International Flavors Abound: At the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

NYC is deliciously diverse: With over 800 languages spoken in the city!

We are particularly fond of our place in the mix: Waterside may be the most international housing in Manhattan – with residents from over 62 countries.

And nowhere is the international flavor of of the city more obvious than in the abundance of amazing food around.

For one of the best bets to sample the most variety, head over to the upcoming Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.

(All photos from ninthavenuefoodfestival.com )

It’s one the oldest – and largest – food festivals in the city.

“The 15-block gastronomic extravaganza features cuisine from Greece, Brazil, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Ukraine, Thailand and everywhere in between, with music and dancing to match,” describes The Citiview.

Woman dancing at the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

The event takes place on Saturday May 19, 2018 and Sunday May 20, 2018, 10AM to 6PM, on Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street.

Just take the M34A from Waterside to 43rd Street & 9th Avenue, and you’re there!
All ready to party – and partake.

HOME: Send Us What It Means to You!

We’ve had some wonderful submissions for our HOME project – and we’re excited to see more!

To recap:  This year, we’re celebrating our truly unique New York City community – and the young artists who live there – with HOME: A Waterside Plaza Project in Pictures & Words.

We’re featuring art from resident children depicting what home means to them. Drawings, pictures, collages etc. We’ll be displaying them on our kiosks, email newsletters, and perhaps an end-of-year art exhibition.

Home: Whether it’s a place for family, the tranquility of space away from the bustle, the joy of play, the feeling of comfort – we’re looking to see depictions of the concept to you.

So send away!

Here are a few great ones we’ve received:

By Anthony - For Waterside's HOME Project
By Anthony – For Waterside’s HOME Project

 

By Ineg - For Waterside's HOME Project
By Ineg – For Waterside’s HOME Project

 

By Eva - For Waterside's HOME project
By Eva – For Waterside’s HOME project

Young artists can submit their artwork to alevy@watersideplaza.com 

Adult residents can share too – send us any words on the same topic–a paragraph, a poem or a story!

HOME: A Waterside Plaza Project in Words & Pictures

Residents dancing on the plaza at summer event, 1990s
Residents dancing on the plaza at a summer event, Waterside Plaza, 1990s

What does “Home” mean to you? Originally built as much-needed housing for the nearby UN population, Waterside Plaza has been one of the most diverse rental communities in the world’s most diverse city for over forty years. Today, residents from 59 countries call Waterside home.

In 2016, we’re celebrating this truly unique New York City community with a new project called HOME: A Waterside Plaza Project in Pictures & Words. We will be featuring drawings of resident children depicting their homes on our kiosks, email newsletters, and perhaps an end-of-year art exhibition. If you have a young artist in your midst who’d like to submit an artwork, please send to alevy@watersideplaza.com.

waterside-plaza-home

International residents often tell us Waterside is their “home away from home.” For six-year-old Grace, home is simply where the cat is. We invite all resident children to show us their home–whether at Waterside, in their country of origin, or just in their wildest imaginings. (Adult residents are invited to send us any words on the same topic–a paragraph, a poem, a story!)

Is home where your family is, where your friends are? Is home where you came from, or just where you feel best? Like the ducks that make their home every spring in the pond on the plaza, is it some quiet, cool, beautiful corner at Waterside? Whatever home means to you, we want to see it.

waterside plaza ducklings
Ducklings in plaza-level pond at Waterside, May 2015