The 8th anniversary of September 11, 2001 has become not only a day of remembrance, but a national day of service as well. There are commemorative concerts and ceremonies throughout the city, as well as opportunities for community service. Please get involved. The remainder of the weekend can be spent at the various NY400 events or the many Historic House Festival activities going on throughout the entire city.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11
September 11th Commemorative Concert
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
The British Memorial Garden Trust, in conjunction with The September Concert Series, presents a free memorial concert on September the 11th 2009 in The British Garden, Hanover Square, New York.
Featuring acclaimed British tenor Russell Watson, Steve O’Connor, the children from The British International School, New York, New York Pipes and Drums, and the Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band.
September 11th Remembrance
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
The Alice Austen House Museum and the Staten Island Firefighters will host the annual Remembrance of September 11 in honor of the 343 brothers who lost their lives. The ceremony will be held on the front lawn overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Admission is free! The Alice Austen House Museum is located at 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. Call 718-816-4506 for more information.
September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
This year we commemorate the first September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 inspired Americans to come together in a remarkable spirit of unity and compassion. It was a stark reminder that our fate as individuals is inherently tied to the fate of our nation. Eight years later, September 11 continues to evoke strong emotion and is an homage to sacrifice and a call to action.
In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which, for the first time, officially recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, on September 11, the President, the Corporation for National and Community Service, MyGoodDeed and the 9/11 families will ask all Americans to remember that Tuesday eight years ago and recommit to service in their communities throughout the year. We encourage you to continue to promote service by commemorating this milestone through the United We Serve initiative. Visit www.serve.gov for service opportunities in your community.
30th Anniversary of the Richmond County Fair
2:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Amusement rides, music, entertainment, arts & crafts competitions, contests and more! This year, Historic Richmond Town’s Fair will have longer hours, which means more fun for your entire family. Also new this year will be the AWE Zone featuring the AWE rock stage. Pay one price, Saturday & Sunday; adults $15, seniors $10, and children 34” and under are free! Historic Richmond Town is located at 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island. Visit www.historicrichmondtown.org for more information.
New Island Festival; Thurs., Sept. 10 – Sun., Sept. 13 & Thurs, Sept. 17– Sun., Sept. 20.
Governors Island – Take the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building located adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan. Direct from Holland, the festival includes concerts, DJ sets, provocative theatre and dazzling visual arts by world-class Dutch performers. Check out the U.S. premiere of Silent Disco – a joyous dance party where all the participants wear headphones. More than 100 artists are expected to perform at the Festival. Visit www.newislandfestival.com for more details, festival hours and directions.
New Amsterdam Village; Fri., Sept 4 – Sun., Sept. 13, 11am-7pm
Bowling Green Park, bet. Broadway and Beaver Street
Check out replicas of the traditional houses of New Amsterdam, a life size windmill and outdoor podium. Experience Dutch crafts, such as wooden shoe making, Delft blue painting and glass blowing. Sample traditional Dutch foods such as cheese, herring and ‘dollar’ pancakes, and purchase Dutch flower bulbs.
Bike NYC — Ride Dutch Bike for Free; Tues., Sept. 8 – Sat., Sept. 12, 11am-7pm
Bowling Green Park, bet. Broadway and Beaver Street
Bright orange NY400 bicycles will be available to the public to ride for free on a limited basis during NY400 week until Saturday evening. Experience the typical Dutch way to get around town and ride your Dutch bike to NY400 week events.
Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid Opens Thurs. Sept. 10
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan
In honor of NY400, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has loaned Vermeer’s most admired work—The Milkmaid—to the Met. It’s the first time The Milkmaid has been in the U.S since the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Several other paintings by Vermeer and fellow Dutch masters round out the exhibition.
Arrival of the Fleet of Dutch Barges; Thurs., Sept. 10 – Sun. Sept. 13, late afternoon
Yankee Pier, Governors Island
17 leeboard vessels—not much different from the ones Henry Hudson and his crew used in exploring New York Harbor— will arrive at Yankee Pier on Governors Island. The boats will be at the pier through Harbor Day. (for viewing only)
Pioneers of Change
Governors Island Fri., Sept. 11, 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., Sept 12-13, 10am-6:15pm, Fri., Sept. 18, 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun, Sept 19-20, 10am-6:15pm
Henry Hudson’s exploration paved the way for great change, and today’s Dutch artists, designers and architects are doing the same. This event—held in and around eleven Officer houses at Nolan Park—highlights the creative repair, recycling and re-use of discarded building materials, along with other innovative approaches to sustainable living. For more details visitwww.pioneersofchange.com.
