Adult Programs

Older Adults play a crucial role at the 14th Street Y, an inclusive community for neighbors of all ages and stages.

While you stay active in body and mind through our programs, you’re also modeling healthy adulthood for our younger members. That’s good karma!

Drop by, sip your coffee in our lobby and take in the current art exhibit while you await the start of your senior-friendly fitness or aquatics class.

We offer discounted membership for older adults. 14Y membership gives you access to lifelong learning, health and fitness.

Adult studies and programming does not stop at the 14Y! The Educational Alliance provides services and programming all throughout Downtown Manhattan including at the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, which offers free membership to anyone age 60+! Learn more today!

Sign up for the Adult Studies Newsletter! Stay up to date on new, exciting programs and events happening at the 14Y and around Downtown Manhattan. 

Adult Studies Newsletter


In-Person Adult Programs

New! In-Person Meditation Group

Returning in 2022. Dates TBD.
Free for members

Join us for an afternoon of mindfulness, poetry, and connection in this exploration of life’s big questions!

To attend this class you must RSVP, so please email Julia Poster, our NYU Social Work Intern at: to reserve a spot!

Spring Walking Group

Thursday, April 7 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM 
Thursday, April 21 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM 
Walking is good health for the body and soul. We’re coordinating a weekly walking group for our community members. Join us for one hour each week to get your steps in outside and make friends.

If you’re interested in joining this group, please email Julia Poster at

Participate in a Local Research Study

Eligibility: People 75 years and older who live in the 14Y/NYC community

Lonnie Stewart, village resident and Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s graduate program in Physical Therapy, is interviewing community residents 75 years old or older about their quality of life living in New York City. Interviews last about 30-40 minutes, and each study participant receives a “File of Life” refrigerator magnet that holds important medical and contact information in case of emergencies.

If you are 75 or older and would like to participate in his study, please email Lonnie Stewart at or call 917-533-4166 and leave a message. He will first follow-up with an introductory call, and then schedule a date and time with you for the interview!

Virtual 14Y Adult Programs

Coping with Life During a Pandemic with Julia, Social Work Intern
Fridays in March and April | 9:30 – 10:15 AM
A safe and supportive place to share our experiences throughout the pandemic and discuss ways to adapt to a changed world.
Use this link to join:
Meeting ID: 882 4624 1001
Passcode: 791012

In-Person Adult Partner Programs

Healing Beats

A drop-in group for those who’ve lost someone or something
March 29 and April 5 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Faciltated by MSW student and musician Brendan Finnegan and Hayley Adkisson, LCSW
Location: 159-161 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222

Group drumming is an interactive way to make music playing with others. No previous experience or musical skills are needed. Group drumming has a number of known benefits including the reduction of stress and anxiety.

As part of Brendan’s Master’s of Social Work thesis, we are completing research to determine if group drumming supports the lowering of stress and anxiety during grieving. Everyone who participates will be asked to take a survey before and after the session.

To reserve your spot, text 917-524-9273

Tompkins Square Library Programs

The Tompkins Square Library is now open for limited “Grab and Go” service. For more guidelines, please click here.

Sirovich Center for Balanced Living

Did you know that the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living is now a part of the 14Y? Even more exciting, community members ages 60+ are eligible to join for FREE!

Register today and you’ll receive all the great benefits of a Sirovich membership including access to virtual and in-person classes and events, health and wellness services, arts and culture programming, meals, and so much more!

Register here to become a Sirovich member.

Sign up to receive the weekly and/or the monthly Sirovich newsletter.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to us at

Upcoming Sirovich Center Events

For the following events, we encourage you to apply for membership at the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living.

In Person Fall Stop…Move Strong with Celeste
Tuesdays | Begins on February 8 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Sirovich Auditorium
A joyful fitness/education fall prevention program that helps keep older adults active and safe in their homes. Move with confidence: stay balanced and safe. Learn tips and strategies to move safer, increase balance and flexibility, and most of all – GAIN CONFIDENCE! Complimentary gift cards will be given upon completion of class.

Please email to sign up for In Person Fall Prevention and Strengthening Workshop series

For more information on the class, please visit this website.


Occupational Therapy

Introducing Occupational Therapy Interns from Columbia University: Caroline and Elise
What is Occupational Therapy and how can it help me?
Occupational therapists can help people learn new skills or maintain their ability to participate in daily activities so they can do what they find meaningful and important.

In Person Ongoing Group Sessions with Occupational Therapy Interns
Mondays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sirovich Center Multi-Purpose Room
As occupational therapy students, Caroline and Elise aim to help you increase participation in activities you enjoy! During this session we will design and create our own origami creations using only blank computer paper, markers/pencils, scissors, and our creativity. We are hoping this group will bring individuals together as a creative, fun community–be it online or in person.

In Person Occupational Therapy Office Hours
Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sirovich Center Multi-Purpose Room

Are you experiencing problems with day to day functioning or self-care tasks? As occupational therapy students, we are available to talk about concerns with falls prevention, medication management, sleep, cognition (such as memory skills), stress management, goal setting/achievement, and daily activity performance.

To schedule an occupational therapy office hours appointment, please email


Art Expression and Dance Movement Classes

Use creativity and personal expression to resolve stress, enhance socialization, and enrich your life through active art-making and movement!

This weekly enrichment offer is part of an exciting new community partnership with Pratt Institute’s Creative Arts Therapy graduate program.

To register for Art Expression and Dance Movement classes, please email

Virtual Art Expression Workshop with Paula
Thursdays | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Click this link to join.

This class is a permanent virtual offering. No prior art experience required! This class is primarily process oriented with an emphasis on improvisation and exploration. The final product is not nearly as important as the process of making and creating itself.

In Person Art Expression Workshop with Jenny & Lauren
Thursdays | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | 2nd Floor Small Dining Room
No prior art experience required! This class is primarily process oriented with an emphasis on improvisation and exploration. The final product is not nearly as important as the process of making and creating itself.

In Person Dance Movement Workshop with Rebecca & Courtney
Mondays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Auditorium
No prior dance experience required! This class aims to expand awareness of the power of our stories through the modality of expressive movement.


WestFest Dance Festival

Calling Dance Enthusiasts: You’re invited to join the WestFest Dance Festival!
Performance: Saturday, April 30 | 1:15 – 3:00 PM
55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
WestFest is a site-specific dance festival taking place at Westbeth in the West Village on April 30 and May 1, both onsite and virtually. The 14Y and the Sirovich Center have been invited to share a Brain Dance warm-up, as well as other performances that represent our community centers.

We will hold optional practice times for participants:

Virtual Brain Dance Practice
Tuesdays | April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Join here:

In-person Brain Dance Practice
Thursdays | April 7, 14, 21, 29 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Sirovich Auditorium

In-person rehearsal at Westbeth
Saturday, April 23 | 12:30 PM

If you are interested in participating in WestFest, please email Julie Gayer-Kris, Senior Director of Community Wellness for the 14Y and Sirovich Center, at