SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM WALKING TOURS: THE SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD

The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Place, New York

This tour explores Battery Park City’s southern district, which is home to the Skyscraper Museum and includes some of BPC’s earliest landscapes and infrastructure, as well as the residential enclaves built in the 1990s that followed the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. We will visit historic Pier A, Wagner Park, and South Cove, as well as the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951, and learn about the developing Resilience Action Plan of BPCA.

SWEDISH MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

Wagner Park 20 Battery Place, New York, NY

Enjoy this nostalgic celebration of the summer solstice. Join in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. Make wreaths from beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, a Scandinavian folklorist. 

RIVER TO RIVER: CRAIG HARRIS

Rockefeller Park New York, NY

Trombonist/composer Craig Harris plays rich, wide-ranging improvisation and creates compositions as varied as his source inspirations in spirituals, Jazz, avant-garde, R & B and hip-hop. His partners through the years included Lester Bowie, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, David Murray, The Roots and many more luminaries. He will be joined by an ensemble that elevates as it celebrates creativity.

SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM WALKING TOURS: THE COMMERCIAL CORE

The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY

This tour focuses on the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) designed by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project and how the goals of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation were realized over three decades.

RIVER & BLUES: NICOLE ATKINS

Wagner Park 20 Battery Place, New York, NY

The powerhouse New Jersey-via-Nashville singer and songwriter, Nicole Atkins blends rock, soul, and psychedelic rock into into her own unique contemporary sound. Her impeccable songwriting and emotive voice shine on her latest release, Memphis Ice.

RIVER & BLUES: ELJURI & CHA WA

Wagner Park 20 Battery Place, New York, NY

Touted as one of the top Latina guitar players in the world, Eljuri is a genre-fusing artist that blends the sounds and rhythms of her life experiences into her song-writing and guitar playing. 

The infectious music and dazzling stage show of Grammy-nominated Cha Wa has been described as “funk with feathers” – a sound rooted in traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian music mixed with funk and soul, creating a non-stop groove machine.

SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM WALKING TOURS: THE COMMERCIAL CORE

The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY

This tour focuses on the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) designed by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project and how the goals of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation were realized over three decades.

SATURDAY FAMILY WORKSHOP: CITY OF WATER DAY

Rockefeller Park New York, NY

City of Water Day is a free harbor-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance and its partners to get people to, on, and in the water. Join us at this ideal Hudson-side setting to celebrate and learn about environmental stewardship take part in a nature walk, culminating in a collaborative art project.

RVER & BLUES: LADY WRAY

Wagner Park 20 Battery Place, New York, NY

Virginia-born artist Nicole Wray shows off her dexterous range of singing and songwriting, infusing hints of soul, R&B, and hip-hop into head-nodding, funky stories with the power to heal.