A feast for the senses: Culture, food and design await this May

The peak month of spring in Lower Manhattan welcomes numerous happenings intended to thrill the five senses from indulging in great tastes from local chefs and expanding your worldwide knowledge of other cultures through art and music, to observing the everyday natural beauty and kinetic energy of our city. ‘May’ you discover something new this month and beyond!

Fado Festival NY & NJ – May 1-4; times vary
Time to get soulful: Brookfield Place kicks off this year’s Fado Festival NY & NJ, a celebration of the Portuguese musical tradition, by featuring four passionate performances by some of the genre’s acclaimed singers including Sofia Ribeiro and Helder Moutinho. The daily concerts will take place in the Winter Garden and are free to attend.

Spring Migration Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon –
Every Tuesday and Wednesday until May 22 @ 8a

The Battery’s perennial gardens and parks is where many migrating birds find food and temporary shelter in Lower Manhattan. Sign up for an official tour with an experienced NYC Audubon birder and naturalist who will educate you on the history of NYC’s ecology and help you spot the brilliant Blue Grosbeak.

KEYS TO THE CITY: The Ultimate New York City Scavenger Hunt – May 4 @ 10a-5p; $50 (deadline to apply is May 1)
Prove to yourself, friends and fellow scavenger hunters that you know more about NYC than anyone else! Not only is this a fun Saturday event to enjoy with a group of friends, but ticket proceeds benefit the Museum of the City of New York. Tag us @downtownnyc if you find any of our local neighborhood haunts.

Crossing Bridges Music Fest – May 10-11 @ 7:30p; tickets start at $39
The new music festival at the Schimmel Center celebrates the diversity of American contemporary singer-songwriters, with performances by longtime artists and individuals who believe in the storytelling power of music. Catch a verse or two from Paula Cole, Adam Ezra Group, The Kennedys, Jonathan Coulton and more.

NYCxDESIGN – May 10-22 @ various times; free and ticketed events
New York City’s annual celebration of design is hosting over a dozen panels, installations and events in our neighborhood! When you visit their Events page, select the “Downtown Design District” category to filter where you can enjoy the creative exhibits in Lower Manhattan, such as the upcoming free MVVO Art – Ad Art show at The Oculus at World Trade Center and botanic installation open house at Greenery: unlimited. Many of the events are free to attend, but some may require a formal RSVP or ticket purchase.

Taste of Tribeca – May 18 @ 11:30a-3p; tickets start at $45
Now in its 25th year, Tribeca’s annual springtime festival brings together over 60 local restaurants like Bouley At Home, The Odeon, and Tribeca Grill for a Saturday brunch extravaganza. There will also be live music, family-friendly activities, and wine, beer and cider tours of local pubs and shops. Proceeds for the event will support the arts and enrichment programs at local public elementary schools PS 150 and PS 234.

Children’s Festival: Taíno, Taíno, Taíno – May 18-19 @ 11a
Bring the entire family to this interactive weekend series at the National Museum of the American Indian, where youngsters (ideal for ages 3-11) can learn more about the Taino culture of the Caribbean through unique arts and crafts projects, music and storytelling.

Dine Around Downtown – May 21 @ 11a-3p 
It’s ba-ack! Our organization’s own annual culinary festival kicks off pre-Memorial Day festivities at 28 Liberty Plaza on Tuesday, May 21. We’ll be joined by dozens of new and popular restaurants in the area to feed the Lower Manhattan lunchtime crowd. And as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable communities* we’re making Dine Around 2019 a Zero Waste event—so you’ll eat well and do good.

Hop to Lower Manhattan for Easter

Put the Peeps down. Keep the jelly beans in the bag. This Easter, the best meals for celebrating the holiday are in Lower Manhattan. Restaurants across the neighborhood have special brunch offerings that will make you hop downtown like you’re chasing the Easter Bunny.


Step inside the The Wagner’s New American restaurant, 2West for a buffet style brunch that runs from 12:30-5:30p. Fill your plate with offerings that include fresh salads, Herb Roasted T-Bone Chops, chef-prepared omelets and more. Adult buffet tickets are $115 while children under 12 can eat for $50.

Beaubourg at Le District

Add a French flair to your Easter brunch. Le District’s Beaubourg features a $42 prix fixe for adults that includes Truffle Mushroom Bisque, Omelette de Langouste and Black & White Cake. A kids prix fixe is also available for $15.

The Capital Grille

The legendary steakhouse has an Easter menu filled with brunch classics. Among the hits are Jumbo Shrimp and Grits, Lobster Frittata and Fried Chicken and Waffles. Soft drinks like fresh squeezed juice, select teas and coffees are included for $49 for adults. Kids pay $15. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Peach Bellinis will be available for $9.


