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  • Dec 8, 2015

    (This review was written about the 92nd Street Y as a whole, and is posted on each of their space listings.)

    Right off the bat, any potential reader needs to know that the 92nd Street Y is broken into two entrances (North and South). Additionally, the Harkness Dance Center is located within the North section of the building. Lastly, for the directionally impaired, you know you are on the North side of the building when you stand in front of the entrance and see to your left a Pioneer Supermarket across the street on the same side of the block where you are standing.

    Now, when you enter the 92 Street Y, the first thing one notices is that there is a heavy security presence. This is extremely comforting because if any actor or staff has an emergency, security can be summoned quickly. Additionally, the ensemble does not have to worry if rehearsals run late as the security detail remains on site (twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.)

    The last thing that needs to be analyzed is the overall wheelchair accessibility of the venue. When you enter the Y and get passed the security checkpoint, continue to the back of the lobby and you will see large spacious elevators that will comfortably take you to the 2nd Floor (Harkness Dance Center). Once you get out of the elevator, you will immediately see two of the three rehearsal spaces available to you. There is the Buttenwieser Hall (Out the elevator and to your left) and the Buttenwieser Lounge (Out the elevator and to your right). Both spaces are extremely large and can easily house a cast of 15 + actors including anyone who might be in a wheelchair. (SIDE NOTE: Buttenwieser Hall serves as the Dance Centers performance space and the capacity of the hall is 110 persons. So, if a theater company wanted to be innovative that room has multi-purpose potential.) The final potential rehearsal space is quite simply called the Lower Hall (take elevator to B- Level, and make a right when you get out). This space, like the other two, can house 15+ actors, including multiple persons with disabilities, for a rehearsal or whatever theatrical desires you possess.

    The last two things that need to be discussed are accessible restrooms and overall pricing. As far as pricing goes feel free to contact Edward Henkel (Associate Director) at he can connect you with the appropriate individuals. Lastly, and the only blemish the Y possesses is the location of there wheelchair accessible restrooms. Sadly, the only wheelchair restrooms are located in the basement (take elevator to B-Level, when you get out make a left, go down the ramp and make a 2nd left and you will be at the restrooms).

    Overall, I can’t speak enough praise for the 92 Street Y. It has all the space any performer could desire. Additionally, they are renovating to make other restrooms ADA compliant to compliment the already existing basement facility. In closing, its spaces like the Y that make a disabled artists voice louder and able to make a difference rather than becoming muffled in the overall demands of the majority.

    Accessibility_active This review was written by a disabled artist.

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