The Y's Centennial Celebrations

In 1917 the Y opened its doors and nearly 100 years later, the Y is still thriving as it serves the local community. Follow our celebrations here! (Learn about our long and distinguished history here.)

Centennial Logo Designed by Staff Member Shera Sonenberg
In Honor of Y President, Nagle Avenue is Co-Named Sidney Offerman Way
Y CEO Martin Englisher Rings NYSE's Closing Bell
100 Faces of the Y Nursery School
A Sweet Start to Our 100th Year on Rosh Hashanah
The Y Nursery School Art Quilt
100-Themed Collections in the Y Nursery School

 

Like the community it serves, the Y has a diverse staff who have a wide range of skills and talents. Beyond being an outstanding Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Shera Sonenberg is also a talented artist. With undergraduate training in illustration, she is a gifted painter who works with oil and watercolor, and, to the Y's delight, she is also a phenomenal graphic designer. Shera designed a modern logo which references the agency's past -- the type has its roots in the Art Deco period which was popular during the Y's early years -- and connects this rich history with the present. The zeros of the 100s contain the founding year and the centennial; by interlocking the zeros, the logo illustrates our strong connection with the past in a new and contemporary way. Shera, pictured below on the right, was able to see her design displayed at the NYSE.
Shera Sonenberg with Y's 100 Year Logo

In Honor of Y President, Nagle Avenue is Co-Named Sidney Offerman Way

On June 17, 2016 the Y hosted over 20 members of the Offerman Family to honor their patriarch, Sidney Offerman. He was a key player in the Y’s history, shaping the organization into the wide-reaching, community-support agency it is today. The City of New York recognized this contribution to the greater community by co-naming Nagle Avenue, so on the 17th we came together to witness the unveiling of Sidney Offerman Way. Read more.

Y CEO Martin Englisher Rings NYSE's Closing Bell

To commemorate the Y’s centennial, the New York Stock Exchange invited us to ring their iconic bell. On June 20, 2016 a group of board members, staff, and Summer Youth Employment Program participants gathered on the NYSE’s balcony and trading floor to cheer as CEO Martin Englisher rang the Closing Bell. Read more.

100 Faces of the Y

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the Y Nursery School celebrated by posting 100 beautiful pictures of their students.
100 Faces of the Y

A Sweet Start to Our 100th Year on Rosh Hashanah

For Rosh Hashanah the Y community was treated with honey sticks with messages celebrating our centennial. A special thanks to the Center for Adults Living Well members and staff who helped package the treats!
Rosh Hashanah 100 Year Anniversary Honey Sticks CALW members and staff readying honey sticks for Rosh Hashanah

The Y Nursery School Art Quilt

The Y Nursery School children created 100 works of art to form the basis of a quilt installation. This may have hung on our wall, but some of these look like they would be equally at home in MoMA!
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100-Themed Collections in the Y Nursery School

The Y Nursery School children and their families created collections of 100 items for show and tell. Here is a small sample of their creative projects.
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