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Song About 92Y To Be Performed At The New York International Fringe Festival
“Did you know,” Hilary Russo asked on our Facebook wall, “there is a song called ‘The 92 Street Y’ in the new musical The Seed of Abraham,” set to take the stage at the The New York International Fringe Festival this month? We did not, but we do now! Listen to the mp3.
Interested in hearing more about the song, we got in touch with Kenny Karen (seen in the photo at left), who not only is the composer/lyricist of “The 92nd Street Y,” but also the one singing. Turns out, he was a resident of 92Y Residence from September 1961 until March 1962, a time reflected in the song’s lyrics. Kenny recounted his time here at 92Y:
The Seed of Abraham, set in 1967, centers around three young people who fight for their dreams in the Bronx. “But when war breaks out in Israel, their loyalties are tested when they are forced to choose between themselves, their families or a higher power.” The musical has five showings at the Bleecker Street Theater in Manhattan, on August 14, 17, 19, 23 and 25.
If memory serves me correctly I spent more time at the cafeteria than any other area of the building. My closest friend at the time was a Lower East Side resident, an old Camp Monroe buddy, Sheldon Silver, who for the past fifteen or sixteen years has served as Speaker of the New York State Assembly. We’re still in touch.