92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y (92Y) is a cultural and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, USA, 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.
In addition to presenting performing arts programs (classical, jazz and popular music as well as dance performances), it offers a series of talks and conversations; literary readings; film screenings; adult education; schools for music, art and dance for children and adults; professional development programs (early childhood, dance, business and fashion); family, parenting and children's activities and classes; a nursery school; a senior center; a fitness center (including fitness classes and swim team); camps; a residence that rents rooms in the Y's main building at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue; Jewish education, cultural and community programs; and educational outreach programs for public school children among its programs. The organization serves about 300,000 people annually in its New York facilities.
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. In 2012, 92Y founded #GivingTuesday, which established the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day to celebrate and encourage giving. 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. 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).
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. The YMHA founded in 1889 The Educational Alliance, together with the Aguilar Free Library, and the Hebrew Institute.
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.
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. He initiated the Y's dance center, School of Music and poetry center. 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.
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.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- Aziz Ansari
- Alan Dershowitz
- Alec Baldwin
- Richard Dawkins
- Tom Ford
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Malcolm Gladwell
- Ira Glass
- Don Henley
- Christopher Hitchens
- Billy Joel
- Karl Kirchwey
- Chaim Koppelman
- Ralph Macchio
- Rachel Maddow
- Paul McCartney
- Jimmy Page
- Jason Segel
- Jon Stewart
- George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon (in character)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Gene Wilder
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. Pianist Harry Connick Jr. lived there at age 18 when he first moved to New York in 1985.
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- "92Y Literary Events". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Film / Reel Pieces". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y In Session – Adult Ed". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y School of the Arts". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Wonderplay Conference". 92nd Street Y. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Dance Therapy Training". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "NYC Venture Fellows, an initiative of NYCEDC and 92Y". NYC Venture Fellows. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "About NYC Fashion Fellows, an initiative of NYCEDC and 92Y". NYC Fashion Fellows. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Kid Central – Programs for Kids and Parents". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Himan Brown Senior Program". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Camps". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "92Y Residence". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
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- "Home – 92Y On Demand". 92YonDemand. 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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- "About #GivingTuesday". #GivingTuesday. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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- "Social Good Summit". 92nd Street Y. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
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- 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]
- Lee, Felicia R. "92nd Street Y to Leave Its Downtown Space". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
- on YouTube, interviewed by Brian Stelter
- on YouTube, in conversation with Janet Maslin
- KimP (December 29, 2013). "Richard Dawkins and Brian Greene in Conversation at 92Y". Richard Dawkins Foundation.
- on YouTube, with Fern Mallis
- on YouTube, interviewed by Jacob Weisberg
- "- Woah. Ira Glass was here last night for a panel..." tumblr.com.
- on YouTube, in conversation with Billy Joel
- Video on YouTube
- on YouTube, moderating a conversation with Don Henley
- Rackow, Marcia (Winter 2010). "Chaim Koppelman: Pioneering Printmaker and Teacher". Journal of the Print World. 33 (1): 4. ISSN 0737-7436.
- on YouTube, moderated by Slate's culture editor John Swanburg
- "News on News: Rachel Maddow Show Heading to 92nd Street Y". Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
- on YouTube, with Charlie Rose, April 24, 2001, recorded at 92nd Street Y
- on YouTube, speaking with Anthony DeCurtis
- on YouTube, interviewed by Jeff Koons
- on YouTube interviewed by Rolling Stone's contributor, David Fear
- on YouTube, interviewed by Terry Gross
- "92Y On Demand: A Night With Kroll Show's 'Oh Hello'". 92yondemand.org. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
- on YouTube[sic], interviewed by Robert Krulwich
- on YouTube, interviewed by Robert Osborne
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