Virtual Adult Studies

Virtual Adult Programs

Learn Something New

Adults of all ages play a crucial role at the 14th Street Y, an inclusive community for neighbors of all stages of life. With our virtual adult studies offerings, you can stay active in body and mind from home––connecting to other members, artists, writers and teachers.

Our virtual offerings include some familiar classes in a new format, plus some exciting new ways for you to engage with the 14Y community, such as:

  • Online Mah Jongg
  • Virtual Adult Classes 
  • Adult programs and virtual content offered by the Whitney Museum and other neighborhood institutions
  • The 14Y Community Corner, a new YouTube channel featuring tips, stories, resources, and more! 
  • Digital Fitness Classes (for 14Y members only
  • And so much more!
Play Mah Jongg From Home

Play Mah Jongg from home at a low-cost monthly rate!

Real Mah Jongg Online allows you to play American Mah Jongg online against computers and your friends on either a computer, iPad or tablet. They’re offering a free 14 day trial and then it’s $5.99 per month after that.

If you would like to connect with other players from the 14th Street Y, please email


Tompkins Square Library Programs

The Tompkins Square Library is now open for limited “Grab and Go” service. For more guidelines, please click here.

Short Story Discussion
Mondays | 1:00 PM
October 12: We’ll be discussing Doris Lessing’s 1955 story, A Mild Attack of Locusts. Register here.
October 19: We’ll be discussing Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 story, The Yellow Wallpaper. Register here.

Online Covid-19 Community Conversations: Mental health, Equity & Resilience
Wednesday, October 14 | 1:30 PM | Register here  
The Covid-19 pandemic is a global shared traumatic experience that disrupts and affects our families, friends and communities. To address the mental health challenges brought by the pandemic and structural racism in our City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is providing a free virtual presentation.

Continuing Adult Group Ukulele Lesson
Wednesdays, October 14 and 28 | 5:00 PM | Register here
Participants must have a ukulele. Some experience is preferred, but all are welcome.

Classic Scary Story Discussion
Friday, October 16 1:00 PM | Register here
We’ll be discussing WF Harvey’s disturbing 1910 tale of precognition, August Heat.

Continuing Adult Group Guitar Lessons
Wednesday, October 21 | 6:00 PM | Register here
Participants must have a guitar. Some experience is preferred, but all are welcome.

Book Discussion
Thursday, October 22 | 1:00 PM | Register here
We’ll be discussing Willa Cather’s 1913 novel, O Pioneers!

Avant-Garde Reading Room
Thursday, October 22 | 6:00 PM | Register here
We’ll be discussing Joy Williams’ 1985 story, The Lover. 

Virtual Walking Tour: Macabre East Village
Tuesday, October 27 | 1:00 PM | Register here
It’s almost Halloween, and we are revising our annual macabre East Village walking tour… for 2020 we will host it online! Join library manager Corinne Neary and local street photographer Michael Paul to explore some dark history  of the park and surrounding neighborhood. Murder, kidnapping, the living dead, rituals, suicide, cannibals, insanity, spirits and ghosts!

Online discussion with Frederic Tuten
Thursday, October 29 | 7:00 PM | Register here  
Celebrated author Frederic Tuten will be discussing his memoir My Young Life, inspirations, dreams and plans. Frederic is a long-time East Villager and will tell us how the neighborhood influenced his works. Also, we will listen about his years spent in Europe and South America, and his passion for art.

James Joyce Short Story Discussion
Friday, October 30 | 1:00 PM | Register here 
From James Joyce’s 1914 collection of short stories, Dubliners. For our first meeting, we will be reading the first two stories, “The Sisters” and “An Encounter.”

Adult Studies Newsletter

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14Y Community Corner

Check out our new YouTube Channel where you can learn something new or see a friendly, familiar face from your family at the 14Y.

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Virtual Fitness

Each week, 14Y fitness instructors and trainers will be hosting live streaming classes via Zoom and creating fun videos that’ll be featured on the new 14Y Fitness playlist on YouTube.

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Cardiac Care During a Pandemic

Tue, October 27, 2020

5:00 pm

Presented by the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Join NYU Winthrop Cardiac Nurse Practitioner Barbara George, Ed.D and NYU Langone cardiologist Dennis Goodman, MD to learn the best…

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5th Annual Symposium on Positive Aging

Mon, November 16, 2020

10:00 am

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan presents the 5th Annual Symposium on Positive Aging. With the theme of “Resilience, Hope, and Optimism,” this virtual symposium will feature a conversation between Paul…

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Adult Studies Blogs

Thoughts, tips, and inspiration from our instructors on how to keep engaged at home.

Restorative Yoga for Challenging Times

Robin Michaels, 14Y Yoga Instructor | MON, MAY 11, 2020

Those of us who practice yoga know the benefits it can bring for our bodies and our minds – benefits that are especially important during tough times like these. To…

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Settle in With a Book

Ann Li, Marketing Intern | TUE, MAY 05, 2020

Even though we are staying at home, sometimes all it takes is a good book to take us to another place, and there are so many books to choose from!…

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Creativity Is The Best Remedy

Rhonda Zangwill, Adult Studies Instructor | THU, APR 09, 2020

Hello everyone. My name is Rhonda Zangwill and I’ve been leading writing workshops at the 14th Street Y for a few years, including a memoir class just this past winter.…

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Community Corner: A Cure for a Virtual Hangover

David Stallings, Director of Arts + Culture | FRI, APR 03, 2020

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m David — the “theater guy” at the 14Y. It’s been quite the adventure, turning our artistic content into digital interactions, and I hope…

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