Welcome to the McBurney YMCA. We are located at the intersection of Greenwich Village and Chelsea, near Union Square, and offer state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a pool, tons of free group fitness classes, and free child watch while you work out. 

Leadership Staff

Executive and Business Office

Jasmin Cardona
Executive Director

 

Oksana Antonyuk
Business Manager

 

Erin Mooney
Director of Fund Development and Communications

 

Jennifer Martin
Executive Assistant

 

Membership

Mitch Lyons
Membership Director

 

Jennifer Cutillo
Membership Sales and Engagement Specialist

 

Nanda Khan
Membership Coordinator

 

Eli Strock
Billing Coordinator

 

Youth & Family

Romana Ryals
Program Director, WIHS Site

 

Pam Navarro
Youth Program Coordinator

 

Jessica Diaz
Program Supervisor, PS 33 Site

 

Marcus St. Louis
Sports Coordinator

 

Orlyn Aaron
Program Coordinator, WIHS Site

 

Shonnell Griffith
Youth & Family HR/Billing Coordinator

 

Aquatics

Madhur Patel
Aquatics Director

Michaela Rivera
Aquatics Coordinator

 

Healthy Lifestyles

James Dolle
Healthy Lifestyles Director

 

John Li
Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator

 

Facilities

Guillermo Abreu
Property Manager

 

Edward Parson
Building Coordinator

History

The first permanent home of the McBurney branch of the New York YMCA began as the headquarters of the New York Association in 1869. The French Renaissance building, designed by notable New York architect James Renwick, Jr., and renamed the 23rd Street YMCA in 1887, was the first purpose-built YMCA building in the U.S. In 1904 the 23rd Street Y moved west to 7th Avenue, into a state-of-the art building--with a roof garden, a cork running track, and a marble lined swimming pool--widely considered the finest YMCA building in the United States. In 1943 the branch was renamed in honor of Robert Ross McBurney, an Irish immigrant who rose from librarian of the New York Association in 1862 to chief executive in 1883, a post he held until his death in 1898.

The branch boasted a significant educational mission, housing the Chelsea School, a college prep school, and the New York Law School from 1920 to 1933. In 1973, McBurney began offering full physical education programs for women, as did West Side, Vanderbilt, and Flushing Ys. In 2002 the McBurney branch relocated to West 14th Street, and the former McBurney YMCA in Chelsea was acquired by the state of New York and transformed into 207 units of special needs housing.

The McBurney branch prides itself on its long history and its famous members. Merrill met Lynch in its swimming pool in 1913 and author and playwright William Saroyan stayed in the guest rooms when he came to New York in 1928. Other notable members have included Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee, pop artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino.