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

Coming Out From New York to Belgrade, Our Stories Must Be Told

David Stallings, Director of Arts + Culture | TUE, OCT 08, 2019

When I think of Pride, I generally think of celebration. My recent experiences in New York are much more joyful than the fear and shame I had before coming out.…

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Healing Power of Dance

Julie Gayer Kris, Director of Customer Experience | THU, JUL 25, 2019

Today, September 27, is National Dance Day and what better way to celebrate than to highlight our own fitness instructor Johari Mayfield, who is an accomplished dancer in her own…

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Love, Happiness, and Authenticity

Larry Daniels, Development & Special Events Manager | THU, JUL 18, 2019

Last month marked a momentous moment for the LGBTQIA+ community as New York City celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the first ever WorldPride hosted in the…

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Living Fully

Justin Perkins, Program Director of New Country Day Camp | TUE, JUN 11, 2019

Recently, I’ve had to think about how I live my life to its fullest, and honestly…it’s puppet shows. Outside my work as Program Director at New Country Day Camp, I…

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The Person I was Created To Be

Larry Daniels, Development & Special Events Manager | FRI, MAY 31, 2019

This year marks my seventh anniversary since moving to New York from California to pursue a career as a professional dancer. I came here in 2012, fresh out of college…

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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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