Greenwich Village’s favorite street festival, Positively 8th Street, returned last Saturday for an afternoon celebrating West 8th Street’s creative and musical heritage, it’s businesses and institutions. Check out the full photo gallery here!
The festival provides the thriving independent businesses and institutions of West 8th Street the unique opportunity to expand into the street, while bars and restaurants including the Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor, Amelie, Loring Place, Analogue, Ardyn, Existing Conditions and many more all created colorful outdoor gardens.
Live music is always a highlight of Positively 8th Street and there was an impressive line-up of Village favorites. Legendary musician and local resident Richard Barone headlined the festival with a ninety-minute set reflecting the Village folk revival. Performing alongside Richard Barone were special guests Steve Adabbo, author/musician Mary Lee Kortes, blues/rocker Radiator King, and percussionist, singer/songwriter Candy John Carr.
Other music performers included Washington Square Park and Village favorites, Coyote and Crow with their evocative mix of old time Rock'n'Soul, Americana Roots-Rock, and Blues-grass, alongside, the Angry Kickin Feet who had revelers up and dancing with string of rock favorites. Rounding out the day were Lawrence Rush and the Underground Harmony.
The New York Studio School took art and creativity onto the street, offering free life drawing sessions, leading a flow of creativity across West 8th Street with curious minds, young and old to creating, drawing, and building.
For kids there was creative fun at every turn! The Scribble Art Workshop offered quirky opportunities for sensory play, collaborative collage and wall-hanging creation using ribbons, strings, yarn and scrap fabric.
The Textile Arts Center demonstrated the versatility of textiles and fabrics in creating art, which included yarning and fabric dying demonstrations. For those wanting to be on the receiving end of creativity there was free face painting and caricature drawings, leading to some jovial and hilarious outcomes!
Play:Ground NYC, the folks behind the legendary Governors Island adventure playground created a pop-up adventure playground where kid’s (and some grown up’s) were able to create, play, destroy and explore resulting in unique creations made from cardboard, string, tape markers and even a giant old fabric mural!! All the while beautiful, sparkling bubbles silently glided above the heads of revelers, courtesy of Bubble Dad!
Amid the vibrant sights and sounds, visitors had the opportunity to reflect and think about their own life stories, and read those of others with the Strangers Project. Over 35,000 anonymous handwritten stories have been collected by the Strangers Project, which has become a Positively 8th Street favorite.
Community cohesion is always a central theme of the festival and this year was no exception with the Washington Square Park Conservancy, Neighbor to Neighbor, Village Preservation, the Neighborhood Preservation Center and National Park Alliance all joining the event, providing information about their community advocacy, mission and programs.
Thanks to all those who participated and visited, making it a colorful vibrant day that celebrate the rich vitality and diversity West 8th Street. Relive the sights of the day with our photos!
Photo credits: Kat Stewart & Will Lewis