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!

Exciting news! We’re aiming to bring back in-person Adult Studies programs in the coming months.

To bring Adult Studies programs back, we need to know what you want. Please take a moment to share your feedback through a very short survey.

Adult Studies Program Survey

Tell us what you want!

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Upcoming In-Person Adult Studies 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!

New! January Walking Group

Thursday, January 27 | 1:30PM – 2:30 PM
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

Virtual 14Y Adult Studies Programs

Congestive Heart Failure: Prevention and Latest Treatments
Presented by NYU Langone’s Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Date: Monday, January 24, 2022 | 5:00 – 6:00PM
Register here
Congestive heart failure is a weakening of the heart muscle. This is most often caused by heart attack or cardiomyopathy, in which the heart doesn’t pump properly, preventing the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. Join NYU Langone cardiologists Alex Reyentovich, MD, and Dennis A. Goodman, MD, to hear about the latest treatment options for congestive heart failure, including life-saving medications and new device and surgery options. Dr. Reyentovich also shares information about NYU Langone’s LVAD Program. LVADs, also known as left ventricular assist devices, are leading-edge mechanical circulatory supports to help patients with chronic advanced heart failure.

Topics discussed include the following:

  • Symptoms and stages of congestive heart failure
  • The causes of congestive heart failure and how it is diagnosed
  • How to prevent, slow, and possibly even reverse congestive heart failure


Virtual Brain Dance with Julie Gayer Kris
Tuesday, January 25 | 2:00 – 2:45 PM
In this workshop, we will discover the Brain Dance, a movement practice created by Anne Green Gilbert. Brain Dance is based on eight developmental reflex patterns that help people of all ages awaken our brain and body integration. It is fun and easy to access no matter what level of movement experience one has.

Use this link to join:
Dial in: +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 884 1178 8029
Passcode: 266764

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.

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

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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