92nd Street Y

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Coordinates: 40°46′59″N 73°57′10″W / 40.7830°N 73.9527°W / 40.7830; -73.9527

Main entrance to 92Y

92nd Street Y (92Y) is a cultural and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, at the corner of East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Its full name is 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (YM-YWHA). It is not part of the YMCA.


Kaufmann building

In addition to presenting performing arts programs (classical, jazz and popular music[1] as well as dance performances[2]), it offers a series of talks and conversations;[3] literary readings;[4] film screenings;[5] adult education;[6] schools for music, art and dance for children and adults;[7] professional development programs (early childhood,[8] dance,[9][10] business[11] and fashion[12]); family, parenting and children's activities and classes;[13] a nursery school; a senior center;[14] a fitness center (including fitness classes and swim team);[15] camps;[16] a residence that rents rooms in the Y's main building at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue;[17] Jewish education, cultural and community programs;[18] and educational outreach programs for public school children[19] among its programs. The organization serves about 300,000 people annually in its New York facilities.[20]

In recent years, 92Y has expanded its digital programming to include live webcasts of events and a free digital archive at 92YOnDemand.org that includes both stage events and web-only content.[21][22] In 2012, 92Y founded #GivingTuesday, which established the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day to celebrate and encourage giving.[23] The initiative was inspired by the core Jewish value of Tikkun olam (repairing the world) and reflects the institution’s mission of reimagining community and giving back.[24] 92Y is also one of the founding partners of the annual Social Good Summit, a conference that attracts NGO, tech and business leaders and entrepreneurs, which takes place in September (during UN Week).[25]


Former YMHA, built in 1900

Founded in 1874 as the Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) by German-Jewish professionals and businessmen, 92nd Street Y has grown into an organization guided by Jewish principles but serving people of all races and faiths.[26] The YMHA founded in 1889 The Educational Alliance, together with the Aguilar Free Library, and the Hebrew Institute.

Programming centers[edit]

92nd Street Y comprises eight programming centers: Bronfman Center for Jewish Life; Lillian & Sol Goldman Family Center for Youth & Family; May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport; Milstein/Rosenthal Center for Media & Technology; School of the Arts; Charles Simon Center for Adult Life & Learning; Tisch Center for the Arts, Center for Educational Outreach and Center for Innovation and Social Impact.[27]

In 1935, William Kolodney joined the 92nd Street Y as Educational Director, instituting a wide-ranging educational program for general audiences of all faiths. He made the "Y" a center for chamber music, poetry readings, and dance performances.[28] He initiated the Y's dance center, School of Music and poetry center.[29][30] The last is now called the Unterberg Poetry Center and has been led by prominent writers including American poet Karl Kirchwey who was director for thirteen years until 2000.[31]

The Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact[edit]

The Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact brings the mission of 92nd Street Y to the world.[32] Collaborators include the UN Foundation, Mashable, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Harvard Kennedy School, Public Radio International, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.[33]


In October 2008, 92Y opened a new performance space in Tribeca called 92YTribeca to bring together and inspire a diverse community of young people from New York City and beyond, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, educators, humorists, directors, speakers, sports enthusiasts and many others. 92YTribeca was located at 200 Hudson Street and featured a performance stage with full bar for live music, comedy, theater, digital media, performance art, speakers and dance; a 72-seat movie theater that featured a variety of domestic and international films, shorts and digital media; a wireless cafe; serving fresh, local food and drinks; a lecture hall and rooms for talks, tastings, classes and more; and an art gallery offering rotating exhibits. Other programs included Jewish cultural events and celebrations, opportunities for community service throughout the city, and fun activities like summer softball in Central Park and whitewater rafting trips. In March 2013 it was announced that the 92YTribeca location would be closing that summer.[34]

Notable guests[edit]


Notable individuals who have resided at 92nd Street Y include Joseph Gurwin (1920–2009), a philanthropist who rented a room at 92nd Street Y for four years after arriving in the U.S.[58] Pianist Harry Connick Jr. lived there at age 18 when he first moved to New York in 1985.[59] Ceramicist River Valadez lived there for 19 months while making much of his early work.[60]


