Portraits of the 14th Street Y

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 Coffee Table Book

Earlier this year, photographer Bridget Badore captured the unique stories of over 50 people who are an integral part of our vibrant downtown community. After receiving such incredible feedback from members and visitors who were inspired by this photography series, we bring you a specially curated collection for you to share at home. These powerful portraits are accompanied by delightful narratives from personal interviews with the photographer. Together, this book creates a body of images that harness the spirit and energy of the 14th Street Y. Order your full color hardcopy today!


14YPortraits Coffee Table Book Pre-Order

Order your copy of this special collection of Portraits of members of our 14Y community by photographer Bridget Badore. This hardcover coffee table book features intimate full color photographs and captures the unique stories from the personal interviews between photographer and subject.

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About the Photographer

Bridget Badore is an editorial and portrait photographer living in Brooklyn, originally from upstate New York. She began taking photographs in elementary school when she received her dad’s old 35mm camera; she taught herself photography through her late father’s scribbled notes and old photography manuals.

She moved to NYC to attend the School of Visual Arts and received her BFA in Photography in 2013. She’s been featured in American Photography 32, and participated in the Daniel Cooney Fine Art emerging artists auction.

In 2014, Bridget began teaching photography in the 14th Street Y After School program. In her tenure at the 14Y, she also founded the Photojournalism unit at New Country Day Camp, acted as the 14Y’s principal photographer, and put the 14Y’s social media presence on the map as she continues to work within the marketing team. The 14th Street Y has been a family for her, providing a safe space to grow as a person.

Portraits of 14th Street Y Blog

Lifting Women Up for International Women’s Day

Olana Brooks, NCDC Project Manager | FRI, MAR 08, 2019

Happy International Women’s Day 2019! This day has been celebrated for the last 110 years! Beginning within the labor movement, this holiday is celebrated around the world to acknowledge the…

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Your Story, My Story

Melissa Telzer, Founder of In Kind Space and Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor/Individual | TUE, JAN 22, 2019

So, here I am, 46 with an Aussie husband, a brownstone that needs TLC in Brooklyn, and—most importantly—twin girls (literally and figuratively)—my literal twins are edging into puberty, bras, periods,…

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A Little Musical Magic

Lauren Savage, Associate Executive Director for External Engagement | MON, JUN 18, 2018

Ever since I joined the staff at the 14th Street Y, I’ve heard from parents and staff alike about this magical person named Mik. She’s been a music teacher here…

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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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