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.
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.