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.

 

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

Bubba Jo: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SAT, DEC 02, 2017

This morning I worked out in the gym, I volunteered at the Preschool, and then I took a Yiddish class. That’s today’s activity. I’m here Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,…

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Louis: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SUN, DEC 03, 2017

I’m a stay at home dad, so taking care of the girls is my full-time job. My wife calls it “daddy boot camp.” We spend a lot of our time…

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Denise: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | MON, DEC 04, 2017

My community is people in all ages and walks of life. I’m blessed to make people smile. It’s a blessing to see that thing that might be dark in some…

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Ashley: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | TUE, DEC 05, 2017

My favorite thing about the 14th Street Y is the sense of community. Each department has it’s own community, and then all the communities work together–from the employees, which is…

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Jonathon: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | WED, DEC 06, 2017

I came to New York for college. I went to NYU here. I was living upstate and went to community college, from there I did a semester at Vassar college,…

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Ashley: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | THU, DEC 07, 2017

I feel really lucky in that I’ve actually worked kind of in every department at the 14th Street Y. I started as an intern, I think maybe 7 years ago,…

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Zachary: Portraits of 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | FRI, DEC 08, 2017

My name is Zachary Elder. I am 22 years old right now and I live right here in New York City. I’m a member here and I’m a two-time X-Game…

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Al, Annie & Kids: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SAT, DEC 09, 2017

We moved to Stuyvesant Town and were looking for a place to take classes and meet other parents, and a neighbor recommended the 14th Street Y. We started with our…

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David: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SUN, DEC 10, 2017

I find community in my life on the stage. When I tell a story to a room full of strangers, I hope to have an impact on their life and…

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Wendy: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | MON, DEC 11, 2017

My first memory at the 14th Street Y was when I was in kindergarten. I was coming from my school to the After School program, and I was new. This counselor,…

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Talia: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | TUE, DEC 12, 2017

I’m British and moved to New York two years ago, so I’ve sought out community in other ex-pats. I’m also Jewish, and have formed a little connection with the Jewish…

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Mia & Yuna: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | WED, DEC 13, 2017

I work at La MaMa, a theater company in the neighborhood in an administrative role, but I also perform in the repertory company. I’ve been at La MaMa since about…

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Julie: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | THU, DEC 14, 2017

I feel comfortable here. I’ve had so many different jobs and experiences, but at this one I feel like I can be myself, express myself, and grow. The 14th Street…

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Laura: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | FRI, DEC 15, 2017

The 14th Street Y has really been our community for the past four years. We feel very lucky that we stumbled upon the Y and continue to maintain a very…

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We All Have Superpowers

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director | FRI, DEC 15, 2017

Hanukkah, the festival of light, comes on the darkest days of the year. Whether due to the waning crescent moon as the winter solstice approaches, or the consistently dark headlines,…

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Rachel: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SAT, DEC 16, 2017

It’s a really great community. I didn’t grow up with a lot of Jewish community as a kid and it was interesting to dip my toes into that with it…

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Caregivers: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SUN, DEC 17, 2017

Caregivers Priscilla, Armenia, Ethel, Vidya, and Sonya: “The 14th Street Y is a very great place, not only for the kids, but for their caregivers as well. We feel very…

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Michael: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | MON, DEC 18, 2017

When I heard about the opening for the role of Preschool Director at the 14th Street Y and saw how the preschool is in the middle of this very vibrant…

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Ronit: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | TUE, DEC 19, 2017

I find community at the 14th Street Y, with LABA, with parents of my kids’ friends, at their school, and my synagogue, Lab-Shul. When we go, it feels like a…

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JAR: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | WED, DEC 20, 2017

I have a lot of friends who have been LABA fellows over the years. I first began my conversation with the LABA team because of my other theater project that I’ve…

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Grey + Mary Beth: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | THU, DEC 21, 2017

  I started working with Grey in the Early Intervention Program this summer. I was working with him at home three times a week. I knew then that he would…

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Lily: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | FRI, DEC 22, 2017

My favorite thing about the 14th Street Y is that the counselors here are very nice and they let me hug them whenever I want. My favorite memory, it was…

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Butch: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SAT, DEC 23, 2017

There’s so much to tell. I’ve been playing at the 14th Street Y since probably 1970 or so. I’m actually a former basketball player, former coach, and worked at Beth…

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Courtney: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | SUN, DEC 24, 2017

I started at the 14th Street Y as a temp for Shira’s Executive Assistant. It was a two week gig, but now I’ve been here for two years. Now I…

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Carmen: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | MON, DEC 25, 2017

So I’ve always gone to the neighborhood community centers. We used to have the Henry Street Settlement, which is in close proximity to where the Education Alliance is. Going to…

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Michiyo: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | TUE, DEC 26, 2017

The 14th Street Y playroom is special to me because I’ve been having my class for toddlers for many, many years–since 1996. I started working at the Y as a…

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Victor + Maya: Portraits of the 14th Street Y

Bridget Badore, Photographer & Social Media Coordinator | WED, DEC 27, 2017

I started working here just over two years ago. I find that it’s a very humble, nice place. It’s very relaxing and they take care of their employees here. The…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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