Summer on the Hudson: GlobeSonic Sound System Dance Party
7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Join hundreds of partygoers in celebrating the 5th anniversary of our GlobeSonic on the Hudson open-air summer dance parties, and dance the night away with the GlobeSonic Sound System DJs. Dance Party takes place at Pier I at Riverside Park South. Call (212) 408-0219 for more information.
82nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Thursday, September 10, 2009 through Sunday, September 20, 2009; Mulberry Street between Canal Street & Houston Street.
Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy. Visit www.sangennaro.org for more information.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
Flying Dutchman Sailing Race; Sat., Sept. 12, 10am-2pm & 3-4pm
South of Governors Island
Best viewed from southern tip picnic area on Governors Island.*
Sixty sailboats, representing 14 countries, compete in championship races. *Course will vary based on wind conditions. Visit www.ny400.org for daily updates.
Open House – Royal Netherlands Navy and NATO Ships Sat., Sept. 12, 10am-3pm
Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Piers 7 & 8
Explore royal Netherlands naval frigates and NATO ships and enjoy live music from the Royal Netherlands Navy Band during this “open decks open house.”
Replica of the Onrust Sat., Sept. 12 & Sun., Sept. 13 , 11am-5pm
South Street Seaport Museum, Pier 16
The Onrust was the first Dutch-built trading and exploration vessel in America, constructed in 1614 by Captain Adriaen Block and his crew after their original ship burned. Volunteers will demonstrate how the crew survived by using local resources and shipbuilding skills.
ING presents Dutch Dance DJ Event; Sat. Sept. 12. 2pm-5pm
NY Water Taxi Beach, Governors Island
Dutch DJ supplies the tunes and the Manhattan skyline is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable day of dancing. Pre-registration is required; check www.newislandfestival.com for more details beginning September 6.
Henry Hudson Puppet Show
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
It’s September 12, 1609 – exactly 400 years ago – and Henry Hudson, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to find a northern route to India, sails up an unexplored river on the North American continent. On his 150-mile journey up the river, Hudson fails to discover a passageway to the Orient, but he is the first person to map the shoreline and describe the landscape along this other route. In the estuary of the river, which will be named after him some years later, he passes by a lush island, called Mannahatta by the local people, the Lenape.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s voyage, the Central Park Conservancy has invited Arm of the Sea Theater to perform their most current play, Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson and the River that Discovered Him, on the Great Hill. Based on his ship’s log and the oral histories of the Lenape and Mohican peoples, Mutual Strangers tells the story of this world-changing voyage from many points of view.
Arm of the Sea Theater combines stunning visuals and live music to harness the transformational energy of mask & puppet theatre. Come and experience an important part of New York’s history narrated and illustrated with the unique, large-scale puppets of Arm of the Sea Theater.
Program takes place on the Great Hill. Enter Central Park at West 106th Street. For more information, please call (212) 860-1370, visit www.centralparknyc.org/clearing.
Fitness Mind, Body, Spirit Games
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Come be a part of the fun! Register for the eighth annual Fitness® Mind, Body, Spirit Games. All runners, walkers, and supporters of the event are welcome to visit the fitness Magazine Mind, Body, Spirit Lounge located on Center Road before and after the event for free samples, WNBA clinics, classes and demonstrations, exciting giveaways, free gift bags, and more! Event takes place in Central Park. Call 212-860-4455 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike New York’s Savvy Cyclist
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Bike New York’s free full-day class teaches how to “drive” a bicycle with confidence on busy urban streets. The course includes classroom and outdoor portions and explains rules of the road plus how to perform a bike safety check, fix a flat tire, avoid road hazards, and much more.
This is for adults and mature teens that know how to ride. Pre-registration required at www.BikeNewYork.org/education. Class takes place at the ARROW Recreation Center (35-30 35th Street), Queens.
Brooklyn Bridge Swim
9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m
Usually we swim alongside a coastline, sometimes around islands, but rarely do we get to cross a channel. This is an opportunity to swim from Manhattan across the East River to Brooklyn, in the shadow of the most famous bridge in the world. To add to the allure, teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan will compete in the Battle of the Bridge. If you’re not a swimmer but want to be part of the action, enroll as an event volunteer. www.nyrr.org for more information.
