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Friday, July 10, 2009
92Y Blog Week in Review

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It’s Friday, which means here’s another weekly cheat sheet highlighting some of the things we were talking about this week. Take it with you for the train ride home.

  • If you go to hell, we say might as well go in a basket full of cartoons.
  • Something about dad’s staying home with the kids that transforms America.
  • Residents of 92Y de Hirsch Residence told us why they liked living here so much. The free cleaning service is nice, and having free rehearsal space is even better.
  • Roger Federer won Wimbledon, and 92Y School of Music student Ashley LaLonde was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the U.S. Open.
  • Media outlets continue to rave about Jazz in July Summer Festival, led by Artistic Director Bill Charlap.
  • And the kids at Voices of New York showed you some exclusive behind the scenes video, before and after their event at 92YTribeca. 




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    Wednesday, July 08, 2009
    Moving On Up to the Upper East Side at 92Y de Hirsch Residence


    Student housing is often a joyless pursuit in New York. Columbia University students grumble about the process in a recent editorial, there’s the story of Alyssa Abkowitz who “reveals the secrets (and sadness) of living in a Chelsea women’s dorm: communal showers, peanut butter sandwiches and no boys allowed” for the New York Press in February, and long gone are the days of getting a room and two meals a day for $8.50 a week. (The year was 1923 to be exact.)

    Which is why we’re so proud of our own residences here at 92Y de Hirsch Residence. We offer private rooms at a cultural organization that’s been creating community since 1874. There is 24/7 security, free wi-fi, free housekeeping and linen service, special discounts to the 92Y’s full service gym and pool, and of course, you will be living in Manhattan, near great cultural institutions, Central Park, restaurants, and more. You’ll even run into people like Tom Cruise and Anna Wintour walking the halls. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the video above featuring residents of de Hirsch residents talking about how much they like it here.

    For complete information, visit the link below, call us at 212.415.5650, or send an email.

    [Residence at the 92nd Street Y Student and Intern Housing]




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    Tuesday, July 07, 2009
    Speaking of…Jazz in July Summer Festival

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    Screen shot of Jazz Improv Magazine on Jazz in July Summer Festival

    Readers of our blog will recall our recent podcast with pianist Bill Charlap, Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Summer Festival. Bill spoke at length about his vision for the festival, the significance of New York Jazz, the role Vince Guaraldi (composer of the Charlie Brown songs) played in quietly introducing America to his own music without notice, why this series is unique in the season and more. At one point, Charlap declared the acoustics at our concert hall as the best of any he has played.

    Today, we have more Jazz in July audio for you, courtesy of our friends at NPR. Kurt Elling was their pick for Song of the Day, with his track Lush Life. Kurt will carry the vocals in Jazz in July on Jul 21 for our Sondheim & Styne concert.

    Relatedly, Jazz Improv Magazine wrote a wonderful article on Jazz in July in their latest issue, as seen in the screen capture above. You can read that here on page 60, in a PDF.

    Previously:

  • Jazz in July Summer Festival, Even the White House is Feeling It
  • New York City is a 1920’s Kinda Town
  • Jazzed about Jazz in July with Steve Wilson
  • Jazz in July: Wess Anderson
  • Renee Rosnes, Piano Woman
  • You Tell Her I Studder




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    Thursday, July 02, 2009
    92Y Ford Fellows Take to the Streets in Jackson Heights

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    2009 Ford Fellows

    The Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of the 92nd Street Y was designed with the goal of enhancing the efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world.

    As part of their agenda while here in New York City, the group traveled to Jackson Heights, Queens where Alison Gardy, director of international relations at 92Y told the Daily News: “I hope they’ll see how diverse communities can work toward common goals. People live together here that could not live together back home. And they make it work.”

    That’s certainly one of Grace Yeanay’s goals. She runs an organization that helps Liberian women get out of prostitution and poverty by teaching them marketable skills. Often, the women are from feuding tribes.

    imageShe was impressed by how different immigrant groups in the U.S. successfully live in the same communities.

    “Everyone is different, everyone has their own ideas and all of those ideas can come together,” said Yeanay, 34, executive director of Young Women Organized for Sustainable Development.

    Galit Toledano-Harris, 47, executive director of the Youth Renewal Fund in Israel, was similarly impressed with the area.

    “It was a totally different experience,” she said of the tour. “There’s a place for everybody.”

    You can read the full article here, and see more photos of 2009 Ford Fellows here on our Facebook.

