The enduring allure of living in New York City is deeply connected to its culture, culinary destinations, architectural landmarks, and the vibrant communities that bring it all to life. There are also the smaller, everyday pleasures, like walks through Central Park or down Museum Mile, that make New York a city like no other. Residents of the Upper East Side homes at The Kent know their neighborhood is at the center of many of NYC’s stalwart cultural institutions, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Guggenheim Museum to the beloved 92nd Street Y.
Known for its dynamic programming, the Y remains New York City’s premiere cultural and community center, attracting the biggest names in arts, journalism, sciences, politics, and just about every other area of interest. While in-person events and classes remain limited for the time being, the Y has made most of its schedule available online. And residents of The Kent can take in the culture and entertainment with all the amenities of these Upper East Side condos at their disposal: Cozy up in the Great Room to learn a new skill, or project an event for viewing in The Sound Lounge — it doesn’t get any more convenient than that.
As usual, there is a lot happening at the Y. Upcoming events include a conversation between celebrated author Evan Osnos and Gen. David Petraeus on China and the future of Joe Biden’s presidency; conversations between Etsy CEO Josh Silverman and CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer; and a talk with Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King on creating a brighter future for New York City. An escape to Florida is on offer with a Miami Art Deco Virtual Walking tour, while fiction lovers can find their latest read with an exploration of five hidden gems of American literature via guidance from author Stephanie Rabinowitz. The Y will also be hosting their State of Democracy Summit, bringing together scholars, public servants, journalists, and other panelists to discuss a wide range of issues surrounding the future of democracy: from misinformation and technology to the American voting system, as well as the role of art and film in the political process.
Residents of The Kent can also expand their horizons by registering for one of the Y’s roster of online courses. Those who have yearned to test their artistic skills can take on courses in abstract drawing or painting, as well as beginning classes for acrylic painting. Aspiring authors can take their writing to the next level with a range of fiction, poetry, or memoir courses. Residents can also go in-depth in a new subject with lectures from Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Menand, or take up an in-person or online ceramics class. Aspiring chefs can enroll in cooking courses and learn to make hand-pulled noodles with instruction from Xi’an Famous Foods’ Jason Wang, or master the art of baking bread with James Beard Award winner Nick Malgieri. There’s something for the smallest residents of The Kent, too: They can learn to pop and lock in the Hamilton Hip Hop dance classes, and then strut their new moves on The Sound Lounge’s dedicated dance floor.
With the seemingly limitless range of new skills, subjects, and big-name personalities to explore via the 92nd Street Y, the only challenge is finding enough time to discover them all. Fortunately, those who live in The Kent’s Upper East Side residences can take part in the best of New York City’s renowned cultural life, all from the comfort of home.