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.
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
Jenni + Jon: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Sarah: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Pat: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Antonio: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Katelyn: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Maxine: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Rachel: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more
Tim: Portraits of the 14th Street YBridget 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…read more