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 limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Adult Studies Newsletter


Virtual 14Y Adult Studies Programs

Fall 2021 8-Week Pelvic Floor Bladder Control Workshop

Friday, September 17 – Friday, November 5 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register here.
The Zoom link will only be sent to those who are registered to attend the virtual workshop.

Bladder control issues greatly impact quality of life and our ability to engage in meaningful activities.

This program is specifically tailored for people dealing with urinary issues such as stress and urge incontinence. In this program you will learn techniques to improve bladder control and resume activities with ease and confidence.

Facilitator: Richard Sabel, MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP, Educational Director at East West Rehab Institute & Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Program of Occupational Therapy

Heart Health Lectures

Presented by NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

NYU Langone’s Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease is hosting the following upcoming free educational webinars. Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

What’s New in Cholesterol Treatment
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Register here
In recognition of National Cholesterol Month, NYU Langone cardiologist Howard Weintraub, MD, shares the newest cholesterol treatments, ways to prevent high cholesterol, and the latest research. Topics include the following:

  • What is cholesterol and how it is measured
  • Current blood cholesterol guidelines
  • The difference between statins and therapies that target the PCSK9 gene, which controls the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream
  • Newly approved non-statin drugs and who should take these therapies
  • How genetics and lifestyle impact cholesterol levels and what you can do to lead a healthier life

The Link Between Oncology Treatment and Heart Disease
Thursday, October 21 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Register here
Cancer can affect cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, and increase the risk of heart disease. In addition, certain cancer treatments can impact the heart muscle.

NYU Langone oncologist Marleen I. Meyers, MD, and cardiologist Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, discuss the latest research into the link between heart disease and cancer. They also cover the benefits and risks of certain cancer therapies known to impact the heart and specialized, prevention-focused management available at NYU Langone for people with cancer whose treatment regimens may put them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Additional topics include:

  • Reasons why people with cancer should care about heart disease
  • Understanding and preventing heart damage due to cancer treatment, called cardiotoxicity
  • How to monitor for cardiac side effects while in treatment
  • How to prevent heart issues before and after treatment
  • The role of diet and lifestyle in cancer and heart disease prevention


Virtual Adult Partner Programs

Learn something new and connect with your downtown community virtually:


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.

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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