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Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Photographs by Bridget Badore

Portraits of the 14th Street Y is a photography project that tells the stories behind the many faces of the 14th Street Y community, including members, staff, teachers, trainers, artists, caregivers, families, and local business owners. This series showcases intimate portraits of these individuals, accompanied by their unique anecdotes and experiences captured through interviews with the artist. Together, these portraits showcase the East Village community center  as more than a gym, theater, preschool, or place of work–through the eyes of our community, this space proves to be a center for creativity, friendship, inclusivity, and discovery in downtown Manhattan.

Each year, the unique stories of more than 20,000 New Yorkers are woven into the fabric that makes the 14th Street Y a Downtown home for all. As 2017 comes to a close, this captivating photography series celebrates the more than 50 individuals who’ve been positively impacted by the 14Y and serves as an important reminder of the importance of accessibility to an open, inclusive community for New York residents at a time when we need it most.


Portraits of the 14th Street Y
is a photography project that tells the stories behind the many faces of the 14th Street Y community, including members, staff, teachers, trainers, artists, caregivers, families, and local business owners. This series showcases intimate portraits of these individuals, accompanied by their unique anecdotes and experiences captured through interviews with the artist. Together, these portraits showcase the East Village community center  as more than a gym, theater, preschool, or place of work–through the eyes of our community, this space proves to be a center for creativity, friendship, inclusivity, and discovery in downtown Manhattan.

Each year, the unique stories of more than 20,000 New Yorkers are woven into the fabric that makes the 14th Street Y a Downtown home for all. As 2017 comes to a close, this captivating photography series celebrates the more than 50 individuals who’ve been positively impacted by the 14Y and serves as an important reminder of the importance of accessibility to an open, inclusive community for New York residents at a time when we need it most.

Portraits of 14th Street Y Blog

Jenni + Jon: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | THU, JAN 04, 2018

What role did the 14th Street Y play in your love story? JENNI: It was January 24, 2012. JON: It was where we fell for each other—mostly on the bus…

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Sarah: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | WED, JAN 03, 2018

Growing up, I feel like it was hard for me to find community because I felt different without understanding why I felt different. I think, in that sense, it’s totally…

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Pat: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | TUE, JAN 02, 2018

Community is people coming together for a common purpose, and being connected by that purpose beyond the purpose itself. You come together for a reason and then you stay together…

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Antonio: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | MON, JAN 01, 2018

I started at the 14th Street Y at New Country Day Camp, about six summers ago. I was a sports counselor and I was right out of high school, so…

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Katelyn: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SUN, DEC 31, 2017

My name is Katelyn. I have two lives: one in media, and one in food. The food one is more exciting and fun. I run a supper club in the…

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Maxine: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SAT, DEC 30, 2017

I’ve lived in New York all my life, except for 2 years when I lived in Israel. Basically, I started coming here myself since I was 65, because I had…

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Rachel: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | FRI, DEC 29, 2017

I was working somewhere else and wasn’t getting enough hours, and Rachel was talking about the 14th Street Y. I remember coming in and being hired on the spot and…

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Tim: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | THU, DEC 28, 2017

I came to the 14th Street Y almost 20 years ago by way of moving into Stuy-town. I walked down the street to 14th, I walked by the building and…

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