This Hanover Square mainstay is celebrating Easter with a $48 prix fixe menu. Select from dishes that include Crispy Beau Soleil Oysters, Roasted Rosemary Leg of Lamb and Apricot Glazed Fresh Ham. Make sure to save room for dessert where you’ll get to choose between Lemon Meringue Pie or a Homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Their a la carte menu will also be available that Sunday.


Sugarfina is doing their best Easter Bunny impersonation this Easter. Forty dollars gets you a special basket of goodies for the kids. The bunny-themed basket comes with two cubes, a chocolate bar and a surprise basket. Make sure to reserve these fun gifts in advance.

Temple Court

Celebrate Easter in the luxurious Temple Court. The Tom Colicchio-helmed restaurant is serving a three-course prix fixe brunch that is $50 for adults and $40 for children. The menu features Deviled Eggs, Salmon a la Oscar and Eggs Benedict. The brunch service runs from 11a-4p.

Tuck Room

Treat yourself this Easter to a Bloody Mary at The Tuck Room. Located inside the Seaport’s iPic movie theater, The Tuck Room’s Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar will be available from 11a-3p. Pair your cocktail with options from their “Soulful Social Plates” which include Herb Roasted Chicken and Mediterranean Turkey Burgers. A Hipster Bunny will be onsite for photo ops and there will be hourly Easter Egg hunts.

Ice Skating with Beautiful Views in Lower Manhattan

The Rink at Brookfield Place 230 Vesey Street | (347) 843-9503

Skate like the stars and have yourself a boutique ice skating experience. Enjoy this 7,350 square-foot rink with waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty. If you’re still getting the hang of skating, why not take a few lessons with professional instructors from Learn to Skate USA? Private lessons are available for beginners to even the most advanced skaters and hockey players. Unwind from the day by doing a little shopping at a plethora of shops in Brookfield Place, or stop by Hudson Eats for a little something to munch on. Public session run 90 minutes each and start at $15 with a $5 skate rental fee.

Winterland Rink Pier 17 | (212) 732-8257

Go for a nightly skate on NYC’s first rooftop ice skating rink with unparalleled panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Learn how to play broomball, play a game of curling, or touch up on your skating skills with a lesson or two. Then, warm up after a long session at some of Pier 17’s various dining options. Step off the rink and head to the warming hut, complete with bar and restaurant for some delicious ski-lodge style food. Rink and skate rentals start at $22 from Monday to Thursday, and $25 from Friday to Sunday. Lower Manhattan locals who use their zip code to purchase tickets in person at the Seaport Skate House will receive a discount.

Santa at Brookfield Place

Date: Nov 23, 2018 until Dec 25, 2018
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Tue Dec 25 2018 except Sun Dec 02 2018.

Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Organizer: Brookfield Place

Address: 230 Vesey Street; Fee: free

Description: Create lasting photo memories with Santa Claus at Brookfield Place. The month-long event offers a paid photo opportunity with BFPL’s very own Santa, including a children’s craft area. A personalized phone call from Santa is included with every photo package purchase. Visitors can pre-order photo packages and make online reservations in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome. • Closed on Mondays except December 24.

Halloween Fun in Downtown

Let out your best witch cackle, sharpen your fangs, or revel in the glory from saving the world this fall season with month-long Halloween fun all over Lower Manhattan. Check out the thrilling fun for children and family this season:

Pumpkin Point & Trick-Or-Treating
Let the fall spirit flow and thrive in a glorious day of joy, fun, and best of all, pumpkin picking! Pick out your own pumpkin, enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, and treats like warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, and a fall beer garden for the adults while basking in the grace of Lady Liberty on Governors Island. Trick-or-treat with your chivalrous knights, troubling goblins, spooky ghosties, and royal princesses all around the historic houses of Nolan Park. Pumpkin picking will take place for two weekends on October 20-21 and October 27-28. Trick-or-treating will be two days only on October 27-28.

Ghoulish crafters and scary builders ages 3 and older are invited to an afternoon of Halloween creativity and crafts! All materials will be provided at a first come, first serve basis at the Battery Park City Library on October 24.

Halloween Bash
Dress up your children as their favorite characters for an afternoon of spooky fun at the Brookfield Place Halloween Bash! Enjoy a costume catwalk, trick-or-treating at designated locations, LEGO Photo Ops with a colossal LEGO sculpture, Special movie screenings, and more at Brookfield Place on October 27.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at Westfield WTC
Head to the #ScaryGood Carnival on October 27 in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center for a great cause! Enter the life-size trick-or-treat box, go on a Scavenger Hunt or just enjoy all the fun activities while learning how kids get to help kids with the longest running fundraising campaign.

Dia de los Muertos
Enjoy a free day of crafts and dance the whole family will love in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Create paper skull masks, paper flowers, paint plaster skulls (calaveras), and decorate skeleton puppets.Traditional dances around the community ofrenda will be performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa to honor ancestors at the National Museum of the American Indian on October 27.

