Stephen Hazan Arnoff

New Look For 14th Street Y

Revamp of facility and programming pays off for the East Village institution.

12/18/2009
Staff Writer

Even before he was born, 6-year-old Shane Fleming spent lots of time in the 14th Street Y’s pool, a 20-year-old neighborhood oasis that is now home to some of his favorite weekly classes.
 

“Shane literally took every class he could possibly take since he was born” up to the present, said his mother, and longtime Y member, Jill Shely. “He totally feels like the Y is his home.”
 

Upstairs a child learns to read outside the preschool, where a LABA artist’s rendition of the orchard theme decorates the space.

Rewiring The

01/04/2008
Staff Writer
Today, the once-struggling Y is in excellent financial shape. Today, the Y is at the center of the post-9/11 revival of Jewish life in Lower Manhattan, the home to scores of activities and to the Downtown Kehillah, the umbrella group for a dozen local Jewish institutions.

Rewiring The Y

01/02/2008
Staff Writer
It’s a 15-minute drive, door-to-door, from Allison Silver’s apartment on the Lower East Side to the corner of First Avenue and 14th Street on the far east side of Manhattan. Silver, a teacher who has taken time off from teaching to raise her three young sons, makes the trip five mornings each week. Monday to Friday she drops off 3-year-old son Nachum at the 14th Street Y, where he is enrolled for the second year, in a pre-K program.
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