    [International Relations at the 92nd Street Y]




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    Friday, June 19, 2009
    92Y Blog Week in Review

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    From left to right: Jazz in July, SKYNET, Exercising at 92Y, Jennie Livingston, Dance class at 92Y, Christopher North, Enzo Staiola, and G.I. Joe Flint

    It’s Friday, which means another weekly cheat sheet highlighting some of what we discussed this week on the blog.

  • 92Y School of Music Faculty member Christopher North played an updated version of Come Together from the original boy band, The Beatles.
  • Because no one likes a wall flower at a dance party, and we know you really want to learn, we told you how to get ten free passes to our dance classes.
  • G.I. Joe figurines gave award-winning performances in stop motion films, and 92YTribeca will be hosting the screenings.
  • We asked filmmaker Jennie Livingston: What does “Queer” mean to you?
  • Michelle Obama had a Jazz Studio at the White House, and said: “Jazz may be America’s greatest gift to the world.” We couldn’t agree more.
  • Basically, scientists told us that SKYNET is coming. Soon.
  • If you will be around this summer, we thought it would be a good idea to exercise you body and your mind.
  • Lastly, we talked about the “the greatest film of all time” Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, and the second best greatest film of all time, Breaking Away




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    Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    This Week at 92Y

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    Clockwise from top left: Richard Haass and Katie Couric, Eva Etzioni-Halevy, David Gregory, Dan Barber

      Sat, May 30
    • Saturday Night Swing Club hosted by Myrna Caceres, sizzling swing dancers from the Sandra Cameron Dance Center lead an evening of swing dancing, jitterbugging and lindy-hopping.
    • Erev Shira – Israeli Music Night with Shira NYC. Celebrate Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday with Shira NYC!



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    Friday, May 22, 2009
    92Y Blog Week in Review

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    So much happens here at 92Y and 92YTribeca that you might find it hard to keep up with it all. So we’re going to make a cheat sheet for you and highlight some of the things we were talking about this week.

  • On Monday there was talk of “prophets and profits” as we brought you video of Muhammad Yunus and Jeffrey Sachs.
  • From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books presented an excerpt of an interview with Arie Kaplan, where we learned that Stan Lee is indeed a person.
  • It is beautiful weather outside. Maybe you’ve noticed. Memorial Day weekend is here. What are your kids doing this summer?
  • We were re-introduced to the cinematic classic shot entirely in Galveston, Texas: Computer Beach Party.
  • Voices of New York spoke and they told you about their immigrant parents.
  • Janeane Garofalo outed herself as a walker.
  • Jane Mayer and Frank Rich discussed the war on terror, torture, a saucy CIA redhead, the future of investigative reporting, and the Amazon Kindle.
  • At our Annual Spring Gala, Burt Bacharach got choked up as he recalled his days in New York City, recording at the Brill Building and Bell Sound.
  • And then we were moved when we read the article about David Grossman in the Forward, when he said: “The heart of writing for me is to try to understand another human being from within.”




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    Monday, May 18, 2009
    This Week at 92Y

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    Clockwise from top left: Bill Scheft, Jane Mayer, Richard Wilbur, Janice Lieberman

      Sat, May 23
    • Millennium Hustle: Join hustle-party diva Lori Brizzi for a hot Saturday night of class hustle, salsa and West Coast swing.



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    Monday, May 11, 2009
    This Week at the 92Y

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    Clockwise from top left: Tim Robbins, Howard Zinn, Francine Segan, Suzanne Vromen




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    Friday, May 08, 2009
    Johnny Rockets and the 92nd Street Y Take Camps Kids to Yankees Opening Day Weekend

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    As we noted previously, restaurant chain Johnny Rockets is a supporter of 92Y’s summer camps and scholarships, and provided tickets to the Opening Weekend Yankees game on April 17, 2009. That morning, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of one of the Johnny Rockets locations at Yankee Stadium with approximately 30 of the Y camp kids, who were also treated to a special lunch by Johnny Rockets. It was a wonderful day with amazing weather and the Yankees won! Flickr user Affiliate has more photos from opening day at Yankee Stadium here, and you can see a few more photos of the Camps kids below.

    More...



