City Pulse

By Mrinalini Kamath

You know that spring is here and summer’s not far behind when the street and park festivals start up. Here’s a brief rundown on some of the festivals taking place this coming weekend:

17th Annual Taste of Tribeca
Saturday, May 21, 11:30 – 3:00
Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson

Every year, a large number of chefs and restaurants in Tribeca participate in this annual food festival to raise money for arts and enrichment at Tribeca’s public schools. One ticket provides up to 6 tastes from among the 65 participating restaurants and chefs, which include top names like the Harrison, Bouley, Tribeca Grill, Blaue Gans, Landmarc, Plein Sud, the Odeon and Nobu. Several wine merchants will also be participating with tastings of their own. Kid Zone will be providing activities for children as well. Tickets are $45. For more information, see http://www.tasteoftribeca.com/

Parsons Festival Block Party
Saturday, May 21, 11:00 – 5:00
65 Fifth Avenue, NYC

If you’re looking to get arty this weekend, you might want to check out the block party held by Parsons School of Design at the New School. Exhibits include an interactive photo fashion booth, a large scale printmaking operation, street projects having to do with urban gardening and city planning, live jazz, solar housing demos, food samples from EATS, a community food initiative and more.

More info at: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/festival-events.aspx

Japan Block Fair
Sunday, May 22, 2011 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Park Avenue Between 39th and 40th Streets, NYC
Japan Day, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rumsey Playfield and Bandshell, Central Park

Japanophiles may want to head on over to this block fair that features food, crafts, costumes, theatre, music and dance performances from Japan. If this fair isn’t enough for you, you may also want to check out Japan Day in Central Park starting at 11 a.m., which in addition to a plethora of performances will include an origami workshop, photographs with Hello Kitty, a calligraphy workshop, a robot Sumo battle and a Japanese language workshop. Donations will go to tsunami and earthquake relief.

For more information see: http://japanblockfair.com/ and http://www.japandaynyc.org/

Agora LIC: Tasty Crafty Market
Saturday, May 21st from 11:00 – 5:00 (rain or shine)
St. Mary’s Lot (10-31 49th Avenue, Long Island City, between Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue)

If you’re into food, arts and crafts and the idea of spending the day in up-and-coming neighborhood Long Island City in Queens appeals to you, check out the Agora LIC Tasty Crafty Market. Sample handmade original arts and crafts and food from a variety of restaurants and vendors.

Check out the website: http://www.agoralic.com/tasty-crafty-fun/

Shop the Archway
The Archway, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 21st 11:00 – 6:00

If you’re looking for some original artwork to decorate your space, look no further than Shop the Archway Spring Market, a marketplace of carefully curated arts and crafts held under The Archway in one of the artsiest neighborhoods, DUMBO. Co-sponsored by Brooklyn Crafts Central and the Dumbo Improvement District, the Market provides arts, crafts and eats in a beautiful location.

For more information, see: http://www.bkcraftcentral.com/

Originally published May 2011
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