WEEK AHEAD: Everything Going On Below Canal Street (6.27.19)
Welcome to this week's edition of Week Ahead, your rundown on everything going on below Canal Street this weekend and coming week. We’ve vetted and collected the best events (many are FREE!) for you. Here are a few of our favorite events/activities coming up...
-Now through 6.28 - “Live 4 Love” - This new art installation in the Oculus, opening today, celebrates international pride month. The large, colorful installation was created by two Australian artists to bring the story of the LGBTQIA+ community to life in a dynamic way. “Live 4 Love” is an inflatable structure that stands over 20 feet tall and is covered with powerful design symbols that represent freedom, inclusion, gender diversity, friendship, and adversity. In the evenings, the installation will be illuminated with internal LED lights and act as a large-scale lantern.
-Now through 6.29 – 18th Annual River To River Festival - LMCC presents the 18th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, from June 18-29, 2019. Performances and events celebrate artistic and creative diversity in all its forms throughout spaces in Lower Manhattan. This year's festival encourages the discovery of what arises when we all slow down.
-Now through 7.1 – WorldPride – Join Brookfield Place in celebrating WorldPride NYC with activations and events taking place in multiple spaces throughout the complex during the month of June. Explore a large-scale installation in the Pavilion (6/1 – 7/1), visit WorldPride | Stonewall 50 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Initiative in the Winter Garden (6/27 – 7/1), and snap a photo with a colorful instagrammable moment (6/27 – 7/1) on the Waterfront Plaza. For every post on social media that tags @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride in the Pavilion and on the Waterfront Plaza, $1 will be donated to an LGBTQIA+ charity.
-Thursday 6.27 – Live Music On The Waterfront – Every Thursday all summer long come check out an exciting array of DJs and live bands provide you with a sunset soundtrack on the waterfront at BFPL.
-Thursday 6.27 – Worldpride: Special Happy Hour - Gather your friends on the Waterfront Terrace and toast WorldPride during a special Happy Hour featuring live music by Lucy and La Mer and more at Brookfield Place.
-Thursday 6.27 – Opera On Tap - Opera on Tap brings its signature casual approach to opera performance to BPC with an immersive concert for all ages. Get ready to be inspired by up-and-coming singers and instrumentalists who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited by formal halls or opera houses.
-Thursday 6.27 – Screening of “You Don’t Nomi” - Continuing to celebrate Pride Month, Rooftop Films will present a screening of You Don’t Nomi at Liberty Park on Thursday, June 27. Listed as one of the best gay films from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Jeffrey McHale’s new documentary analyzes the campy classic movie Showgirls. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. RSVP at https://www.rooftopfilms.com/
-Friday 6.28- Smorgasburg at WTC Oculus - Smorgasburg – the largest outdoor weekly food market in the United States – is officially back! From now until October, try out something new every Friday with 25 different food stalls to choose from.
-Friday 6.28 – Air Wick Mobile Meditation Studio - Air Wick is committed to covering hardworking Moms, launching the first-ever Air Wick 24/7 Fresh Truck mobile meditation studio which they will be driving around NYC on June 28th to provide the city of New York with a moment of total, FREE relaxation. They’ve partnered with meditation expert Gabby Bernstein who has created a custom meditation routine to help instill impactful breathing and de-stressing techniques that you can use in any and all stressful moments. The Air Wick 24/7 Fresh Truck meditation sessions are FREE and open to the public in the Seaport District from 5-6:30p and will include awesome giveaways, samples and freebies.
-Saturday 6.29 – Summer Fitness Series at Brookfield Place - Get fit at Brookfield Place! The fitness series returns this summer with a variety of fun and challenging classes taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. The series kicks off and concludes with run clubs in May and the last two weeks of September. Through 9.18 Wednesdays at 6:30PM Saturdays at 10AM.
-Saturday 6.29 – LMCC Workshop On The Street - A banner-making workshop titled LMCC Workshop on the Street will take place at the North Oculus Plaza from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30pm.
