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Audience Directs Battery Park City Actors With Texts

The two actors wear corporate black suits and respond to text messages from the audience.

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

“The Attendants,” allows viewers to text instructions to actors and runs Thursday to Saturday in the Winter Garden.

An interactive performance that conveys the frustration of being trapped in a cubicle is opening this week in the World Financial Center
Called “The Attendants,” the installation features two people stuck in an 8-foot, plexiglass cube, acting out their responses to text messages from the audience. The two actors will wear corporate-looking black suits and will respond only physically, not with words.

“It speaks to the way we live now,” said Chance Muehleck, co-founder of The Nerve Tank, which is producing the show. “The way we’re connected, and yet the distance that exists with all the technology.”
From Thursday through Saturday, the clear cube — which has an open top to allow the actors to breathe — will sit in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, in the middle of one of the largest office complexes in the city.

“I think people will be intrigued by it,” said Debra Simon, artistic director of Arts World Financial Center. “I think they will be puzzled [at first] and then they will be intrigued.

Muehleck hopes the installation will attract tourists and residents in addition to the thousands of office workers who pass through the Winter Garden each day, because the more people interact with the cube, the more interesting it will be.

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This Weekend’s BPC Events

The coming weekend will be a busy one in B.P.C. On Fri., May 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the first of the year’s Sunset Singing Circles will take place in Wagner Park. Accompanied by guitars, people sit on the grass and sing folk songs and standards (song sheets provided) as the sun sets over the harbor. The event is free.

On Sat., May 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be the first of the season’s family dances on the Esplanade Plaza by North Cove Marina. The theme is “Bluegrass” and the Ebony Hillbillies, a band consisting of fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar and washboard, will provide the music. Don Coy, from Louisville, Ky., will teach square dancing steps and call the dances — no partners or experience needed.

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2011 River to River Festival in Battery Park City

The line-up for the 10th Annual River To River Festival has been announced, with free events being held at various locations along downtown New York City’s waterfront, including the World Financial Center, The Seaport, Battery Park City’s Rockefeller Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, and more. The festival runs June 19-July 16.

On Wednesday June 22 at 7pm, Battery Park City Authority will present Bottom Line – NY On My Mind, starring Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams, and more. The event will be hosted by Meg Griffin, and also feature Christine Lavin and Vin Scelsa reading NYC stories.

Rufus Wainwright will join New York City Opera singers, and pianist Kevin Murphy to perform excerpts from his opera Prima Donna, which will premiere at New York City Opera in spring 2012, as well as his favorite arias. The event will be held at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on June 28.

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World Financial Center Dishes Up Three Lunchtime Food Events

A sandwich from Quality Burger, which reopened Thursday on the World Financial Center plaza.


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The World Financial Center had three separate lunchtime culinary events on Thursday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the EAT World Financial Center Restaurant showcased more than a dozen of the building’s eateries in the Winter Garden, each selling tastes of their signature dishes for $5 or less.

The Grill Room offered a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry for $5, SouthWest NY will dish out pulled-pork sliders, two for $5, and Devon & Blakely sold a blackened chicken sandwich for $4. For dessert, Financier Patisserie offered a black and white mousse cake for $3, while Godiva Chocolatier will sell two chocolate-dipped strawberries for $5.

Thursday also marked the return of Ed’s Lobster Bar and Quality Burger, the food kiosks by the North Cove Marina that drew long lines when they debuted last summer.

This year, Ed’s will bring back its $15 lobster roll, $6 grilled shrimp skewers and $2 grilled corn on the cob, while Quality Burger will offer freshly seared cheeseburgers for $5.25 and loaded-up chilidogs for $3.75.

Within the next couple of weeks, a third kiosk will open: Fatty ‘Cue, an outpost of the popular Williamsburg barbecue joint by the same name.

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“Green Valentine’s Day” Workshop

via Downtown Express

After the success of its wreath-making workshop just before Christmas, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering a “Green Valentine Workshop” on Saturday, February 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Conservancy will supply recycled materials such as salvaged paper samples, old maps and postcards, cancelled postage stamps, dried flowers and bits of fabric and ribbons.

Participants are urged to bring something of their own to make their valentines more personal. The Conservancy suggests ticket stubs, matchbook covers, photographs and fabric remnants — or anything that is resonant and meaningful.

The holiday wreath-making workshop was striking for several reasons. For one thing, there were people of all ages from toddlers to grannies. Also, unlike store-bought wreaths, the wreaths were expressive and personal. They were adorned with elements that spoke to those who made them and to those who would receive them. The valentine workshop is likely to be equally satisfying.

The workshop, which will be held at 75 Battery Place, is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call (212) 267-9700, ext. 348 or 366 to register.

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Three Queens In NYC

In the next week three Queens will visit NYC and Battery Park City. Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the Cunard Line’s newest ship, Queen Elizabeth. All three ships will dock then later leave port and meet outside our windows near Lady Liberty for a fireworks display. If you would like to join the three queens firework display, Statue Cruises is offering a special “Three Queens Cruise” that evening at 5 p.m. leaving from Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey. For more information or to make reservations, go to www.StatueCruises.com. You can read the full story here.

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Merchants River House Coming To BPC

For 26 years we have known it as Steamers Landing in the Battery Park City esplanade between Liberty and Albany Streets but this January that will change. The restaurant will close on Jan. 2 and reopen as the Merchants River House on Jan. 17. The new resturant will be an American bistro complete with apitaziers, a cocktail menu and entrees from $10-18. You can read more here.

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Skating Rink In Battery Park

The W New York Downtown’s 5th floor terrace will be the newest host to ice skaters this season. They have build a small 12-foot-by-40-foot rink on the terrace which overlooks World Trade Center construction. It will be much smaller than the previous year’s 17,000-square-foot BPC rink but it will at least be a place to go ice skating locally. The rink will be open now through February. Read here for more information.

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Wreath Workshop in BPC

If you are in the mood to make some homemade holiday decorations join the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on Saturday (Dec. 11) from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. for a wreath decorating workshop. The conservancy will supply dried flowers, seeds, pinecones, ribbons, cinnamon sticks and other objects with which to decorate the wreaths. Some items for the wreaths will be gathered from the area to encourage participants to see how easy and abundant resources can be. Pre-Registration is required. To register, call 212-627-9700, ext. 348 or 366. You can read the full story here.

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Visiting Battery Park City

Many of us have had family or friends come in town to visit and of course on the top of almost al tourist attractions is going to Liberty Island. However, for locals we know standing in that long link snaking around Battery Park is not the perfect way to spend a New York afternoon. NYCTrip.com has a Statue of Liberty tour that grants instant access to the first ferry arriving at the dock when each tour group arrives. The NYCTrip.com tour is also granted access into the monument. So when your next relative come to visit. Save yourselves the line and book with NYCTrip.com, they will get the experience of Liberty Island and you wont waste half a day standing in Battery Park again. Full story here.

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