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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
92Y Video: Vivian Gussin Paley at 92Y Wonderplay Conference 2008

In the video clip above, early childhood education researcher and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Vivian Gussin Paley speaks at last years Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference, an all-day conference for early childhood educators. She touches on the importance of imagination and play in childrens’ development, as well as suggesting the most important aspect between a teacher and child:

You, one on one, can be kind to each child. You need no permission from anyone to look every child in the eye and make the child understand how you respect him and her and how you want to carry on this conversation, and how much you love the child’s play and talk, and everything about the child…

...You will never do a more important thing in your life. This is the great gift we give to each child everyday.”

Registrations for this year’s 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference are being accepted now. Forms are online here.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
92Y Video: Share Your Story

We took to the streets this past Sunday for the 92Y Street Fest, and thanks to all who braved the morning rain to come out! Continuing the Share Your Story video series, we set up our video booth to capture your stories. Featured in the video above is Melissa, who attended class at 92Y as a child. She still has the trophy she was awarded for winning a relay race while a student here. Melissa, if you’re watching, we want to see that trophy!

As part of the 92Y Street Fest, we offered a coupon good for a 10% discount on classes and events. We would like to extend that offer to our blog readers through Oct 30, 2009. Use discount code FALL when ordering event tickets online or by phone. Please note: When purchasing classes, you must order by phone: 212.415.5500, to utilize the discount code. We can not accept the discount code for classes online.

Regular prices vary. Discount cannot be combined with any other offers and does not apply to prior sales. Not Applicable toward Health & Fitness memberships. Restrictions apply. Offer valid through 10.30.09. Discount is valid for first time enrollment only for the following 92nd Street Y programs: Noar Afterschool, Connect Jewish Afterschool, Private Music Instruction, 60+ membership or Parent Center Membership.

Offer is not valid for subscription tickets nor is it valid for Summer Camp, Flying Dolphins Swim Team or Gymnastics Team registrations.

10% discount not valid for online class registrations.

View all our classes and events.

[92Y Share Your Story]

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Friday, October 16, 2009
This Sunday: 92Y Street Festival 2009!

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The 92nd Street Y Street Festival on Sunday, on Lexington Ave between 79th and 94th Street, is going to happen rain or shine – we’ll have our information booths and other activities out on the street, a farmer’s market, International Way, and lots more (barring an actual monsoon… or whiteout, depending on the temperature)!  BUT… since we’re guessing there may be more “rain” than “shine,” we’re bringing our FREE ENTERTAINMENT indoors.  So if you need a place to hide out or dry out, here’s the schedule:

For EVERYONE…now in our Kaufmann Concert Hall!

12:00 – Swiss Accordion Player Christoph Grieder
12:15 - Swing Dance with Myrna Caceras
12:40 – Social Dance with the Sandra Cameron Dancers
1:00 – Tango with Karina Romero & Dardo Galletto
1:15 - Adult Flamenco Class with JoDe “La Chispa” Romano & Students
1:40 - 92Y Dance 75th Anniversary Performance Highlights
2:00 – Rock duo featuring guitarist Chris Bergson
2:30 - Americana/Rock singer Ann Klein with Alison Cornell
3:00 – Salsa Dance with Jose Rosario & Yvonne Vasquez
3:30 - Middle Eastern dance with Blanca
3:45 – DJ Peter Borenstein
4:25 – Gregorio Uribe Big Band (Colombia)

FOR PARENTS AND KIDS…The WONDERPLAY Stage moves to Warburg Lounge (off the lobby) - Sponsored by Stonyfield

12 - Sing & Shout with Karina Zilberman
12:30 – SoundGarden demo by Jessie Murphy
12:50 – Musical IQ
1:20 - Sing & Shout with Karina Zilberman
1:45 - Hop on Stage and Dance with Mari Lopez
2:15 – Musical IQ
2:45 - Swiss Accordion Player Christoph Grieder
3:00 – DJ Peter Borenstein
3:40 - Sing & Shout with Karina Zilberman
4:10 - 92Y Teen Tap Team with Juli Greenberg

And don’t forget to take advantage of rain-or-shine Street Festival specials:

  • 10% Off tickets and class registration from Sunday through Friday, Oct 23
  • $0 Down on May Center memberships – Sunday through Tuesday, Oct 20
  • New fitness, art, music and dance classes start in October and November at the May Center and School of the Arts (shorter, more economical sessions)!
  • May Center tours all day!

