92nd Street Y

A world-class Jewish cultural and community center in the Upper East Side that serves all communities

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
UNIVERSAL ~ Giving is the natural currency of the universe. The tradition was started by New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Check our list of NYC cultural organizations who deserve your support because they support you.

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1395 Lexington (at 92nd St) | Upper East Side
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The 92nd Street Y is where greatness begins

The 92nd Street Y is a unique institution. It is a community center serving the Upper East Side. From core Jewish values, the 92nd Street Y welcomes and serves people of all races and faiths. Don’t worry if you are not Jewish. You are welcome.

Kaufmann Concert Hall

Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of New York City’s sacred spaces. The hall regularly hosts performances and talks with the world’s cultural and thought leaders. That’s what makes it sacred space, the repeated presence of genius over the years.

There is an intellectual character within Jewish culture that is very influential in American life. The 92nd Street Y is one of the places in New York City where world-class artists announce and promote their latest works, or give retrospective looks back at history.

You find events at the 92nd Street Y like the Spaniard Ferran Adrià, one of the world’s most influential chefs, talking about his new book; or Fern Mallis, the founder of New York Fashion Week, talking with legendary Italian fashion icon Valentino about his legacy.

When Puerto Rican-American Jennifer Lopez announced her new book True Love, she did it at the 92nd Street Y in a conversation with Hoda Kotb, the Emmy® Award-winning Egyptian-American television personality.

Jazz in July

The 92nd Street Y hosts New York City’s summer jazz festival, Jazz in July. World-renowned jazz pianist Bill Charlap runs it these days. He took over from Dick Hyman. Great artists play the Festival every year.

The roots of Jazz are Black and Latin from the Caribbean. The ferry from New Orleans to Havana used to run twice a day. Jazz in July presents mostly Jewish artists. Their jazz has an Eastern European tinge. It’s sort of Bartok meets Marsalis. It’s definitely something you want to hear.

92nd Street Y Guitar Institute

The 92nd Street Y Guitar Institute trains all levels of guitarists. The world’s best guitarists regularly perform for 92Y’s Art of the Guitar subscription series.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Started Here

The 92nd Street Y is a place where greatness begins. One of the artists who got his start there is Alvin Ailey (1931-1989). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater popularized modern dance around the world. Alvin Ailey became known as “the Cultural Ambassador to the World.”

When Ailey and twelve other dancers performed together for the first time at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, they were just a bunch of unknown African-American dancers. Something magical happened that night in the first performance of Blues Suite. Today it is an American classic. But this was before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In that time, who else would have given them the chance to perform? It happened here.

Harkness Dance Center

Many other pioneers of Modern Dance developed and taught at the 92nd Street Y, people like Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Today the Harkness Dance Center School of the Arts is an important part of the 92nd Street Y’s programs.

Previously at the 92nd Street Y


Pedrito Martinez

Thursday, January 23, 2019
GINNY’S at the Red Rooster
Harlem, NYC
The world’s best Cuban rumba percussionist

Eddie Palmieri is a Puerto Rican salsa and Latin jazz legend

Sat, September 21, 2019
JEROME PARK, The Bronx ~ El maestro and Dominican jazz pianist Michel Camilo play a double-bill at Lehman Center. ¡WEPA!

Pino-Latino: The Intersection of Latino and Asian Cultures

Performance and discussion.
Ballet Hispánico and the Harkness Dance Center
92nd Street Y
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Friday, September 14, 2018

Jazz and Classical master Paquito D’Rivera to play Blue Note Jazz Festival

The Cuban Classical and Jazz sax legend blows the happiest horn on the planet.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
Blue Note
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
June 12 – 17, 2018

Paco Peña is a traditional Flamenco guitar legend

92nd Street Y
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Assad Brothers from Brazil are the best guitar duo alive

Classical guitar duo
92nd Street Y
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Take the A Train: Billy Strayhorn at 100

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the music of Duke Ellington’s collaborator Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8pm with Bill Charlap.

American Rhapsody: Gershwin, Arlen & the Blues

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the classic theater tunes of George Gershwin and Howard Arlen. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8pm.

Kings of Stride: Eubie, Fats & the Lion

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the Stride Jazz piano style that developed out of Ragtime. Featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 8pm.

Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook

Cole’s brother Freddy Cole sings hits like “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.” The band is led by Jazz in July Artistic Director Bill Charlap. It’s at the 92nd Street Y, Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8pm.

Jazz Goes Hollywood: Dietz & Schwartz

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y goes to Hollywood with the songs of composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz. Featuring Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, and Sandy Stewart. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8pm

Bill Charlap Summertime Swing Party

The great Jazz pianist opens Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y with a night of unforgettable Swing-era hits.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8pm

Lyrics and Lyricists: The Songbook Meets Rock and Country

1950s radio played American Songbook standards, Rock and Roll hits, and Country classics. The program directed by two-time Tony Award winner James Naughton features Argentine vocalist Solange Prat.
92nd Street Y
February 27-29, 2016