Community Resources

At Bluestockings, every time you shop with us, you are helping to maintain not only a feminist bookstore, but a safer space in Manhattan that functions as a resource center for the local community and beyond.

We get asked so many questions about so many issues, with varying degrees of need and urgency. The most comprehensive resource we have found for many of these questions is Connections: A Guide for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, edited and published for free to the public by the New York Public Library.

You can download Connections here.

In this publication, you can find a robust list of resources on the following topics:

The New York Public Library’s Resources
Organizations for Formerly Incarcerated People
Education, including ESOL resources and continuing education
Financial Assistance
Physical & Mental Health
Legal Services
Immigrant Services
People with Disabilities
Resources for Women
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer People
Youth and Family Resources
Cultural Resources
Consumer Affairs & Transportation
Searching for a Job

Here is a brief list of local resources :



Survivor Resources

  • Love is Respect, advocacy group for prevention and ending abusive relationships. If you fear your internet usage is monitored, they can be reached at 886-331-9474.
  • Anti-Violence Project, empowers LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence
  • CVTC is a non-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime. CVTC can help in a crisis. Our state-certified volunteer rape crisis and domestic violence advocates are available to help survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence who visit our three emergency departments during overnight hours and on weekends, and our specially trained sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFEs) are available 24 hours a day. (212) 523-4728

Housing and Food


  • NYSED Application for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) services are for individuals with disabilities that interfere with getting or keeping a job or who have difficulty advancing at their job. VR services may only be provided if your goal is employment.
  • edX, free university courses from schools such as Harvard and MIT
  • University Settlement , programs for folks of all ages, including housing, education, and support for the aging.

Bluestockings also has a resource guide that was put together last year that includes a list of Radical Spaces in the area as well as book recommendations. Sections that cover resources that are also covered in Connections have been removed, as Connections is more up to date. You can find that pdf here (last updated 08.28.16).