Tune In: NYC Plazas Alive with Music All Month!

Tune In: NYC Plazas Alive with Music All Month!

Summer in New York City has officially kicked off with a harmonious bang as Make Music New York Day fills the air with melodies across various boroughs.

Organized by the Department of Transportation in collaboration with Moving Culture Projects, this annual celebration transforms 11 plazas and open streets into vibrant stages for music and cultural performances on June 21st.

Bronx Bounces with Rhythms: Morrison Plaza and Fordham Plaza

In the Bronx, Morrison Plaza welcomes the Altin Sencalar Latin Jazz Project from 5 pm to 7 pm, while Fordham Plaza sets the tempo with the New Heights Brass Band from 3 pm to 5 pm.

These lively performances promise to captivate audiences with their soulful beats and energetic vibes.

Brooklyn’s Musical Workshops and Performances

Brooklynites can head over to Kensington Plaza for drumming and instrument workshops from 5 pm to 8 pm, or catch the African Peach Arts Coalition at Thatchford Avenue Open Street from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.

According to the source, later in the evening, Troutman Street Open Street will groove to the tunes of Reverend Vince and The Love Choir from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

Manhattan Melodies: A Day-Long Extravaganza

Manhattanites are in for a treat at Johnny Hartman Plaza, where Pueblo Harlem kicks off the festivities at noon, followed by a DJ set and performances by Berta Moreno Afro Jazz Soul Project, Rachel Terrien Latin Jazz Project, Fat Cats Alumni Ensemble, and more throughout the day until 8 pm.

Forsyth Plaza hosts an eclectic lineup starting at 2 pm, featuring World Record Players, Glicky’s Connection, The Wigouts, Johnny Mellor’s Bastardos, and Not All Heroes.

Queens’ Cultural Serenade: Corona Plaza and Diversity Plaza

In Queens, Corona Plaza resonates with the sounds of Prinkipo Quintet from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, while Diversity Plaza offers performances by RECAP Quartet at 6 pm and Eclectic Charango Beats at 7:30 pm.

Lowery Plaza also joins in the musical celebration with Prinkipo Quintet from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Staten Island Soundscape at Minthorne Street Open Street

Staten Island’s Minthorne Street Open Street features performances by Amber Sweeney at 5 pm, This Way to the Egress at 6 pm, and Alayisha at 7 pm. Residents can enjoy these musical acts against the backdrop of a summer evening.

Ongoing Summer Festivities and Beyond

Beyond June 21st, the DOT continues to enrich the city’s cultural tapestry with a series of events spanning all boroughs.

Soca dancing classes are scheduled for June 22nd and June 29th, inviting New Yorkers to groove to Caribbean rhythms under the open sky.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Takes the Stage

From July through August, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus promises thrills and excitement with free performances at various locations, including Troutman Street in Brooklyn, West 120th Street in Manhattan, and 34th Avenue in Queens.

This lively circus troupe brings a blend of acrobatics, comedy, and spectacle to delight audiences of all ages.

Celebrating Art and Community in Public Spaces

Robin Schatell, founder and director of Mov!ng Culture Projects, highlights the significance of these events in fostering community spirit and supporting local artists.

The partnership with the DOT’s Office of Livable Streets’ Public Space Programming division enables artists to showcase their talents in their own neighborhoods while being compensated for their performances.

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