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    Friday, October 09, 2009
    92Y Super Sukkah

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    The nursery school students at 92Y beautifully decorated the 92Y Sukkah, photographed above, which is on display in our lobby.  Thanks kids, we love it!

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    Thursday, September 03, 2009
    Are You Ready for Life (Part 2)? Phil Donahue, Evan Handler, Gail Sheehy and others


    The new season of Life (Part 2) is coming to PBS soon! The first episode will air on Sep 16. Life (Part 2) offers lively conversation from an eclectic mix of writers, thinkers, performers, and ordinary people, on how they can overcome the obstacles that come with aging to live a vibrant and fulfilling second part of life. In the clip above, PBS hit the streets to find out what annoys Baby Boomers about twenty somethings and vice versa.

    Speaking to this renewed interest in Baby Boomers, the New York Times has a relatively new column: Generation B. B for Baby Boomers, of course. The latest installment by writer Michael Winerip features a 58 year old former senior vice president for a private student-loan company who is now jobless.

    And on Oct 7, join us at 92Y with some of the guests featured in the series and others, such as as Phil Donahue, Evan Handler, Gail Sheehy, Robert A.F. Thurman, Faye Wattleton, and Robert Lipsyte as moderator as they discuss the issues and questions raised in the series.

    If you have questions for the panelists, leave it here in the comments, with your name and age, and we might use it on stage!

    [Are You Ready for Life (Part 2)? Phil Donahue, Evan Handler, Gail Sheehy and others]

    Upcoming events at 92Y:

  • The Spitzer Lecture: Paul Krugman in Conversation with Charlie Rose: Sep 22
  • Howard Dean’s Progressive Prognosis: Sep 24
  • Matthew Broderick with Kenneth Lonergan: Sep 30
  • Jane Velez-Mitchell with Ashleigh Banfield: Oct 10

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    Friday, August 28, 2009
    Life Cycle Ceremonies – Baby Naming Ceremonies with Karina Zilberman

    Wendy M., a parent who, daughter in tow, attends Karina Zilberman’s Tot Shabbat on Friday mornings. After having another child, She recalled the “sweetness and joy” of Karina, and her presence that emanated to the children who enjoyed the class so much. “I wanted that feeling and sentiment for my daughter’s baby naming,” said, and knowing the 92nd Street Y offers Life Cycle Celebrations at the 92nd Street Y: Baby Naming Ceremonies, she decided to call Karina. Wendy sent 92Y a note about her experience that day:

    imageKarina was very kind and helpful in every aspect of the planning. She was especially understanding and respectful of my own, unique, personal circumstances. She helped me personalize the ceremony, suggested some prayers and poems and helped me choose my daughter’s Hebrew name. 

    The ceremony was held in the 92nd Street Y [Weill Art Gallery] and everything went perfectly. The room was set-up on time and someone from the Jewish Life staff helped oversee the logistics. When we were ready, Karina started singing a negun which set the tone for the ceremony to begin.

    There were many tears that day, but they were all tears of joy. My friends and family thought the ceremony was very meaningful and remarked that it was a special day for them. For me, it was one of the most special days of my life. 

    Thanks Karina and thanks to everyone at the 92nd Street Y for such a memorable day.

    Thanks to you as well, Wendy. We’re glad to have been able to be of service on such an important day for you and your daughter.




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    Wednesday, August 12, 2009
    Wonderplay and Wonderplay Too Books Now Available on Amazon’s Kindle

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    Wonderplay, the popular parent’s guide to active child’s play and Wonderplay, Too, the follow-up book by Fretta Reitzes, director of the 92nd Street Y’s Lillian & Sol Goldman Family Center for Youth & Family, and Beth Teitelman, former director of the Parenting Center, are now both available for Amazon’s Kindle Reader. You can continue to purchase them in book form here on our website as well.

    The book has received enthusiastic reviews from an impressive lineup of experts, such as Tiki Barber (former NFL star player for the New York Giants), Michael Thompson, PhD (psychologist, lecturer, author of New York Times best-seller Raising Cain), and Gail Saltz, MD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital and NBC TODAY show contributor).

    Purchasing info and sample pages are available here. Complete information about our Wonderplay programs and classes can be found here




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    Tuesday, August 04, 2009
    You Can Play Air Hockey, But First You’ll Prep for the SAT, Right?