-Saturday 6.29 – The Tea Dance: World’s Biggest Rooftop Party - The Worlds Biggest Pride Festival deserves the Worlds Biggest Rooftop Party! Join DJs Dan Slater (Australia) and Phil Romano (Spain) on an uplifting musical journey. Party under the sun and moon, plus stick around for a very special performance by global pop sensation Ava Max and Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst!
-Sunday 6.30 – Fulton Stall Market Weekly Outdoor Market – The outdoor marker is open every Sunday 11AM-5PM on Pier 17 until 11.24!
-Monday 7.1 – Ping Pong - Mondays through August 12! The Push ping-pong returns with DJ Mike for outdoor table tennis to suit any style, casual or competitive! “Around the World” tournaments will take place on June 24 and July 29.
-Monday 7.1 – Hudson River Kids Variety Show – Every Monday through September 16th, Hudson RiverKids brings together hands-on learning and entertainment with a multitude of interactive programs and performances all made with kids especially in mind. Recommended for ages up to 6 years old.
-Tuesday 7.2 – Young Sprouts Gardening - Young Sprouts is BPCP’s gardening program for children 3 to 5 years old and an accompanying adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown. Every Tuesday all summer long!
-Tuesday 7.2 + Wednesday 7.3 + Thursday 7.4 - Seaport Fit - Seaport Fit is back with its Summer 2019 lineup. In partnership with Trooper Fitness, Physique 57, and Mile High Run Club, Seaport Fit offers a variety of fun, free fitness classes including boot camp and barre workouts Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on The Rooftop at Pier 17 at 6:30 pm. Current schedule is bulleted below and additional classes will be announced throughout the summer. For those interested in attending a class please RSVP via www.SeaportDistrict.nyc.
-Tuesday 7.2 – Get Low - Get Low All Summer Long! Here's your chance to explore Lower Manhattan's hopping food scene. Every Tuesday through August 27th, get 20% off on dinner for two. Make it a date every Tuesday night and come discover why #downiswhatsup!
-Tuesday 7.2– Tuesday Trivia - Every Tuesday, get your teams down to Hudson Eats for rounds of trivia starting at 6pm.
-Wednesday 7.3 – Summer Fitness: Run Club - Join Mile High Run Club for an all-level outdoor run! Pick up a participation wristband at our concierge desk (indoors, across from Theory); arriving at least 15 minutes early is recommended.
-Wednesday 7.3– Summer Fitness Series at Brookfield Place - Get fit at Brookfield Place! The fitness series returns this summer with a variety of fun and challenging classes taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. The series kicks off and concludes with run clubs in May and the last two weeks of September. Through 9.18 Wednesdays at 6:30PM Saturdays at 10AM.
Don’t forget about these ongoing exhibits to check out:
-Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away - Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away., the first traveling exhibit focusing on the concentration camp in Poland is at The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial. The exhibit will feature hundreds of artifacts including a Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews, concrete posts that were part of the camp’s fence and survivor testimonies. With anti-Semitism on the rise, the JHE believe the exhibit is a chance to view the horrors of the past as a call to action against hate, bigotry and intolerance. On display till September 1st.
-Black Gotham Experience - Check out the visual storytelling project highlighting the profound connection between the African Diaspora and New York City, as photographic artist Kamau Ware shares his celebration of New York’s Black heritage with Seaport District NYC (192 Front Street). Experience a series of walking tours, graphic novels, film screenings, and workshops in an exhibition of New York’s Black heritage.
-Sunset, Sunrise (Revolution) (FREE) - This temporary public art installation at Pier A Plaza is an interactive, large-scale sculpture designed specifically for the site. It consists of 27 aluminum panels embedded with 9,000 crystal prisms activated by natural light, and is based on a previous, three-panel installation in Austin, Texas, titled Hyperprism. The artwork will be on view through the summer of 2018 in front Pier A Harbor House, located at 22 Battery Place and the Hudson River.
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