Special Tour: Called by the Bell – View the Servants’ Quarters
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
In honor of the second annual Historic House Trust Festival and New York Heritage Weekend, the Merchant’s House will open its fourth floor servants’ quarters – usually off limits to visitors – for tours. Come climb the narrow steps to see where the family’s Irish maids lived and did some of their work. On Saturday only, costumed interpreters will be on hand to demonstrate mid-19th century baking and other household chores. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival. The Merchant’s House Museum is located at 29 East Fourth Street in Manhattan. Visit www.merchantshouse.com.
2nd Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival
12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Fall Festival celebrates the ethnically and culturally diverse population of this Brooklyn neighborhood. There will be music, crafts, antiques, international foods, face painting, and rides for the kids. Free to attend. To get to the Human Compass Garden at 207-209 Columbia Street, take the F train to Carroll Street, exit near Smith & President streets. Start out going west on President Street, towards Court. Turn right onto Hicks, turn left onto Sackett Street Garden on corner of Sackett & Columbia.
30th Anniversary of the Richmond County Fair
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Amusement rides, music, entertainment, arts & crafts competitions, contests and more! This year, Historic Richmond Town’s Fair will have longer hours, which means more fun for your entire family. Also new this year will be the AWE Zone featuring the AWE rock stage. Pay one price, Saturday & Sunday; adults $15, seniors $10, and children 34” and under are free! Historic Richmond Town is at 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island. Go to www.historicrichmondtown.org for more information.
Performance: Peter Pan & Adventures in Never Land
City Parks Foundation presents Peter Pan & Adventures in Never Land, a musical marionette production. Reservations required: (212) 988-9093. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival. The marionette theater is located in Central Park at 79th Street and West Drive. Cost is $8 adults, $5 children.
Crossing the Line 2009
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Crossing the Line 2009 opens with Le Bal NYC, a dance party/picnic in Central Park’s East Meadow. Leading choreographers from France, including Germaine Acogny, Odile Duboc, Latifa Laâbissi, and Olivier Dubois present a fresh new take on the bal populaire, creating short dances to be taught section by section to the public.
Simultaneously, Omnivore New York, a brigade of innovative master chefs from both France and New York, reinvent the idea of the picnic. Local produce and artisanal goods will be available for tasting, in addition to samples of Crossing the Line Bento Boxes bringing together elements by Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, Michel Bras, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne. Bring your own picnic, and join us for this free, family-friendly celebration in the park. Share your culinary creativity with the Omnivore chefs, and you could even win a prize! East Meadow is at Fifth Avenue and 99th Street in Central Park.
Documentary: Five Black Artists in 19th Century America
In honor of Lewis H. Latimer’s being a renaissance man (he was adept in the visual, performing, and literary arts), the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will be hosting an open house and presenting the independently produced documentary, Five Black Artists In 19th Century America. The film features the work of Robert Scott Duncanson, Edmonia Lewis, Edward Bannister, Joshua Johnson, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The musical soundtrack is the work of 19th century African American composers. Light refreshments will be available. Seating is limited to 30. Reservations are suggested. The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum is located at 34-41 137th Street, Queens. Call 718-961-8585 for more information.
Performance: Artichoke Dance Company – Recession Dances in Washington Park
Recession Dances is a fun, provocative take on swing dance that challenges everything from space to gender roles. Join the artists at the Old Stone House, Fifth Avenue at 3rd Street, Brooklyn, for a workshop prior to the performance. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival. Visit www.theoldstonehouse.org for more information.
Riverside Park Oyster Festival
3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, beer, great food and live music all day at the Hudson Beach Cafe. Admission is free; food and drink can be purchased.
Musical acts for the day include: The Creamsicles, Mary O’Dowed, the Neely Bridges Band, and Enda Keegan. There will also be children’s performers, face painting, and a clown. It will be a great day for the entire family. We hope you’ll come out and enjoy a beautiful day on the river with us! Hudson Beach Café is in Riverside Park at 105th Street (lower level).
