As part of Water Day, join us at Pier 42 for an afternoon of family friendly activities that include art performances and installations, and hands-on science projects. At the pier, you’ll also have the chance to meet the artists and designers who have created with neighborhood residents this year’s Path to Pier 42 large-scale art installations and participatory community projects.

So, pack a picnic (or bring recipes for the Fish Stories Community Cookbook), head over to Pier 42, and get ready to have some fun!

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hester Street Collaborative

Saturday, July 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
a
t Pier 42

Pier 42 is located along the East River between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The temporary park site is on the south side of the FDR Drive with entrances from the East River Greenway at Montgomery Street and through Corlears Hook Park at Cherry Street. The nearest subway station is the F train at East Broadway.

 

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Combo Colab: Drumreef Watercycle
In their second year at Pier 42, designers Carolina Cisneros and Mateo Pinto of Combo Colab are building a new installation from multiple re-purposed rain barrels that can be used to climb, look out, rest, play and explore new connections to the river and the park. Drumreef Watercycle will provide shade, seating, and water features including rain water collection and a pedal-powered water pump for cooling and irrigation. Independent rain collectors will also be installed at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Stephanie Diamond: Pier Ambassadors Walking Tours
Pier Ambassadors Walking Tours is an art and education project created by artist Stephanie Diamond, partnering with Vision Urbana, sound artist Jim Mattingly and youth leaders from the Lower East Side. Over the course of ten weeks, six middle school students participated in workshops that built their skills in storytelling, public speaking and audio recording to create audio and walking tours of the neighborhood leading to Pier 42.

Pier Ambassadors: Ethan Justiniano, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez, Zachary Quintero, Zion Quintero, Dylan Rivera

Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative

Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens: Fish Stories Community Cookbook
Fish Stories Community Cookbook is a collection of seafood recipes, local histories, stories and drawings alongside ecological information contributed by people who live and work in the Lower East Side. The book is being compiled for Paths to Pier 42 and will be distributed at the Pier 42 Fall Waterfront Celebration on October 25, 2015.

Partners: GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), Hamilton Madison House, Lower East Side Ecology Center, New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Weinberg Center for Balanced Living at the Manny Cantor Center, and others.

Leroy Street Studio: Water’s Edge Canopy
Building on two years of past work as Pier 42 site advisors, Leroy Street Studio (LSS) is creating a space that captures the power of the park’s waterfront. LSS is collaborating on the Pier with Henry Street Settlement’s GED Program at the Boys and Girls Republic to explore specific uses and how the sun, sound, wind and views can play a part in the design of an outdoor learning and gathering space near the water’s edge.

Partner: Henry Street Settlement

 

All-Day Events (2-6PM)

Meet the 2015 artists and designers and experience their installations in the park! |
Artists Combo Colab (Carolina Cisneros and Mateo Pinto), Stephanie Diamond, Meredith Drum & Rachel Stevens and Leroy Street Studio will be on site, leading workshops and activities.

Fish Stories Community Cookbook

Share your favorite seafood recipe, and draw fish that swim through our city waters! Organized by artists Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens.

Fishing Clinics with Lower East Side Ecology Center
Join us for a catch-and-release fishing clinic! Bait and tackle will be provided (or bring your own), plus basic fishing instruction and other activities to explore the estuary.

Fishing Clinics are free and open to the public, thanks to support from NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Materials are limited, so first come first served.

Citizen Science Activities with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
The Albedo Effect: How do sunlight and surface reflectivity affect climate change locally and globally? Learn about the albedo effect through family-friendly science experiments to keep it cool or heat it up!
Water Testing: How safe is our water? Use sample chemistry and biology to determine the health of the water at Pier 42.

Popsicles by City Sticks: free for the first 50 kids!

3PM    Opening Remarks
Hear from artists, Paths to Pier 42 partners and local supporters about what’s happening on the Pier, what to expect in the future, and how to get involved.

4PM    Shore of Hope – Part II
Enjoy arts activities for all ages, including a calligraphy workshop and movement exploring the themes of Water and Immigration (for ages 7 and up).

Participating artists: HT Chen and Dancers, Carolyn Hall, Megan Kendzior, Michael Leibenluft, Shirley Luo, Emily Teng, and Lu Yu with the Open Door Senior chorus

Water + Im/migration activities are part of iLAB East River, a collaboration between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and iLAND – interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance.

4:30PM  The Urban Backstage: CSO Theater

Join one of three walking and talking performances about the city and its relationship to water:
Travel from Pier 42 to the East River Amphitheater, where ideas about what’s hidden –under our city, and in ourselves– can take to the stage.

Location: Meet at the Paths to Pier 42 welcome tent at 4:20

Participating artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, Rachel Stevens.

The Urban Backstage activities are part of iLAB East River, a collaboration between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and iLAND – interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance.

 

Off-Site Events: Walking and talking explorations to and from Pier 42

1PM    Pier Ambassadors Listening Party and Walk
Starts at Primitive Church, 209 E Broadway at Clinton Street, lower level 

Never been to Pier 42? Join a celebratory walking tour through the LES and to Pier 42 with artist Stephanie Diamond and the 2015 Pier Ambassadors: six middle-school students who spent ten weeks exploring the Lower East Side to create a tour that tells their own stories.

Pier Ambassadors: Zion Quintero, Zachary Quintero, Ethan Justiniano, Dylan Rivera, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez

Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative

2PM    The Urban Backstage: Collect Pond Park performance
Starts at the southern end of Collect Pond Park

The first of three linked walking and talking performances about the city and its relationship to water.

Visit the place where Collect Pond used to be, and imagine the city when it was the primary source of fresh drinking water –and a place of leisure and escape.

Participating artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, Rachel Stevens.

2:45PM   The Urban Backstage: Wreck Brook / East River Walk
Starts at Foley Square

The second of three linked walking and talking performances about the city and its relationship to water. Walk the former site of the Old Wreck Brook from Foley Square to the East River, up to Pier 42, exploring the links between natural water systems and engineering systems.

Participating artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, Rachel Stevens.

4:30PM  The Urban Backstage: CSO Theater
Starts at the Pier 42 welcome tent

The last of three walking and talking performances about the city and its relationship to water.

Travel from Pier 42 to the East River Amphitheater where ideas about what’s hidden –under our city, and in ourselves– take to the stage. 

Participating artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, Rachel Stevens.

The Urban Backstage activities are part of iLAB East River, a collaboration between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and iLAND – interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance.

Paths to Pier 42 is a project of Good Old Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, in close partnership with the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Paths to Pier 42 is realized in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, State Assembly Member Sheldon Silver, and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez.

Support for Paths to Pier 42 is provided by Ameriprise Financial, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Con Edison, Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS Health Foundation, North Star Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Surdna Foundation, WABC-TV, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

Materials are provided by Solar One and Build It Green.