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Astor Alive! A HUGE Success

Astor Alive! Video Highlights 2016Astor Alive! Video Highlights 2016

The first ever Astor Alive! Festival was a raging success, bringing together 21 local theaters and performing arts organizations, and over 20,000 New Yorkers to celebrate the redesign of Astor Place and its four new pedestrian plazas!

4 different stages of song, dance, theater, and spoken word peformances made Astor Alive! the biggest cultural event ever seen at Astor Place, all while embodying the 5 historical themes of Astor Place: Theater for All, Alternative Cultures and Radical Politics, Thinkers and Writers, Immigrant Populations, and Architectural Frontiers. The entirely local performing arts lineup included incredible talent from legendary cultural powerhouses like Blue Man GroupThe Public Theater, Joe's PubLa MaMa E.T.C., PeridanceNew York Theater Workshop, & so much more!

The festival kicked off on Friday evening with a glamorous cabaret on the Alamo Stage. New York Theater Workshop drew hundreds to Astor Place with pieces of their rambunctious street theater show, followed by an exciting and diverse set from La MaMa E.T.C. As Joe's Pub took the stage, jaws dropped when Tony Award-winner and original Cabaret star Alan Cumming performed a mashup of Adele, Katie Perry and Lady Gaga followed by MX Justin Vivian Bond. Lance Horne and the Downtown Collective brought the evening to a close, as the fun was only just beginning. 

Saturday was a whirlwind of movement, music, poetry, creativity, and above all excitement for the thousands of people experiencing Astor Place in a whole new way. Zumba with New York Health and Racquet Club pumped up the crowd while mini-spinning cube craft workshops brought fun to the whole family. Performers ranging from Broadway stars Shaina Taub and Nicky James presented by the Public Theater to the students of Cooper Union and Grace Church School dazzled audiences and breathed life into the many spaces of Astor Place! 

The Astor Alive! Grand Procession was the riveting culmination of the truly incredible day. Giant puppets covered in East Village images, huge spinning Alamo cubes, Brazilian drummers, and performers took to the streets around Astor Place thanks to the mastery of the Processional Arts Workshop. Anyone and everyone joined in to walk side-by-side these amazing performance groups and fantastic puppet figures. Last but not least, the Blue Man Group conducted a spectacular finale with streamers blasting into the air and the booming of their gigantic drum!

Astor Alive! and its wild success reminded us all of the power of performance to bring people and communities together. We don't have to simply pass through space, we don't need to rush through life. We can take a step back and embrace the art and history that surrounds us, we can see the city in a fresh light every day. The new Astor Place, much like New York, itself has changed in so many ways, but it's the power of the diverse and talented people in our neighborhood that will forever bring it to life!

Our sincere thanks to all the theaters and performing arts groups who performed at Astor Alive! and included -

Joe's Pub at The Public

Blue Man Group

Bowery Poetry Club

Rod Rodgers Dance Company

The Public Theater

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

The Cooper Union

Lawrence Rush

Bowery Poetry Club

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

The New York Health & Racquet Club

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Rod Rodgers Dance Company

St. John's University Mixed Chorus

Grace Church School

Playwrights Horizons Theater School

Danspace Project 

Astor Alive! was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors - 

Vornado Realty Trust

Newmark Holdings

The Standard


Town Residential 


NoHo Bowery Stakeholders

New York University

The Cooper Union


TD Bank

The Astor Alive! festival was produced by CityActivators, Executive Producer - Karin Bacon 

Astor Alive! A HUGE Success


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