Renovations for Improved Services: Updates to the Y’s Kitchen and Auditorium

This past summer, the Y broke ground on its next phase of renovations. This includes a gut renovation of our kitchen, and significant work in our auditorium and connected meeting space. 

The Y’s kitchen is used six days each week to serve nearly 1,000 meals to participants in our Center for Adults Living Well. With piecemeal expansions over the past 30 years, the Y’s kitchen was no longer optimally functioning with outdated systems and inefficient configurations. These will soon be problems of the past. The renovations in the kitchen include brand new, state-of-art cooking equipment, new plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, and new flooring and lighting.

The work in the auditorium is intended to create a more modern and aesthetically appealing look while providing significantly better acoustics. There will be new floor tiles, wall and window treatments, and an acoustical soffit added. Our renovated meeting space will include new floor tiles and lighting.

While the kitchen and auditorium are being renovated, our Center for Adults Living Well have relocated their meal service to the Wien House, the housing facility which is physically connect to and managed by the Y. Although we anticipate being able to move back to the auditorium in December, the finishes will not be completed until later in the winter. We expect the kitchen and meeting room to be completed in the beginning of the spring, which will bring the project to completion. 

We’ve been heartened by our members’ patience and willingness to adjust while we make these updates. We can’t wait to unveil and take full advantage of these improved spaces!

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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