1. We’re happy to announce the appointment of Henry Timms as our new 92Y Executive Director. Board President, Stuart Ellman, said, “Our Board Search Committee was committed to finding a strong and visionary leader who would guide our internationally recognized community and cultural center to the next level, while still remaining profoundly committed to our mission, core values and community. We found that leader in our internal candidate, Henry Timms.” If you want the whole scoop, check out the press release.
We’re also proud to announce that the eminent Rabbi Peter Rubinstein (of Central Synagogue) will be joining us in September as our new Director of Jewish Community – more info here.

    We’re happy to announce the appointment of Henry Timms as our new 92Y Executive Director. Board President, Stuart Ellman, said, “Our Board Search Committee was committed to finding a strong and visionary leader who would guide our internationally recognized community and cultural center to the next level, while still remaining profoundly committed to our mission, core values and community. We found that leader in our internal candidate, Henry Timms.” If you want the whole scoop, check out the press release.

    We’re also proud to announce that the eminent Rabbi Peter Rubinstein (of Central Synagogue) will be joining us in September as our new Director of Jewish Community – more info here.

  2. 92Y was featured in a JEOPARDY! clue on Feb 11. Click here to watch the clip!

    92Y was featured in a JEOPARDY! clue on Feb 11. Click here to watch the clip!

  3. Jennifer Hudson is performing at 92Y’s Spring Gala on May 20 and we want you to come. Enter the sweepstakes for your chance at the Grand Prize, including a meet & greet with Jennifer Hudson, tickets to see her perform, and seats at the Gala for dinner and drinks! Enter now. 

    Jennifer Hudson is performing at 92Y’s Spring Gala on May 20 and we want you to come. Enter the sweepstakes for your chance at the Grand Prize, including a meet & greet with Jennifer Hudson, tickets to see her perform, and seats at the Gala for dinner and drinks! Enter now

  4. Tune in for The Borowitz Report tonight, live from 92Y tonight at 8 pm. Andy Borowitz will be joined by Lizz Winstead, Hendrick Hertzberg and Jeffrey Toobin. Watch here. 

    Tune in for The Borowitz Report tonight, live from 92Y tonight at 8 pm. Andy Borowitz will be joined by Lizz Winstead, Hendrick Hertzberg and Jeffrey Toobin. Watch here. 

  5. Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, January Jones and Jessica Paré were here on April 24 to talk Mad Men and Don Draper’s wives. Watch full video of the event

  6. 92Y’s latest Lyrics & Lyricists™ show, “Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee,” opens on Feb 23 and we did a Q&A series with some of the guests.
Here’s our last one, with “Peggy Lee” special guest Marilyn Maye.
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook? “It’s Today” (my mantra).
What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet? Jack Jones or Clint Holmes.
 What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc? Ray Charles songs (in fact, I’ve recorded a complete CD of them.)
What was your first professional gig? In Topeka, at ages 11 and 12, each Saturday morning, I was the emcee of “The Bri’ar Fox Shows.” Around the same time, I sang with a big band on Saturday nights.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do? Probably interior design! Or die!
What’s your favorite restaurant? I love too many to claim a favorite but any restaurant that serves oysters: New Orleans, Provincetown, Galveston, Texas.
Read the previous Q&A’s with La Tanya Hall, Gabrielle Stravelli and Barbara Fasano.
Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, opens Feb 23.
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    92Y’s latest Lyrics & Lyricists™ show, “Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee,” opens on Feb 23 and we did a Q&A series with some of the guests.

    Here’s our last one, with “Peggy Lee” special guest Marilyn Maye.

    What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook? “It’s Today” (my mantra).

    What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet? Jack Jones or Clint Holmes.

    What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc? Ray Charles songs (in fact, I’ve recorded a complete CD of them.)

    What was your first professional gig? In Topeka, at ages 11 and 12, each Saturday morning, I was the emcee of “The Bri’ar Fox Shows.” Around the same time, I sang with a big band on Saturday nights.

    If you weren’t a performer, what would you do? Probably interior design! Or die!

    What’s your favorite restaurant? I love too many to claim a favorite but any restaurant that serves oysters: New Orleans, Provincetown, Galveston, Texas.

    Read the previous Q&A’s with La Tanya Hall, Gabrielle Stravelli and Barbara Fasano.

    Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, opens Feb 23.

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  7. Rita Dove: On the Bus with Rosa Parks | 92Y Readings

    "So what if we were born up a creek and knocked flat with the paddle, if we ain’t got a pot to piss in and nowhere to put it if we did? Our situation is intolerable, but what’s worse is to sit here and do nothing. O yes. O mercy on our souls."

    Those are the words of the silver-tongued poet Rita Dove, who visited the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in May, 1999 to read from her collection On the Bus with Rosa Parks. The passage comes from a poem titled “Our Situation is Intolerable” – and it’s one of a few that Dove read that night at 92Y.

    In observance of Black History Month, we’d like to share with our readers the chance to hear not only the beautiful words of Rita Dove, but also recordings of readings by other great black writers. Those readings – including James Earl Jones (reading the poetry of Walt Whitman), Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Terrance Hayes and Yusef Komunyakaa – can be found at 92Y Poetry Center’s Virtual Poetry Center.

  8. Salman Rushdie reads from Joseph Anton, October 11, 2012 at 92Y

    In this clip, he reads a part about his father, Anis Ahmed. “Anis was a godless man,” he began, “still a shocking statement to make in The United States, though an unexceptional one in Europe, and an incomprehensible idea in much of the rest of the world where the thought of not believing is hard even to formulate. “

    Watch the clip for more.

    See upcoming readings at 92Y Poetry, featuring Jamaica Kincaid, W. S. Merwin, Richard Ford and more

    (Source: youtube.com)

  9. Five Political Flash Points For 2013, from POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman. Watch the video. 

    Five Political Flash Points For 2013, from POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman. Watch the video

  10. Connecting to Jewish Wisdom With Rabbi David Kalb: Pray With Your Feet. 

    "During the height of the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King led a march, from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. One of the people who participated in that march was a Rabbi by the name of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. When Rabbi Heschel returned from Selma, he was asked by someone, ‘did you find much time to pray, when you were in Selma?’ Rabbi Heschel responded, ‘I prayed with my feet.’  What was his point? That his marching, his protesting, his speaking out for Civil Rights was his greatest pray of all. … When we use our feet to pray, that is real powerful prayer.” 

    Watch more videos with Rabbi David Kalb on our YouTube channel.