You might know the name Emma Lazarus from the following lines of poetry that adorn the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
But at 92nd Street Y, we know her as a former English language teacher. Learn more about 92Y’s history in this great photographic timeline we’ve put together.
Turns out that Lazarus taught English to Russian immigrants at 92Y’s downtown branch in 1883 – the same year that she penned the famous sonnet “The New Colossus” – the very words that serve as Lady Liberty’s voice. That’s one small detail—and one of the few details of her life – that you won’t find in the smashing review from The New York Times earlier this week, of the Emma Lazarus exhibit now on view at (Lower Manhattan’s) Museum of Jewish Heritage.
It might be cold outside now, but springtime is approaching. As is the NYC Half-Marathon, on March 18. And while we are aware of the health benefits of running, less noted but just as important are the spiritual benefits. Writing in The Huffington Post, Michael Rossmann remarked on the “countless hours of solitude and silence” and the “meditative, steady pounding of feet—and especially when done in the beauty of creation,” when exploring the spiritual aspects of running. “Distance running, like the spiritual life,” he continued, “requires considerable discipline and a long period of training.” We bet Pico Iyer would find this perspective on running interesting.
92nd Street Y is an official Charity Partner of the NYC Half-Marathon. We are sponsoring a team of runners who will raise funds during the New York Roadrunners’ (NYRR) Half-Marathon on March 18. All the money raised by Team 92Y will go to our Youth Sports Scholarship Fund, giving youths from economically challenged families the opportunity to take part in the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport’s wide-ranging health, fitness, sports and aquatics programs.
92Y has 10 guaranteed spots in the race. Find out more about requirements and benefits of joining Team 92Y, which include two months adult preferred membership at 92Y’s May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport.
If you are interested in joining the 92Y team at the 2012 NYC Half-Marathon, complete the Athlete Application for 92Y Team at the 2012 NYC Half-Marathon [PDF] and fax to 212.415.5671 or email Steve Dercole.
After you’ve joined Team 92Y, head over to the New York Road Runners Facebook page to join other marathoners in discussions, tips, live chats, and more.
[2012 NYC Half-Marathon]
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