New Beginnings In-Person Programming

New Beginnings In-Person Programming



10:00 am 11:00 am Stay Well Exercise

10:00 am 11:00 am Bridge/Canasta/Chess

10:00 am 11:00 am Mah Jongg

11:00 am 12:00 pm Walking Club

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Bingo

1:30 pm 2:30 pm Blood Pressure Check


10:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab

10:00 am 11:00 am Mah Jongg

10:00 am 11:00 am Tai Chi

10:00 am 11:00 am Painting

10:30 am 11:30 am Art Explorations

12:30 pm 1:30 pm Blood Pressure Check

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Knitting


10:00 am 11:00 am Baking

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Bliss Fit

1:30 pm 2:30 pm Water Aerobics


10:00 am 11:00 am Foreign Language Friends

10:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab

10:45 am 11:45 am Functional Movement

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Group Chat

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Chair Yoga

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Book Club


9:15 am 10:15 am Stay Well Exercise

10:30 am 11:30 am Hudson River Voices

11:00 am 12:00 pm Current Events

12:45 pm 1:45 pm Webinar/ Film/ Entertainment


Scroll down for class details and links.

New and Noteworthy This Month

Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30am

Helping Ukrainian Refugees (Hybrid) 

Please join us to hear Alexandra Nyashina, the Y’s Director of Volunteer Services, talk about her first-hand experiences in Poland helping Ukrainian refugees. There will be a slide show during the lecture, followed by a Q&A.

Meeting ID: 869 7412 5499

Passcode: 556633

Wednesday, May 4 & May 25 at 10:00am

Self Defense for Seniors (In Person)

The goal is to empower participants with the skills needed to protect themselves. We hope that the skills you learn in these classes will help you feel more secure walking down the street and confident in the event of an unprovoked attack. The curriculum for this self-defense class was created by New York City-based fitness expert Lamar McKay.


Wednesday, May 4 & May 25 at 12:45-2:15pm

Improv With Frank Ingrasciotta (In Person) 

Expand your creativity, mental agility and confidence through theater games that focus on spontaneity, awareness, energy, concentration, and more.  Get excited about improvisation. Be supportive, be excited, and be encouraging of each other.  Above all, have fun.


Thursday, May 5 at 10:00am

Where Should We Go? (In Person)

Join Program Coordinator, Margo Brooks, to discuss the details of upcoming trips.


Friday, May 6 at 12:45pm

City College of New York: Harvard-on-the-Hudson (Hybrid) 2hrs

Long considered the “poor man’s Harvard,” City College of New York was the first public higher education institution in NYC. One of the most architecturally impressive university campuses in the nation, graduates range from ten Nobel Prize laureates to famed American public servants like Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger. Join New York Adventure Club as we virtually explore the magical “Harvard-on-the-Hudson” and its nearly 200 years of world-class public education. To register for online viewing, send an email with your name and email address to

Monday, May 9, at 10:00am

Poetry Performance by Judith Baumel and Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz (Hybrid)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a poetry performance by Judith Baumel – the prize-winning daughter of our own Center Member, Betty Baumel – and Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz. Both poets are Bronx residents and recipients of this year’s Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award. Judith and Michael will read from their work and discuss how poetry speaks to us in good times and bad. Judith Baumel is the author of five books of poetry, including the upcoming Thorny, available for preorder. Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz teaches and publishes on a variety of topics.

Meeting ID: 821 9686 8043

Passcode: 318516

Monday, May 9 at 11:30am

Mother’s Day Luncheon (In Person)

Join us for a special meal and a gift in honor of Mother’s day.


Wednesday, May 11 & 18 at 10:30am

Silver Shoes Dance Club (In Person)

Let’s dance! Join Daniela from Silver Shoes Dance Club. This fun and informative class will focus on the basics skills for the most popular Latin and Ballroom dance styles and is open to all learning levels. Learn Latin dances on May 11 and Ballroom dances on May 18. No partner is necessary. See you on the dance floor!


Thursday, May 12 10am-12noon

Walking Club Trip To Wave Hill (In Person)

All are welcome to walk around and enjoy the garden in its full spring glory. The flowering trees are in blossom. Meet in the lobby at 9:45am. The bus leaves at 10am and we return at noon. To reserve your spot on the bus, give Margo the $5.00 suggested contribution by Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Friday, May 13 at 12:45pm

Friday Flicks – “One Day in September” (In Person)

1999 documentary, 90min. The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, and with various officials detailing how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation.


Wednesday, May 18 12:45-2pm

Museum of Interesting Things (In Person)

The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions. This exhibit will focus on the Invention of Household Items, exploring design and invention from the industrial revolution/mechanical era to recent times as it relates to things used in the home and for food preparation. The presentation includes interactive demonstrations of items such as the Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, mechanical doorbells and mechanical/gear-based food prep and household items including butter churns, Edison toasters and apple peelers.


Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00am

Cooking Live with DFTA! (Hybrid)

Watch a cooking demonstration by a licensed nutritionist on screen. This month’s healthy dish is Jamaican Jerk Chicken. View the screening in person at the Y or click the following zoom link to view at home:

Meeting ID: 845 9930 9153 Passcode: 123


Friday, May 20 at 12:45pm

Friday Flicks – “CODA” (In Person)

2021,1:50min. Academy Award Winner for Best Picture. As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.


Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30am

May Birthday BBQ

Celebrate our members’ May birthdays with a barbeque on the Y’s back deck. The suggested donation is $3.50. Please register in advance and receive an assigned table number for seating. We have one seating this month. If you have a May birthday, let us know when you receive your table assignment.


Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00pm

Concert with Manny the Conga Player (In Person)

Use all your new dance moves from dance class as you boogie with Manny. He will perform Motown, 50s-60s-70s pop hits, jazz standards and Latin hits while playing the conga drums. His performances reflect the Latin, Soul and Groove music that captivated New York during the 60’s and 70’s. Bring your dancing shoes.

Friday, May 27 at 12:45pm

Summer of Love: The 1967 Hippie Takeover of NYC (Hybrid) 90min

Join New York Adventure Club as we embark on a virtual journey back in time to explore NYC during the Summer of Love. In 1967 hippies flocked to NYC, heralding in community activism, communal living, natural foods, experimental theater, Eastern philosophy, musical expression, and progressive politics. It was a social phenomenon that brought together people who put their free-love and anti-war sentiment on full display. To register for online viewing, send an email with your name and email address to


Tuesday, May 31 at 9:30am

New Members’ Breakfast (In Person)

Be our guest! If you joined the center in 2022, we invite you to break bagels with members of our Advisory Council and staff. Let’s get to know each other over breakfast. To register, please email Margo at




Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45pm (In Person)

Broadway Showcase

Sing your heart out by performing in our own musical production. Members will perform an abridged version of a Broadway musical. You will hold scripts so no need to memorize lines. Casting takes place Tuesday, May 3, and the show date is Sunday, June 26.  The rehearsals and show will be outside on the back deck of the Y.


Weekly In-Person Classes

Mondays at 10:00am

Game players with previous experience are welcome to join us for a friendly competition in the game of your choice.

Mondays at 11:00 am

Weekly Walking Club
Walking with friends is a great way to exercise. Discover new places in our local area and explore further afar. Meet in the lobby at 11:00am. See Margo if you would like to join

Tuesdays at 10:00 am

T’ai Chi: Registration Not Required

With Steve Shulman.

Tuesdays at 10:00 am

Painting Class: Registration Not Required

Our weekly painting class with Danny Hauben resumes at the Y.

Tuesdays at 10:30am

Art Explorations with Daniel Hauben

In this visually rich and interactive half-hour program, artist and instructor Daniel Hauben will share his insights into art, past and present. Mr. Hauben presents this program in-person at the Y with additional participation over Zoom. Pre-registration is not required. (Note: The painting class will continue during and following this Art Appreciation program.)

April 5, 2022 Van Gogh’s “Loving Vincent”

April 12, 2022 Paul Gauguin

April 19, 2022 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

April 26, 2022 Japanese Landscape Painting

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm

Weekly Knitting Class: Registration Not Required

With Barbara Goodman, Instructor. Bring in something you are working on, or start something new.

Wednesdays at 10:30am

Living with Loss
See Carmen Lopez, LMSW, in the Social Services office if you would like to register for this 8-week program designed to help members cope with recent loss.

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Bliss Fit: Registration Not Required

This is a hybrid class. Well rounded exercise class utilizing dance, yoga, and strength  training exercises. Enhances overall fitness & well-being. Lively music is played throughout  the class. With Instructor Trinity Schmidt.

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm

Water Aerobics: Registration Required

Our weekly Water Aerobics class is led by Dally, a fitness instructor with the Y. To ensure that we meet health requirements, classes are limited to 10 participants. Note: Wristbands and New Beginnings membership are required. Pre-registration is required by emailing Margo at or by calling the Center office at 347-913-4444 with your full name, e-mail address and phone number. Pool privileges will be lost if you miss more than one class without 24 hours advance notice to Gladys or Margo. If class capacity is reached, preference will be given to active Center members who do not ordinarily have access to our facilities.

Thursdays at 10:00am

Foreign Language Friends
In this casual setting you can practice a foreign language with a tutor. Brush up on speaking Spanish with a Center Member or improve your ability to read and write in English. If you would like to volunteer to tutor, please see Margo in person or by sending an email to

Thursdays at 10:45 am

Functional Movement: Registration Not Required

Stretch and Strength class with a focus on making everyday activities easier.  You can sit in a chair or standup. With Certified Fitness Instructor, Terry Roche.

Fridays at 10:00 am

Stay Well Exercise: Registration Not Required

In this class, we alternate between sitting & standing with a focus on muscle strengthening & joint mobility. On the other days of the week, Stay Well exercise classes will continue virtually. Volunteer & Certified Stay Well Instructor.

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All Older Adult Center Programming is funded by the New York City Department of the Aging unless otherwise noted.