92nd Street Y and our Tribeca Facility, 92YTribeca, promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism.
As a non-profit community and cultural center, 92YTribeca seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth and their enjoyment.
92YTribeca reaches out beyond its core constituency of American Jews to serve people of diverse, racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.
What is now 92YTribeca was originally named Makor and became part of 92nd Street Y in 2001 when Makor, a cultural organization serving New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s, merged with 92Y. The merger was proposed by philanthropist and retired hedge-fund manager Michael Steinhardt. In February of that year, Mr. Steinhardt generously gave 92Y the building he had purchased on West 67th Street. Through this gift, the largest contribution ever made to 92Y by an individual, the innovative cultural center was united with 92Y, one of New York's leading arts, education and community organizations and one of the country's largest and oldest Jewish community centers.
Makor, (Hebrew for “source”) promoted the arts and provided opportunities for personal connection and Jewish exploration. Within a few years, Makor had established itself as a place where new artists could develop their work and audiences could find innovative, thought-provoking entertainment. Makor's music cafe has been recognized in Rolling Stone and Spin as one of the premier venues in the city while Makor's film program is known for its broad range of classic, art-house films, Jewish-themed, Israeli, cult and alternative offerings.
The center’s successful community-building can be seen in the variety of social and professional networks and volunteer opportunities to which it has given birth. It has also given, and continues to give, New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s opportunities for spiritual exploration within an environment committed to Jewish pluralism and intellectual excellence.
In 2002, daytime programming for Baby Boomers was created, aptly called, Daytime. The groundbreaking initiative offers seniors transitioning out of the workforce a place to map out the next phase of their lives, explore things they have not had time for in years, and enjoy the camaraderie of others.
In 2008, the center relocated to Tribeca, the heart of one of the city's most vibrant and rapidly developing neighborhoods. The new location, at 200 Hudson Street, has enabled the programs to expand on the success they have enjoyed uptown and to serve new audiences in and around this bustling part of town.
Both 92YTribeca and Daytime offered a welcoming, intimate environment in which their constituencies can relax, reflect and refresh their spirits. The programs' hallmarks are the sense of community each program creates and the opportunity each offers its participants to get "up close and personal" both with their fellow participants and with the programs' speakers, artists, performers and educators.