Did You Know?
More than 40 Nobel laureates have spoken or read at 92nd Street Y, including Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Henry Kissinger, Toni Morrison, Harold Pinter, Yitzhak Rabin, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel.
Four times a year, nearly 3,200 public school children attend 92Y’s educational outreach concerts, with artists ranging from the Tokyo String Quartet to Urban Bush Women.
Joan Baez made her New York concert debut at 92nd Street Y on November 5, 1960; she was 19. In 2008, she returned to our stage for a conversation with Anthony DeCurtis.
92Y’s Music School, founded in 1917, has four of Lou Reed’s guitars (on loan) for use by selected guitar students and classes.
92Y’s ceramics studio goes through 20 tons of clay and 500 gallons of glaze each year.
92Y hosted two 80th-birthday parties in 2008: Elie Wiesel, who has had an annual lecture series at 92Y for over 40 years, celebrated his at 92Y with Barbara Walters, Theodore Bikel, and Arthur Gelb. Maurice Sendak celebrated his 80th at 92Y with Tony Kushner, Meryl Streep, James Gandolfini, Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener.
Events happening on 92Y’s stage are simulcast live in our fitness center (the first one was Mikhail Gorbachev). And, although you can’t hear lectures while swimming at 92Y, the pool is one of the only public pools ones in the city disinfected primarily by ozone, not chlorine.
92nd Street Y has a 350-bed residence housed in its upper floors; Harry Connick, Jr. was one of its many guests.
Every November, 900 preschool teachers and administrators gather at 92Y for the Annual Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference, first held in 2007.
Since 2001, more than 210 activists and humanitarian leaders from more than 60 countries (including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Uganda, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe) have converged on 92Y in June for the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y, a three-week fellowship in non-profit management.