We talk a lot about Waterside’s international community and now it’s time to put our money where our mouths are–literally! Inspired by our incredibly diverse resident population, we are proud to present the first-ever Waterside Plaza International Food Festival this Saturday, August 16, 12 – 5PM! Dishes will be priced $3-$10 and the public is welcome. Below are the six types of cuisines we will be featuring at this year’s festival, plus beverages and desserts! Have we missed one of your favorites? Let us know for future events!
Waterside’s international community may be 40 years strong but we’ve got nothing on the United Nations Singers, performing on the Plaza tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, at 7PM. The U.N. Singers have acted as the U.N.’s unofficial musical “goodwill ambassadors” since their founding in 1947. Made up of staff and former U.N. staff, the Singers come from nearly 30 countries (roughly half of the resident countries represented at Waterside!) and perform a beautiful repertoire of choral music and folk songs with the goal of spreading a message of harmony through music. As all Music Under the Stars concerts, this event is FREE and open to the public.
Bringing the fire to Music Under the Stars 2014, Wednesday, June 18, 7 – 9PM, Latin jazz orchestra Cocomama is an all-female, multi-national powerhouse! The members hail from 6 countries and sing in three languages, besides playing a wide range of instruments from piano to congas. With musical influences from all over the world, including Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Caribbean and South American traditions, these musicians create beautiful and original global music. As one of the most international communities in New York City (residents from over 62 countries!), these ladies are really singing our tune. As always, this concert is FREE and open to the public. There will also be a wine and beer cash bar at Robbins Nest Cafe on the Plaza.
Currently on view at one of our favorite neighborhood parks, Madison Square Park, the winter 2014 Md. Sq. Art. site-specific art installation, Ivan Navarro’s “This Land is Your Land” takes one of ubiquitous symbols of the New York City skyline, the water tower, and uses it to explore the experience of immigration in America. As home to one of the most diverse communities in Manhattan, we feel especially compelled to highlight this playful and poignant work.
The three water towers that comprise the installation are lit from within by neon reflections featuring words such as “me”/”we”, which seem to repeat infinitely due to the structure of the towers. Ivan Navarro, a Chilean artist based in Brooklyn, takes the title of the exhibition from the beloved Woody Guthrie folk song that speaks to the pull America has for immigrant populations; a truth never more so evident as it is in NYC. The exhibition is open Feb. 20-Apr. 13, 2014.
If you haven’t experienced a blissful state of relaxation lately, it’s time to try one of Xia’s massages. This July, Xia offers excellent massage, manicure and pedicure packages.You can make an appointment at (212) 689 0691 or on watersideplaza.com/spa. Walk-ins are also welcome.