Lecture: The Invisible Irish
If someone, in 1860, asked Maria Bartow who lived in her house she would have answered her husband and three of her children; a total of five people. But six other people also lived in the Bartow-Pell Mansion. These individuals cooked and cleaned and were almost invisible to the Maria and others of her class. Who were they? What did they do and how did they live? Join Doug Hearle as he discusses the household staff—all from a country suffering from famine and a disintegrating culture. Reservations requested; please call (718) 885-1461 or email email@example.com. The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is at 895 Shore Road, Bronx. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival. Cost is $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 6-17. Call (718) 885-1461 for more information.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Play Ball! Vintage Baseball at Washington Park
Enjoy a series of baseball games according to 1864 rules with the NY Gothams, Brooklyn Atlantics and Newark Eurekas. Here’s the schedule: 11 a.m.: NY Gothams vs. Brooklyn Atlantics?1 p.m.: Brooklyn Atlantics vs. Newark Eurekas?3 p.m.: Newark Eurekas vs. NY Gothams. Come cheer on your favorite team! Located at the Old Stone House 3rd Street between 4rh & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival.
29th Annual Motorcycle Show at the Queens Farm Museum
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
This show will include a display of various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more. Trophies will be awarded! Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, a petting zoo, and food will provide fun for the entire family. This event is at the Queens County Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Parkway).
Special Tour: Gracie Mansion
Tours of this 1799 country house—home to New York City mayors since 1942—are usually not offered on the weekends, making this is a special treat for people who can’t make the regular Wednesday tour hours. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Reservations required: HistoricHouseTrust@parks.nyc.gov. Free (usually $4-7). Located in Carl Schurz Park at 88th Street and East End Avenue. For more info call (212) 360-8282.
Summer on the Hudson: 7th Annual West Side County Fair
1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a little country right here in Manhattan and celebrate the change of seasons with carnival rides and games, music, square dancing, sideshow performers, a petting zoo, a greenmarket, and more! Visit the “Green Acre” environmental corner, with hands-on activities for kids about environmental awareness, green living, and animal care. The Fair takes place at Riverside Park South. Call (212) 408-2019 for more information.
Music at the Dyckman Farmhouse
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Tour the house and sit on the back porch to listen to harp and flute music by the Hudson Heights Duo. From classical to Celtic to pop, Washington Heights residents Bill and Margaret Sneddon make beautiful music together. Dyckman Farmhouse is at 4881 Broadway and 204th Street, Manhattan. House admission: $1 adults, free for children 10 & under; Garden & Back Porch: Free. This event is part of the Historic House Trust‘s 2nd Annual Historic House Festival.
Theater for the New City’s Street Theater Tour: Tally Ho!, or Navigating the Future
2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
This is your last chance to see Theater for the New City’s award-winning Street Theater Company’s “Tally Ho!, or Navigating the Future” a rip-roaring musical which tours City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 13. The production, free to all New Yorkers, has book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field and musical score composed by David Tice.
ABOUT TNC STREET THEATER: TNC’s award-winning Street Theater always contains an elaborate assemblage of trap doors, giant puppets, smoke machines, masks, original choreography and a huge (9′ x 12′) running screen or “cranky” providing continuous movement behind the actors. The company of 27 actors, twelve crew members, two assistant directors and five live musicians shares the challenge of performing outside and holding a large, non-captive audience. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Gilbert & Sullivan. Complex social issues are often presented through children’s allegories, with children as the heroes, making these free productions a popular form of family entertainment.
ABOUT THE SHOW: ?The piece will be written dynamically as events of state and the world unfold. Please visit http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/street.htm for more information. This final production will take place at Abe Lebewohl Park, East 10th Street Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
An Autumn Overlook Concert
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Riverside Park Fund presents this free concert with the Manhattan School of Music’s Outreach Brass Quintet. Featuring traditional, patriotic and contemporary music for brass instruments. Concert takes place in Riverside Park at the 116th Street Overlook.
Harbor Day; Sun., Sept. 13
Festivities span six major waterfront sites — The Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor – all linked by free rental bikes and hop-on/hop-off boat service. At each site, food, drink, entertainment and activities will commemorate this special moment in New York City history. Highlights include: a flotilla of modern and historic Dutch and American yachts and sailing vessels, an Oyster Festival, Harmony on the Hudson – a family music festival, children’s bike clinics at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn Flea under the Manhattan Archway, kayaking, paddle boating, and much more. Check www.nycgo.com/harborday for times and updates.
New Amsterdam: The Island at the Center of the World; Opens Sun. Sept. 13, 10am-6pm
South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street, bet. Front and Water Streets, Manhattan
Presented in conjunction with the Dutch National Archives, the exhibit includes the 1626 letter that notes the purchase of Manhattan for goods worth 60 guilders. Also, examine rare maps, plans and watercolors of what would become NYC, many of which have never before been seen in the United States.