Taste of Tribeca Offers Samples of Everything from Anejo to Zucker’s
Above: The Taste of Tribeca food festival brings world-class cuisine outdoors, to fund arts and enrichment programs at P.S. 150 and P.S. 234 Below: The festival, located on Duane Street, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, draws food devotees from around the New York area.
Taste of Tribeca, the annual food-fest that benefits P.S. 234 and P.S. 150, will take over Duane Street tomorrow (Saturday, May 21, between Hudson and Greenwich Streets, from 11:30am to 3pm) with delectables from more than 60 local restaurants, including six (Bubby’s Tribeca, Bouley, Duane Park Patisserie, Gigino Trattoria, Tribeca Grill, and Walker’s) that have participated every year since the festival’s founding in 1994. Among the culinary draws will be gourmand favorites such as American Cut, Il Mulino, and the Palm.
Food tickets (called “Tasting Cards”) are priced at $55 if purchased in advance (at TasteofTribeca.com) or $65 on the day of the event, and provide six tastes from any of the participating restaurants. Those wishing to support the schools (where arts and enrichment programs are funded largely with proceeds from Taste of Tribeca) at a higher level can purchase premium reserved seating, priced at $700 for a table of four and $1000 for a table of six, which includes food tickets for each seat at the table. Premium seating also includes table service by personal food runners, staffed by student volunteers from local high schools, plus a designer t-shirt and gift bag from Taste of Tribeca sponsors for each guest at the table.
Live music will be provided by City Winery at the soundstage (Greenwich Street, near Harrison) with acts including Cynthia Sayer, the Church Street School for Music and Art, and the Tribattery Pops.
Guests are also encouraged to bring children, for family-friendly fun in the KidsZone (located in Duane Park), featuring arts and crafts with Craft Studio and Spotlight Kids, games with Cocoon, edible art with Cricket’s Candy, coding with The Coder School, and reading at Book Nook. There will also be performances by the Fashion Squad School, Dance with Miss Rachel, Arc Athletics, BB Skate Club, and Nicol Squash.
Slightly older youngsters can head to the Family Zone (at Greenwich and Duane Streets), where they’ll find STEAM and robotics projects from Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, art activities (including face painting and tote bag design), and tastings of spring vegetables. At the Sports Zone (further west, at Greenwich and Harrison Streets) Manhattan Youth, will offer clay-making and sports-themed carnival games for young athletes.
Back to the Store of the Future
Renowned Discounter Announces Return to Storied Temple of Commerce
The family behind the iconic shopping brand, Century 21, has announced that the Platonic ideal of off-priced luxury retail will return to its longtime sanctuary at 25 Church Street (between Cortland and Dey Streets) in the spring of next year.
Trinity Church Responds to Rising Local Hunger with Compassion Meals Program
Trinity Church has resurrected its Compassion Meals program, which provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to those in need, on a rotating schedule, six days per week. The Church has always provided food help, reflects Lorelei Atalie Vargas, Trinity’s Chief Community Impact Officer. “But during the pandemic, when rates of food insecurity started to rise, we took a data-driven look at communities where food was a problem, particularly those where pantries had closed.” This translated into a huge jump in Trinity’s food assistance program, which distributed 15,000 meals through the Church’s Brown Bag Lunch program in 2019—a figure that jumped to 162,000 meals in 2020, and more than 230,000 last year.
Nadler Sponsors Legislation to Clip Wings of Whirlybirds
Congressman Jerry Nadler has introduced federal legislation to address safety and noise pollution concerns caused by non-essential helicopter flights over New York, which have emerged as chronic source of irritation for Lower Manhattan residents in recent years. At a Sunday press conference held alongside the East River’s 34th Street Heliport, Mr. Nadler (flanked by fellow Congress members Carolyn B. Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, who are co-sponsoring his proposed law), said, “for decades, New Yorkers have been plagued by excess helicopter noise and have had their lives put in danger by non-essential flights. Despite numerous requests by my colleagues and I, the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] has refused to sufficiently act to keep our skies and our City safe.”
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, visit the exhibitions and the ships of the South Street Seaport Museum for free. At 12 Fulton Street, see “South Street and the Rise of New York” and “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914,” and at Pier 16, explore the tall ship Wavertree and lightship Ambrose.
Demolition Brass Band
At 5:20 on May (the fifth month) 20th, enjoy a performance by Demolition Brass Band at the South Street Seaport waterfront. The significance of 5:20 and 5/20? New York City, a city of islands, has a total of 520 miles of waterfront. On this day, the NYC Department of City Planning celebrates waterfronts around the City with free walking tours and other entertainment. The Demolition Brass Band will perform songs related to themes found in the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. See the lineup of 5/20 events here.
Artists Mary Miss and Shuli Sadé discuss South Cove and its relationship to nature. South Cove was conceived by Mary Miss, Stanton Eckstut, and Susan Child as an artwork that was also a public space. With Bird’s Eye View by Shuli Sadé, South Cove becomes a site for art as well as an artwork itself. Both artists will also discuss how they address environmental issues in their work.
Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the vistas of the Hudson River and the landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided. Free.
Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Help observe and identify the fish caught and released. The day also includes an art project, a nature walk and a live performance of Sing with Suzi featuring Suzi Shelton and special guest The Culture Queen. Free.
The American architect and sculptor Maya Lin became famous when, as a college student in 1981, her anonymous entry won the competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Learn about Maya through a read-aloud of Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey. Then, incorporating themes of nature and world peace, create collages of landscapes. Ages 7+. RSVP required. Free
Taking place along the tree-lined King Avenue, nestled between historic early 20th century buildings, this idyllic market features a rotating lineup of 30+ makers, designers, artists, and small businesses, with handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, artisanal packaged food and more.
This workshop will take place in the Piet Oudolf-designed perennial gardens throughout The Battery, with topics covering plant division, cut back, soil replenishment, weed control, and other basic care. After a hands-on plant division activity, participants will be invited to take the plants they divide home with them. Ages 13 and up. Free. Registration required.
The Bee Conservancy is hosting a family-friendly event at the Urban Farm on Governors Island in partnership with Earth Matter and GrowNYC, and sponsored by Zarbee’s. Sign up for Session 1 (12pm-2pm) or Session 2 (2pm-4pm). Free.
Piano sextet Grand Band performs New York Keys featuring works of four New York composers, including a world première by Grand Band member Erika Dohi, and, for his 85th birthday celebration, an original arrangement of Philip Glass’s Part 9 from his groundbreaking Music in Twelve Parts, Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla and Paul Kerekes’s bloom. At 1pm and 3pm, in Nolan Park. Free.
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Music Ensemble in New York with two programs that will introduce Chinese orchestral music to the general public. 12pm-12:45pm: Introduction of Chinese Orchestra by Professor Jindong Cai. 1pm-2:30pm: observing music making with Chinese orchestra rehearsal.
The choruses from Trinity and partner programs join forces in a spring concert with programming focused on spreading love, hope, and joy. Alumni of the Jazz House Kids program will be joining to accompany the choirs. Free.