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  2. ^ "92Y Dance Performances". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "92Y Talks". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ "92Y Literary Events". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "92Y Film / Reel Pieces". 92nd Street Y. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ "92Y In Session – Adult Ed". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ "92Y School of the Arts". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  8. ^ "92Y Wonderplay Conference". 92nd Street Y. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ "92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ "92Y Dance Therapy Training". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  11. ^ "NYC Venture Fellows, an initiative of NYCEDC and 92Y". NYC Venture Fellows. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ "About NYC Fashion Fellows, an initiative of NYCEDC and 92Y". NYC Fashion Fellows. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  13. ^ "92Y Kid Central – Programs for Kids and Parents". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  14. ^ "92Y Himan Brown Senior Program". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  15. ^ "92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  16. ^ "92Y Camps". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  17. ^ "92Y Residence". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  18. ^ "92Y Jewish Life". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  19. ^ "92Y Educational Outreach". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  20. ^ "92Y – About Us / FAQ". 92nd Street Y. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Home – 92Y On Demand". 92YonDemand. 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  22. ^ "92nd Street Y Presents an Online Archive of Recordings". The New York Times. November 21, 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  23. ^ "About #GivingTuesday". #GivingTuesday. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  24. ^ "About #GivingTuesday". 92nd Street Y. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Social Good Summit". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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  27. ^ "92Y Centers". 92Y Website. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
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  30. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna. "Tribute to the 'Y'", The New York Times, April 23, 1974, accessed July 25, 2017
  31. ^ a b Alix Friedman (June 13, 2000). "Poetry Center Director Karl Kirchwey Leaves 92nd Street Y". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 92nd Street Y announces the departure of Karl Kirchwey, longtime director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Mr. Kirchwey will become Director of Creative Writing and Senior Lecturer in the Arts at Bryn Mawr College starting next fall. The Poetry Center is a program of the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts, the Y's arts presenting division.[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ "Belfer Center". 92nd Street Y.
  33. ^ "92Y Announces $15 Million Naming Gift for Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact". 92nd Street Y. May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  34. ^ Lee, Felicia R. "92nd Street Y to Leave Its Downtown Space". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  35. ^ "Aziz Ansari with Brian Stelter" on YouTube, interviewed by Brian Stelter
  36. ^ Alec Baldwin on YouTube, in conversation with Janet Maslin
  37. ^ "Eighth Grade: Bo Burnham in Conversation" on YouTube, interviewed by Lauren Duca
  38. ^ KimP (December 29, 2013). "Richard Dawkins and Brian Greene in Conversation at 92Y". Richard Dawkins Foundation.
  39. ^ "Tom Ford: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis" on YouTube, with Fern Mallis
  40. ^ "Exclusive Malcolm Gladwell Interview at the 92Y" on YouTube, interviewed by Jacob Weisberg
  41. ^ "- Woah. Ira Glass was here last night for a panel..." tumblr.com.
  42. ^ "Billy Joel with Don Henley" on YouTube, in conversation with Billy Joel
  43. ^ Video on YouTube
  44. ^ "Billy Joel with Don Henley" on YouTube, moderating a conversation with Don Henley
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  47. ^ "News on News: Rachel Maddow Show Heading to 92nd Street Y". Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  48. ^ Paul McCartney on YouTube, with Charlie Rose, April 24, 2001, recorded at 92nd Street Y
  49. ^ "Nas with Anthony DeCurtis" on YouTube, speaking with Anthony DeCurtis
  50. ^ "Jimmy Page On His Spectacular Life and Career" on YouTube, interviewed by Jeff Koons
  51. ^ "Jason Segel on The End of the Tour with David Fear" on YouTube interviewed by Rolling Stone's contributor, David Fear
  52. ^ "Trailblazing female comic icon Joan Rivers honored for her many appearances at the 92 Street Y'"., recognized by 92nd Street Y
  53. ^ "Jon Stewart in Conversation with Terry Gross" on YouTube, interviewed by Terry Gross
  54. ^ "92Y On Demand: A Night With Kroll Show's 'Oh Hello'". 92yondemand.org. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  55. ^ "Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Blackholes and Other Cosmic Quandries" on YouTube[sic], interviewed by Robert Krulwich
  56. ^ "Gene Wilder on Willy Wonka Remake, Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, and more" on YouTube, interviewed by Robert Osborne
  57. ^ "Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton in conversation with Gayle King" on YouTube, interviewed by Gayle King
  58. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Joseph Gurwin, Textile Manufacturer and Philanthropist, Dies at 89", The New York Times, September 26, 2009. Accessed September 29, 2009.
  59. ^ Randall, Judy L. "When Harry met Staten Island's Father Richard", Staten Island Advance, April 21, 2008. Accessed February 23, 2020.
  60. ^ Johnson, Welsh. "Early Works of Valadez", sound bridge, April 21, 2020. Accessed September 1, 2020.

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