BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Built in 197 and having made its bones as a shipping and storage terminal, the long-dormant Pier 57 (at W. 15th St. in Hudson River Par) oened to the public on April 1 as a multi-tasking destination for those with a mind for the stomach (via a 15-kiosk, ground floor food hall) and the soul (via stunning views atop the rooftop park, open daily from 6am to 1am). Click here for our coverage of the culinary offerings. Read more about the rooftop park here.
Pier 57 also offers an emerging calendar of community programming—created in collaboration with educational and nonprofit organizations, and taking place in community spaces and classrooms on the ground floor. The lineup features programs from Pier 57 partners including the Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Coding Space, Counseling in Schools, MoMath, Smartworks, and Street Lab. For the events calendar, click here. Below, find details on some events being offered weekly through April—and expect more info on other activities as they make their debut.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts, a nonprofit organization focused on uniting children and artists to create and share works of art with their communities, brings a drop-in arts program to the Pier.
OPEN ARTIST STUDIO: Mon., April 3, 10, 17, 24 and Thurs., April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 3pm in the Daffodil Classroom | Led by the Museum’s Artists in Residence, “Open Studio” encourages mentorship and creative collaboration for young people with varying degrees of artistic exposure. Designed for children in grades 3-5. For more info on the Mon. Studio, click here. For more info on the Thurs. Studio, click here.
Smartworks, which designs and provides arts education programs to New York City 3K-12 students, will provide a series of art enrichment programs, including finger puppetry, pop-up card making for beginners, ukulele jam sessions for adults, and early childhood music development classes.
PUPPETRY SQUAD, Tues., April 4, 11, 19, 25 at 4pm in the Seahorse Classroom | Students create their own finger puppets, write scripts, design and build grand (finger puppet scale!) sets, and perform original productions for their classmates. Once they get a taste of NYC theater, don’t be surprised to find Squad members and their puppets on adventures throughout Pier 57… and beyond! Click here for more info.
UKULELE CLASS: Thurs., April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 6pm in the Seahorse Classroom | This adults-only class puts to rest that long-simmering regret at never having learned to play the ukulele. Join Rachel every week for a fun learning experience. Click here for more info.
MUSIKGARTEN: Tues., April 11, 18, 25 from 10:15am to 11:15am in the Seahorse Classroom| Rachel leads these Tuesday morning musical opportunities designed for babies and toddlers. Click here for more info.
Street Lab, a nonprofit that creates and shares programs for public space across New York City, will bring a wide range of programming to the Pier, including Draw NYC, a drop-in drawing studio; and Learn from the experts, short demonstrations, workshops, and displays to promote small organizations.
BUILD NYC: Wed., April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2pm in the Living Room | This all-ages interactive activity from Street Lab uses playful materials and challenges to explore diverse works of architecture, design, engineering, and construction. For more info, click here.
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