Adult Studies

Seniors 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, a Mah Jongg game or writing workshop. We offer discounted membership for older adults. So come enjoy our partnership with the Whitney Museum, our varied field trips and volunteering opportunities, and free or discounted admission to a range of specialty programs and classes, from Great Plays to Knitting and more. Membership at the 14th Street Y gives you access to lifelong learning, health and fitness.

Adult studies and programming does not stop at the 14th Street Y, the Educational Alliance provides services and programming all throughout downtown Manhattan at the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, free for those 60-plus, Weinberg Center for Balanced Living at the Manny Cantor Center and Co-op Village NORC. Learn more today!

The 14Y’s Adult Studies program is currently on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

Adult Studies Newsletter


Virtual Adult Programs

Learn something new and connect with your downtown community virtually:

Healthy Lifestyle Bootcamp
A Virtual Series from Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center

Wednesdays | January 13 and 27, February 10 and 24, March 10 and 24, April 7, 2021 | 2 – 3:15 PM
Advanced registration required. Register here.

Join Oncology Dieticians from the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital in collaboration with the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center for a 7-week virtual bootcamp experience. The series will focus on healthy habits everyone can easily incorporate into their lives. From healthy eating to stretching and even meditation, we will cover it all! Intended for all cancer survivors at any point throughout their continuum of care.

For more information, visit or contact Randy Hight at

Play Mah Jongg From Home
Play Mah Jongg from home at a low-cost monthly rate!

Real Mah Jongg Online allows you to play American Mah Jongg online against computers and your friends on either a computer, iPad or tablet. They’re offering a free 14 day trial and then it’s $5.99 per month after that.

If you would like to connect with other players from the 14th Street Y, please email

Tompkins Square Library Programs

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

Vaccine Support for Older New Yorkers 

As part of the Educational Alliance network, the 14th Street Y is offering COVID-19 vaccine support for older New Yorkers. We are collecting names and contact information of community members who are 65 and older who need help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.*

If you or a loved one is over 65 and need help trying to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please select the option below that is easiest for you:

  1. Fill out our contact form. After you submit the form, a volunteer or staff member will contact you directly to ask for more details and explain how we can help.
  2. Stop by our new Older Adult Vaccine Help Table that is available in the 14Y’s lobby at 344 East 14th Street at First Ave during the following times:
  • Mondays – Thursdays | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Mondays – Fridays | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Preparing for Your Visit to our Older Adult Vaccine Help Table: 

Before you arrive: Complete a health screening questionnaire.

When you arrive: Show your completed health screening and have your temperature checked by a health and safety ambassador.

If you are not a 14Y member: You will also be asked to fill out our contact tracing log.

* We cannot guarantee that we can find an appointment for everyone who contacts us, but our staff and volunteers will try our best to assist you. 

March 31 @ 5:00 PM6:00 PM

Seasonal Eating Patterns for a Healthy Heart

Seasonal Eating Patterns for a Healthy Heart Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM Join NYU Langone registered dietitian Melissa C. Alazraki, RDN, and moderator Dennis A. Goodman,…

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April 28 @ 5:00 PM6:00 PM

Preventing a Heart Attack and Stroke: Your Smartphone can Help!

Heart Health Lecture Series  Preventing a Heart Attack and Stroke: Your Smartphone can Help!  Presented by NYU Langone’s Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease  Wednesday, April 28, 2021 |…

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Adult Studies Blogs

Thoughts, tips, and inspiration from our instructors on how to keep engaged at home.

LABA Arts + Culture presents: Clamor in the Desert (Kol Koreh Bamidbar)

Mirta Kupferminc, Argentinean Multidisciplinary Artist and Director of LABA Buenos Aires | FRI, OCT 09, 2020

In 2020, COVID-19 arrived, which locked us all in our homes, in our cities and countries. In Argentina, where I live, even today, since March, it is not possible to…

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Why I’m in Favor of the Second COVID-19 Lockdown in Israel

Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | SUN, SEP 27, 2020

Much of what has been said about the second COVID-related lockdown in Israel is enduring. With all its attached hardships, I believe it’s the essential step Israel should take, even…

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Learning to Focus with Yoga

Jacob Waltuck, Marketing Assistant | THU, AUG 06, 2020

On July 20, 2020, after breakfast, I took a yoga class virtually from my country house up in Woodstock. The instructor for the class, Brina, is a tall and very…

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Why Do We Celebrate Tikkun?

Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | TUE, MAY 26, 2020

Every year in May or June, the 14th Street Y celebrates a Tikkun: a mesmerizing deep dive into Jewish and Israeli culture, our way of celebrating the Jewish holiday of…

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