by Bill Batson
The YMCA is such a ubiquitous institution they practically own a letter of the alphabet. The Y gained global brand identification by opening 3000 branches across the United States. A universally recognized 70’s disco hit with dance steps that spell out their name hasn’t hurt. For generations, many in Nyack have become YMCA members for social and recreational purposes. Their architecturally distinctive headquarters has stood unchanged since its construction in 1927, but the organization and Nyack have undergone profound social and cultural changes.