Hometown Halloween at Trinity Church
Head to Trinity Wall Street for a graveyard Halloween from 3-5 PM for free hot apple cider and photos. Kids also interact with historical characters from New York City’s past and can enter to win an iPod shuffle and iBoo speakers. Parents can then stay for a viewing of the silent film Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment from 7-8:30 PM.

Little Shops of Horrors Viewing
Prepare yourself for a night of chills and thrills with a director’s cut viewing of Little Shops of Horror at the Schimmel Center on October 30. Pre viewing activities begin at 6:30 PM.

Midsummer Night’s Dream at Castle Clinton

Classical theatre has arrived in Lower Manhattan!

You can now see a free outdoor performance at Castle Clinton National Monument in The Battery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from June 14-24, Thursdays -Sundays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Come and experience how the play was originally performed over 400 years ago during Shakespeare’s time. Enjoy the fresh air, waterfront views of Lady Liberty and a green setting while you experience a true time-honored performance.

Shakespeare Downtown’s cofounder and Artistic Director, Billie Andersson, and her staff have put together a wonderful show for the Lower Manhattan community. Tickets are free and available the day of the performance at the Castle starting at 6pm. Performances are always free, and serve an audience of up to 200 each night, creating a truly accessible Shakespeare in the park for Lower Manhattan!

Downtown Night At The Museums

Come and discover the rich culture and history that surrounds Lower Manhattan, all in one night, all within walking distance, all for FREE!

As part of the River to River Festival, 15 museums and cultural institutions will come together to bring you Night at the Museums. Enjoy free special programming, performances, exhibitions, and tours at some of the cities finest museums on Tuesday, June 19th from 4 – 8 PM. While there may not be a mischievous monkey or a t-rex chase, there is still room for adventure!

Participating institutions include:

African Burial Ground National Monument
China Institute
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Lower Manhattan Tours
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
National Archives at New York City
National Museum of the American Indian
National September 11 Memorial Museum
9/11 Tribute Museum
NYC Municipal Archives
Poets House
The Skyscraper Museum
South Street Seaport Museum

Governors Island Summer 2018 Events

Saturday, May 12 – NYC Holi Hai – Spring Color Festival
Saturday, May 19 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 1
Sunday, May 27 – Family Fun Day Festival
Friday, June 8: Free movie screenings of Escape from New York (John Carpenter), with The Road to Magnasanti (John Wilson)
Saturday, June 9 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 2
Sunday, June 10 – New York Harbor School Oyster Classic 5K
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 1
Saturday, June 23-Friday, June 29 – ARTs East New York (AENY) and TheHAND™ Presents The Gathering of Hands
Saturday, June 23 – FIGMENT participatory arts event
Sunday, June 24 – Porch Stomp Music Festival
Saturday, July 7 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 3
Friday, July 13 – Free movie screenings of Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman), with My Last Film (Zia Anger)
Friday, August 10 – Free movie screenings of Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman), with Review (Dustin Guy Defa)
Saturday, August 18 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 4
Saturday, August 25-Sunday, August 26 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 2
Friday, September 14 – Free movie screenings of The Last Dragon (Michael Shultz), with Hernia (Jay Giampietro)

Ferries run daily from Manhattan’s Maritime Building on South Street between 10AM-6PM during the week and 10AM-7PM on weekends. Governors Island will also have late night Fridays until 10PM from May 25-September 14. Round trip tickets are $3. The Island is currently offering free trips between now and May 6th and all summer long on weekend morning.

Lower Manhattan Hosts Battle Of The Best Brews

Come see Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden transform into a Winter Biergarten as the city’s top breweries compete in Best Brews of NYC, a five borough-wide contest of fine beers over the course of four weeks. Event goers and a jury of reputable beer connoisseurs will enjoy a competitive selection of potential prize-winning beers and come together to decide that week’s winner.

Make sure to join in for all the fun while helping support the city’s parks. 100% of all beer sales will be donated to New Yorkers for Parks‘ mission to build, protect, and promote parks and open spaces throughout New York City.

Best Brews of NYC takes place Thursdays 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15 in the Winter Garden 4 – 9 PM.
Free to attend, 21 and over only

Voyagez To LM For A Transporting Trunk Show

Volez to Lower Manhattan and for Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibit—unpacking soon!

Having debuted in Paris, Japan, and South Korea, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez (Fly, Sail, Journey)— Louis Vuitton is making its next stop at the former American Stock Exchange building (86 Trinity Place) in LM.

From October 27 to January 7, 2018, be sure to stop by and check out their array of trunks, steamer bags, and hundreds of signature pieces that cover 160 years of the luxury brand’s history. The ‘tree-to-trunk’ story reveals Louis Vuitton’s footsteps across the French forests to his arriving in Paris where he first trained as a box maker and packer and then started his own specialty trunk business in 1854. This exhibit will also include inspirations throughout its grand and lush span as well as new display elements focusing on the Americas.

Start the fall season off with some fun with this unique pop up event