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 Karine Wittes at or Julie Gayer Kris at

Adult Studies Talks

A Conversation on Creativity with Artist Rita Blitt
Wednesday, June 10 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Register here.

Creativity lives within us all. Be inspired by beautiful art! Check out some artistic works and films by Rita Blitt and share in a lively discussion about where creativity comes from and what inspires the artist within.
Free for all.


Check out our exciting live streaming classes:


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Adult Studies Newsletter

Sign up for our monthly newsletter featuring upcoming adult programs, workshops, events, and more!

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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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Other Adult Programs

Tompkins Square Park Programs

Online Discussion
Thursday, June 11 | 2:00 PM | Register here
We are thrilled to welcome back legendary photographer and videographer Clayton Patterson, along with author Julian Voloj, to discuss Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary, A Graphic Novel. Clayton and Julian will be joined by illustrators Sasha Kimiatek and Seanne Catedral. The event will be moderated by Eddy Portnoy. Please help us spread the word about this event!

Online Short Story Discussion Group
Mondays | 1:00 PM 
June 1: Eudora Welty’s “The Petrified Man” Dark humor and the grotesque are at the center of this 1941 story. Register here.
June 8: “The New Mother” by Lucy Clifford. This eerie, creepy, folk-tale inspired story was originally published in 1882, and has been compared to Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, Coraline. Register here.

Virtual Book Discussion
Mondays | 5:00 PM | Register here
There’s no set reading list for this one. Have a book you’ve read recently and want to talk about? Just want to listen to some book recommendations? Join staff from the Tompkins Square and Ottendorfer libraries to discuss.

Story-Time for Grownups
Wednesdays | 3:00 PM | Register here
Bring a story to share. Read something you enjoy, something original, instructional, or a story you know by heart. Reading is not required, so bring your ears, also.

Classic Scary Stories Discussion Group
Fridays | 1:00 PM  
June 5: Afterward by Edith Wharton. A ghost story about a haunted house told in five parts, originally published in 1910. Register here. 
June 12, 19, 26: Seven Gothic Tales by Karen Blixen. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe. Register here. 

Avant Garde Reading Room
Tuesday, June 9 | 6:00 PM | Register here
We will read several works by Canadian poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics, Anne Carson.

Free Online Art Classes
Thursdays | June 18 and June 25 | 4:00 PM
Space is limited to 20 participants per session.
June 18: Art Journaling. A local artist will guide participants on how to tap into your self-expression and create a piece of artwork that reflects your feelings, thoughts, and personal experiences while connecting with community. Register here.
June 25: Self Portraits. A local artist will guide participants through creating an expressive line drawing self-portrait in this step-by-step drawing experience. Register here.

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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