92nd Street Y
Members show up regularly for continuing-ed classes or workouts in the 80,000-sq-ft gym, but this is hardly your average community center. The nonprofit Y draws culture hounds from across the city and beyond to thousands of annual events, including conversations with boldface names such as Madeline Albright, Patti Smith, and Woody Allen. On other nights, the Kaufmann Concert Hall puts the spotlight on visiting jazz acts or current-affairs panels. There’s truly something for everyone thanks to eight programming centers, including the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, which continues the legacy of the Y’s German-Jewish founders.