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Upper East Side's 92Y opens a new gymnastics studio (slide show)

Get a first look at the uptown institution’s brand-new Studio in the Sky during its opening day celebration.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky

Photograph: Filip Wolak

92Y's Gymnastics Studio in the Sky


Thanks to the opening of 92Y’s Gymnastics Studio in the Sky, now there’s one more reason to visit the Upper East Side behemoth. We scoped out the new space on Sunday, November 10, alongside a few special guests: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Manhattan Borough President-elect Gale Brewer, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and 92Y’s resident GymStars team were all in attendance to help fete opening day.

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Situated on the top floor of 92Y, the studio boasts all-new equipment in a spacious sky-lit room, including a tumble track and foam pit where young gymnasts can practice safer vaulting, uneven bars, balance beams, a climbing wall and zip line, a trapeze, spring floors, filming equipment for evaluation and a pro shop. But what the gymnasts were most excited for was the replacement of their old studio, which had to be set up and removed with each class. Ten-year-old Greenwich Village native Kaitlyn said, “I’m really excited because now we get a full floor to practice and usually we only had like, one little strip. And it’s really awesome!”

Along with the new digs, 92Y will also introduce more class offerings to its gymnastics program, including lessons for children with special needs, non-competitive exhibition teams, cheerleading, rhythmic gymnastics, kids’ fitness classes, birthday parties, classes for adults (hey parents!), private lessons and a competitive track for ages three to 17, which will train gymnasts who plan to try out for the GymStars team. Signups for the spring semester begin December 4, but for those who just can’t wait, mid-semester classes start this week. To sign up, visit Studio in the Sky’s website.

Of course, the other star of the day’s events was Olympic gold-medalist and captain of the legendary Fierce Five U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Aly Raisman, who was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, autographs and a Q&A, where she gave the GymStars an insight on what it’s like to be an Olympic athlete. Raisman admitted she was still scared of the two-and-a-half twist on vault and that it’s totally okay to be afraid to try new skills, then left with this word of advice: “Always listen to your parents when they tell you to do your homework!”. Afterward, she led group lessons on the balance beam and floor. Eight-year-old Upper East Sider Holly’s favorite part of the day? “She signed our leotards! It’s in Sharpie so it’ll never come off!”

For more information or to sign up for classes at Studio in the Sky, visit 92y.org/studiointhesky.


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