    Jennifer Wagner at Examiner.com wrote up a nice piece on the Teen Center at 92Y.

    She gave some shout-outs to the Teen Center’s Career Institute, Educational Enrichment Programs, Mental Health Resources, and SAT Prep program. Open from 2pm to 6pm every Mon-Fri, Wagner discovered why the Center is so popular:

    When teens come to the Y, there is a teen lounge outfitted with a television, computers, air hockey, video games, magazines and a stereo for teens to hand and meet new people.

    Yes, air hockey and video games. Read the full article here.

    [Teen Center at 92Y]

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    Monday, August 03, 2009
    92nd Street Y Fall Classes Now On Sale

    We were happy to report (via Twitter, of course!) on our class montage video created for the launch of our fall season class schedule— and some people were excited to see it. So watch the video above and see away! If you’re feeling adventurous, leave a comment and tell us your thoughts.

    We offer a wide variety of programming and classes here at 92Y; as an article in the Associated Press recently noted, every year we have over 4,000 classes and workshops are offered in art, dance, music, fitness, personal development, writing and more—for all ages. Un buffet vero di tutti i generi di codici categoria, compreso i codici categoria di lingua.

    There is, literally, something for everyone. Enrollment is now open, and some of those classes fill up very quickly, so browse the list and make your choice.

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    Friday, July 17, 2009
    92Y Blog Week in Review

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    Another week has passed. With that, we have another cheat sheet of highlights on the blog this week:

  • Pianist Jenny Lin was featured on WNYC’s blog, Soundcheck, two days after we reminded you that she offers private piano lessons here at 92Y.
  • Again in sync with WNYC, (hey good culture is good culture!) there was a post on The Newman Lecture: Richard Dawkins with Robert Krulwich on Evolution.
  • Park Slope and bloggers across New York City were intoxicated with the news that Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker might have bought a home in the Slope. Then the New York Times came and spolied everyone’s fun.
  • The Associated Press wrote a great piece about “life-learners” and the 4000+ classes here on tap at 92Y.
  • Christian Tetzlaff, the long distant runner of classical violinists will be playing a marathon performance this fall of Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas
  • We introduced you to the NETSational Seniors, and invited you to a screening of the film, Gotta Dance

    Enjoy your weekend, and see you on Monday!

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    Thursday, July 16, 2009
    How To Write a Blog Post About How To Make How To’s

    imageVia Twitter we asked: “...if we made a how-to video, what would you like to see? How-to what? ‘How to be Anna Wintour?’ ‘How to swim laps?’”

    Our followers, who we LOVE, responded with awesome ideas. @greenpointmom suggested a how-to live like Anna Wintour on a budget, how-to blow dry your own hair, tennis lessons, and how-to “make a Starbucks triple venti latte in your work pantry.” @Jawsh_E chimed in with: “how to make a how to video on making a how to video.” And @Chriz10 from the Netherlands suggested: “How to....lay on the grass in Central Park...”

    We really want to make these videos. In the meantime...let’s see what we have here in our little box of keepsakes under the desk that might be similar.

    Here’s Anna Wintour talking about what she looks for in employees. Beauty tid-bits from Why Smart Women Still Care About Their Looks. Our Maycenter Health and Fitness page has a video, and though we’ve no tennis courts here, we do have everything else under the sun, including handball, which is like tennis, right?

    A “How-to make a latte” video might be right up food historian and author Francine Segan’s alley, who is a frequent guest here and has discussed the topic of coffee before. The “How-to make a how-to make a video” will be a fun one to make. As you may or may not know, we like to make videos.

    Lastly, there was our favorite suggestion for a video on “How to....lay on the grass in Central Park...enjoying the view, the joggers and the people eating their lunch out of brown paper bags.” Again, a superb idea. We enjoy Central Park as much as the next person, and have some upcoming classed and events there. Such as a Watercolor in Central Park class, Gouache Painting in Central Park, and the Central Park in the Dark—Nocturnal Creature Tour. Clearly we will need to bring the camera along next time and do a quick how-to lay in the park video.

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    Wednesday, July 15, 2009
    Learning Continues for Life at the 92nd Street Y

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    An article in the Associated Press by Ann Levin explores the subject of adult learning, by “so called life-learners.” The U.S. Department of Education estimates that about 20% of adults takes classes taught at colleges, community centers, libraries and other venues, such as here at the 92nd Street Y. Adults such as Kumar Shah who has taken writing classes at 92Y since semi-retiring from his career in corporate finance, where he earned a reputation for a “pretty decent way with words.”