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    Monday, May 04, 2009
    This Week at 92Y

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    Clockwise from top left: Rex Reed, Joelle Wallach , Aaron David Miller, David Grossman




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    Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    Craft In America on the Upper East Side

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    Photo credit: Carol Sauvion, Executive Producer of the Craft in America

    Craft in America is PBS’s Emmy Award nominated and Peabody Award winning show. They are currently criss-crossing the country shooting two new episodes, and guess where they stopped by? That’s right. Their camera crews were here in our studios documenting the work of our students and teachers:

    Episode V, “Process,” looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and shows how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. Artists and institutions featured include New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Professor Cary Esser, of the Kansas City Art Institute, and Nikki Lewis, a recent graduate of her ceramics program, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, the director of Boston’s North Bennet Street School which has been training people for employment in the crafts since 1885, book artists Julie Chen and Tom Killion, and jewelers David and Roberta Williamson of Berea, Ohio. The episode also looks at some of best and most interesting artists who turned to craft later in life as a second career.

    The episodes will be airing this fall. Beverly Sanders of American Craft Magazine tagged along for the shooting, and wrote an extensive and engaging piece from her viewpoint as observer of the observing, offering a sort of behind the back look at behind the scenes. Talk about the inside scoop! She wrote:

    What inspires a person to choose a career in craft and how does he or she go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills? And how does a serious documentarian capture the process on film? I was happily privy to the process by hanging out for a day with Carol Sauvion, the amiable producer of the Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning PBS series Craft in America, which premiered in 2007, when she and her crew came to New York City the weekend of March 6, to film a segment of the next installment at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

    ...As I watched the film crew shoot a jewelry workshop of six people conducted by Paul Kim, and later a stone-setting workshop with Klaus Bürgel, Seeger explained what he is striving to achieve in the film. “Get as much detail as possible in the process of going from learning to the career stage.” The object, he said, “ is to get next to people and suggest what they are thinking. Most people are voyeurs. This [film] gives people the sense that they too can dream. It presents an image of the creative spirit.” The film is not meant to be a “museum piece” showing off fine work, Seeger continues, but of course they will show finished work at the end—“a payoff.”

    And how’s this for the inside scoop...We bet you never knew about the “[SUNY] New Paltz mafia” in the metalsmithing world, but that secret is out now thanks to Beverly’s article.

    In the meantime, if you crave even more Inside The Crafting Studio videos, we’ve been down there with our video camera as well. And though we haven’t won any Emmy Awards, (yet) the videos offer a nice behind the scenes look at what is going on. In this video, we stopped by a ceramics class and talk with an instructor. And here we show you a little bit of what happens in a jewelry class. You can check out all of the arts classes we offer here.




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    Monday, April 27, 2009
    This Week at 92Y

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    Clockwise from top left: Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Bill O’Reilly, Andy Borowitz, E.L. Doctorow




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    Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    New York Student Housing Made Easy

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    Student housing is often a joyless pursuit in New York. Columbia University students grumble about the process in an editorial today, there’s the story of Alyssa Abkowitz who “reveals the secrets (and sadness) of living in a Chelsea women’s dorm: communal showers, peanut butter sandwiches and no boys allowed” for the New York Press in February, and long gone are the days of getting a room and two meals a day for $8.50 a week. (The year was 1923 to be exact.)

    For students and interns having a hard time finding safe, clean, affordable housing in New York City, the 92nd Street Y’s de Hirsch Residence can save the day. Residents get access to one of the city’s best gyms as well as all the world-class concerts, lectures (maybe get your picture taken with Tom Cruise?) and classes they can handle, not to mention the opportunity to make some interesting new friends. Former de Hirsch residents include:

    • Harry Connick, Jr.: The Tony Award-nominated actor and singer’s first home in New York was here at the Y, in a room like the one pictured above.
    • Country crooner Woody Bradshaw moved in to the Y before landing an acting role on an ABC daytime drama.
    • Composer David Diamond lived in the Y’s residence beginning in 1934. He later became the 92nd Street Y’s composer-in-residence from 1991-1994.
    • Photographer Mireille Vautier is a more recent resident.
    • Artist Laura Murlender is another.

    The residence also has weekly maid service, free Wi-Fi throughout the building, a kitchen and laundry room on each floor and 24-hour security. Summer specials are still available so act now. Do your homework, as they say, and find more info, watch a video and take an online tour of 92Y housing here.




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    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    Community Supported Agriculture: Sharing the Good News

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    We’re on-board with Michelle Obama’s Fresh Food Revolution, so we ask, are you looking for farm fresh food on the Upper East Side? If the answer is yes, you’re in luck. We are thrilled to invite you to join the 92nd Street Y Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Organic produce for the 92nd Street Y CSA is grown at Stoneledge Farm in the foothills of the Northern Catskills and will be available for pick-up at the Y on a weekly basis from June to November for CSA members. You can find all of the sign up and payment instructions for getting a share here. This is the first season the 92nd Street Y is hosting a CSA and we hope you will join our wonderful new community.




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