Astor Place is constantly in motion. The nexus point of an exciting, young, vibrant and artistic community where East and West Villages meet. Historically a transient space, the newly reconstructed Astor Place boasts year-round public open space and cultural activities that establish it as the heart of the neighborhood.
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Public Forum: CIVIC SALON
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
In a climate of divisiveness and seclusion, Public Forum is opening its doors to invite audiences to join them every month for Civic Salons: a monthly brunchtime gathering where we can come together in the spirit of community to nurture our minds and our bodies. Each month will feature a different theme and different participants who will bring readings,...
Save The Village Tours: East Village/St. Marks
1 Astor Place
If Greenwich Village is the historic home of the counterculture, then the East Village can be called famous for its off-the-counter culture. On this tour, see where Chicago 8 defendant Jerry Rubin paraded down St. Mark's Place with a machine gun; the former Polish catering hall where the Velvet Underground played its first gigs under manager Andy Warhol (and...
Zero Waste Design Guidelines Exhibition
The Center for Architecture will host an exhibition curated by journalist Andrew Blum that will look beyond the guidelines and explore the challenges and opportunities latent during a particular segment of the lifecycle of trash: the brief period between when we release it from our hands and it rolls away on the back of a truck. The exhibition, on view from June 14...
The Worlds Tallest Rhino Sculpture is coming to Astor Place!
The world’s favorite rhino is facing his final days. His name is Sudan, and he’s the planet’s last male Northern White Rhino. Soon, his species could be gone forever...but two internationally renowned artists are determined to make sure his plight won’t be in vain. Husband-and-wife artistic duo – Gillie and Marc – have teamed up with the Village Alliance, NYC DOT...
On this Day in 1854 - The Astor Library Opened!
Fun Fact! On this day in 1854 the Astor Library opened in what is now the The Public Theater. The library initially opened as a reference library, meaning no books could be taken from the building for any purpose! On opening day the library was filled with between 80,000 and 90,000 volumes covering linguistics, sciences and history, all purchased at a cost of about $...
Lafayette Street Officially Co-named "Joseph Papp Way"
The intersection of Lafayette Street and Astor Place was this morning officially co-named Joseph Papp Way, honoring the late Joseph Papp, founder of The Public Theater. When you pass by, look up at the new street sign and thank Joe Papp for the massive legacy he left our city! The co-naming honors the late founder of the The Public Theater, which is celebrating the...
Thousands “Turn on, tune in, drop out” at the Second Astor Alive Festival!
“Turn on, tune in, drop out”, was the phrase that came to symbolize the counterculture movement of musicians, actors, and activists which emerged during the 1967 “Summer of Love”. That same year, the iconic “Alamo” sculpture, “the Cube”, arrived at Astor Place, the revolutionary Public Theater opened, and St. Mark’s Place became New York’s epicenter of counterculture...