join with other members directly from the Y day of the program and we’ll print out the discussion questions for you. 


Wednesdays at 9:00 AM  

Tech Class with Trinity 

Bring your mobile device and hone your tech skills. This month’s topics are:  


February 7th: Phone camera & photos-How to take pictures and videos on your phone. How to share and delete photos.


February 14th: Zoom basics-Learn how to use zoom to participate in video classes and to stay connected with friends and family. Learn how to join a meeting, mute, unmute and turn on and off your video. Learn how to use the chat feature.


February 21st: Screenshots-Learn what screenshots on your phone are. How to take them and why to take them.


February 28th: Alarm, Timer and World Clock features-How to set an alarm and timer on your phone. How to use the world clock feature to see what time it is in different time zones.



Monthly Blood Pressure Check

Center Member Leona Konyn, RN,  will check blood pressure the second Thursday of each month. From 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. 




Wednesdays at 1:30 pm

Water Aerobics/Open Swim

Advance registration is no longer required weekly for Open Swim and Water Aerobics. Pool capacity continues to be limited to 25 persons.






Broadway Showcase  


We are pleased to announce the musical for our Spring Broadway Showcase. We will be performing the beloved, award-winning musical A CHORUS LINE!



Rehearsals and placement meetings will begin in early March. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:45-1:45pm Remember that the full cast won’t be called to each rehearsal, particularly because A CHORUS LINE is about several individual stories with song and monologues. The music is wonderful and includes “What I Did For Love,” “At the Ballet,” and “One Singular Sensation,” to name a few favorites. The script is funny and poignant. 



We look forward to seeing many of you this Spring. We have so much fun! And the performance is rewarding for both the cast and the audience. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call our Director, Laurie Walton at 347-913-4430 or




Mondays, starting March 4th, at 9:30 AM

NEW WEEKLY CLASS – Conversational Spanish for Beginners 

Ready to take your Spanish skills to the next level? Join Volunteer Rhonda Gura-Stock for a fun and interactive language learning experience! Open to members with a basic understanding of the language, this class is the perfect opportunity to build upon your foundation and become fluent in no time. ¡Hasta pronto!



Wednesdays, starting April 17th, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Memoir-Writing Workshop (H)

Have you ever wanted to write a memoir but didn’t know where to start? In this workshop writer and educator, Frank Ingrasciotta, will guide you on how to bring your life stories to the page. Documenting our stories also gives our loved ones a remembrance and understanding of our roots.  In this ten-session memoir writing class, we will examine various aspects of storytelling. Through the ease of using writing exercises, we will explore the tools of your personal expression that will bring your writing to life.  This class will be Hybrid with members joining both in person and by Zoom. To register please contact Grethel at or at 347-913-4395.   


Program Descriptions


Stay Well Exercise  

An exercise program that accommodates participants of all fitness levels, Stay Well enhances balance, builds muscle strength and aids in the performance of tasks associated with daily living.


Manicures (on hiatus)

Get a shape and a colorful shine from our dedicated volunteers.  Sign up at the Welcome Desk on the second floor across from the elevator or with Gladys. 


Chess Clinic 

Join Joel Perlmutter to learn how to play chess or find a partner. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.



Find inner peace and clarity through meditation! Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to the practice, our meditation classes offer something for everyone. Join us to learn different forms of meditation, practice mindfulness, and find relaxation in the present moment. Discover the transformative power of meditation for yourself!


Tech Lab with Jerry 

For one-on-one assistance with your tech concerns, register at the Welcome Desk on the second floor across from the elevator or contact Gladys at ext 223 or


Art Explorations with Daniel Hauben   

Renowned Bronx Artist Daniel Hauben shares insights into the works of well known artists.   Join him as he explores the evolution of the great artists from their early works onward.  Learn more about artistic periods and the history surrounding them, what influenced these great artists, and how they influenced the world.


Brain Games and Charades with Marv

Join Marv Goodman for word and picture puzzles, trivia and nostalgic quizzes and games.  We’ll play Charades the second half of each session.


Knitting with Barbara

Join Knitter Extraordinaire Barbara Goodman to make your first scarf or work out a complicated new sweater pattern. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.


Chair Aerobics with Stuart 

Stuart Haden, a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor, teaches one-hour cardio and flexibility workouts that can be performed seated or with the support of a chair.


Technology Class with Trinity   

Bring your mobile device and hone your tech skills. 


Water Aerobics/Open Swim

Advance registration NO LONGER required weekly for Open Swim and Water Aerobics. Pool capacity continues to be limited to 25 persons. 

Conversational Spanish for Advanced Beginners with Rhonda

Open to members with a basic understanding of the language, this class is the perfect opportunity to build upon your foundation and become fluent in no time. ¡Hasta pronto!


Functional Movement with Terry

Join Terry Roche in her popular functional training fitness class. Terry is a personal trainer and holds multiple certifications.


Chair Yoga with Anthony (Hybrid) 

This class can be performed seated or with the support of a chair, making it accessible for all fitness levels. Come discover the power of yoga to enhance your strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. Anthony Purdy is a certified yoga instructor as well as an award winning classical guitarist, teacher and poet.


Group Chat with Carmen

Open to all members, we’ll discuss issues that are important to you and your peers. Facilitated by Carmen Lopez, our Social Worker.


Book Club (Hybrid)

If you want to join the Book Club, email She will send you a link and discussion questions for the Zoom meeting.

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