    92Y the AP notes, has: ”more than 4,000 classes, some taught by leading scholars and writers such as Frank McCourt and Margaret Atwood.”

    Indeed, at 92Y School of Music, you can take private piano lessons with acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin. In our craft studios featured on PBS, you can take jewelry classes with Klaus Bürgel, as seen in this video. With over 4000 classes, there are far too many to feature here, though we would like nothing more then to do so. Dance classes at Harkness Dance Center where Paul Taylor and others got their start, writing classes at Unterberg Poetry Center, where Kurt Vonnegut famously read from Breakfast of Champions, three years before it was published.

    The AP continued:

    “You get a lot of value in taking a course,” said Sean Gallagher, program director and senior analyst at Eduventures, a higher education research and consulting firm. “If you take a course for $200 and it meets weekly for eight weeks, that’s a lot of value compared to some other activities.”

    Browse all the classes 92Y has to offer




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    Friday, July 10, 2009
    92Y Camps: “Everything Under the Sun”

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    Have you clicked around our interactive camps map yet? Go ahead and click it above, and check out the fire truck that has been converted into a play structure, the pool, amphitheater, and dozens more attraction and activities at 92Y Camps. That fire truck, by the way, is wildly popular, as anyone familiar with Ivan Ulz’s famous song can tell you.

    Registrations for our summer season Baseball, Basketball, Film and Fashion specialty camps at 92Y Camps are underway now. As Time Out New York Kids wrote:

    If you want your kids to be exposed to everything under the sun this summer, send them down to Camp Yomi. Campers are encouraged to participate in every activity offered, which include a mix of sports, music, jewelry making, cartooning, cooking, filmmaking, nature and much more. Kids also get their feet wet twice daily through both instructional and free swim programs.

    And when the kids are at camp, how will you spend your time here in the city?

    Related:

  • Summer of Film
  • Jazz in New York City Reaches its Climax in June and July
  • Take a Body and Soul Staycation




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    Monday, June 15, 2009
    Staten Island Begins Beyond the Terminal

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    From left to right: Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Hyatt St, and St. George Theater

    The creation of Fresh Kill Park in Staten Island is scheduled to take place over the next next 30 years, when finished it will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The next several years will see public access to the interior of the site being built, and maybe even a billboard or two.

    In the meantime, we have our Staten Island Waterfront and St. George tour under way, the next one is Jul 12. We’ll be visiting the St. George area of Staten Island, the new esplanade and 9/11 memorial, the ballpark where the Staten Island Yankees play, the newly renovated St. George theater and more. Because as nice as it might be to get on the ferry and ride it back and forth between the islands, New York City has five boroughs. Getting off the ferry and visiting “Staten Island’s wonderland” is something you will wish you had done years ago.

    Upcoming tours:

  • Brooklyn Bridge and Beyond: Jun 21
  • Lower East Side Synagogues: Jun 21
  • Yiddish Rialto: Sites and Synagogues of the East Village: Jun 28
  • Grand Central Terminal: Jul 26




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    Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    Hot Fun in the Summertime

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    Photo of South Street Seaport’s Water Taxi Beach by Stephen Dima

    Summertime is here. For some of you that means choosing a summer camp for your children. For others it might mean taking a vacation to some far off locale such as Maine. And yet for others it means a staycation in the city. The City of New York and it’s rich cultural institutions make for a very fulfilling, if not blazing hot, summer in the city. Street fairs, art installations, Central Park, bike paths, movies under the bridge. Times Square is now essentially a pedestrian mall. City Parks has a calendar of free music, arts, theater, and dance that seem limitless. Not a week passes that doesn’t see a newspaper or magazine feature dedicated to the 50 best things to do this summer in New York City. Blogs like Mommy Poppins put together fabulous lists of things to do in New York City with your children.  NYC Dad’s group, an active participant at our Parenting Center, has also put together their own list of activities for you and your baby this summer in the city. The Rooftop at the MET Museum, the Watertaxi beach, and Governor’s Island are places mentioned. For some indoor programs, we’d like to mention our Indoor Playtime and Lunch Bunch drop-in programs as a flexible and easy option that run through July. Or check out all of our Parenting Center options here.

    Have a safe and happy summer no matter where you go or what you do.




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