An Open Boulevards ‘Kickoff’ at 107th and Columbus Ave

Free outdoor entertainment will be taking place on Saturday at 107th and Columbus Avenue as part of the City’s Open Boulevards initiative.

Open Boulevards was created as an expansion to Open Streets, with the purpose of “transform[ing] city streets into cultural destinations for New Yorkers and visitors.”

There’s now a non-profit called OpenCultureWORKS which is “partner[ing] with artists, arts groups, and cultural organizations to bring live performing arts programs and events to streets, parks, plazas, and other public spaces.” Joining forces with the non-profit is architecture and design firm Rockwell Group; TAIT, a global leader in design, engineering and manufacturing for live events; and Moët Hennessy USA.

Open Boulevards_Rendering Credit Rockwell Group

… OpenCultureWORKS will be bringing these live performances to the ten Open Boulevards, and the kickoff event will be taking place on the UWS (in partnership with the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District).


Here’s the schedule for Saturday, July 10:

2:00pm Mambembe NY
2:30pm Welcome Speeches
3:00pm Keith Nelson from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
3:30pm Its Showtime NYC!
4:00pm Jody Sperling Time Lapse Dances
5:00pm: Sonido Costeno

More of these events will be taking place through October at these locations:

Open Boulevards

“As the city’s vaccination rate increases, and we experience a revival of our communities, Open Boulevards will further support surrounding restaurants & businesses within these neighborhoods,” a press release states. More shows will be announced soon.

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