Waterside’s 2019 Summer Concerts on the Plaza

Welcome to Summer at Waterside! Every summer, we present exciting entertainment on our picturesque Plaza! Free! Continue reading “Waterside’s 2019 Summer Concerts on the Plaza”

Meet Our Performers: Waterside Summer Music Series

Next month, our 2018 Waterside Summer Event Series begins with dance, music & movies!

We’re counting down the days until the first show (as of today, it’s 20!)

You may already know some of our performers – they’ve appeared on shows like “Good Morning America”, “The View”, “Sesame Street”, “MTV” and many others!

Here are some videos to wet your appetite:

Ajna Dance Company (July 11th)

Kimya Dawson (July 18th)

 George Gee Swing Orchestra  (July 25th)

And in August, it’s movie time with “Toy Story”, “Labyrinth” and other fantastic films!

Learn all about our full summer line-up here.

Remember: All the events are FREE! Just register on Eventbrite.

Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series – Line-Up Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Summer Event Series line-up!

This year’s concerts, dancing and movies highlights the diversity and wonder that New York – and Waterside – are known for.

Join us this summer to enjoy live music, dance, and films alongside our unparalleled views!

July: “Waterside Summer Music Series” – Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

July 11thAjna Dance Company

Get ready for an exciting performance of Bollywood and Traditional Indian Dance and Music – followed by an interactive dance lesson! Ajna Dance Company delivers visually stunning and culturally rich performances that engage, educate and inspire – with dances that blend the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement.  Ajna has appeared on NBC and ABC’s Good Morning America, The Food Network, and performed at countless NYC landmarks including The United Nations, Macy’s, and Barclays.

Ajna Dance Company - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Ajna Dance Company

July 18thKimya Dawson

Kimya’s playful vocals paired with her eclectic musical compositions will capture your heart. She’s a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack.  Kimya has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times which described her as “a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”.

Kimya Dawson - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Kimya Dawson

July 25thGeorge Gee Swing Orchestra

George Gee’s 8th album is: “Swing Makes You Happy” – and that’s exactly what this show will do! When the George Gee Swing Orchestra plays popular songs from the Swing Era, you’re sure to feel more pep in your step. George Gee Swing Orchestra’s appearances include MTV, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and ABC’s Good Morning America. (Note: This show will take place rain or shine! If it rains, we have an indoor space to sway and swing in!)

George Gee Swing Orchestra - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
George Gee Swing Orchestra

August: “Waterside Summer Movie Series” – Mondays (see below for times)

August brings you to the plaza for movies the whole family can enjoy.  With over six acres (including landscaped gardens facing the East River), Waterside is the ideal location from which to take in the film, the amazing views, the complimentary refreshments, and, have a wonderful evening in the city – with the feel of an urban retreat.

Take a journey into worlds of animated toys, goblins and re-gain your child-like wonder:

August 20th – Waterside’s Audience Choice*! (7pm)

Being shown at Waterside by popular demand – “The Wizard of Oz”! This beloved, iconic 1939 musical is based on the work of L. Frank Baum.

SPECIAL EVENT: In addition to the film, Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum, a non-profit organization devoted to Oz, will join us. He will bring free collectable postcards and other Oz goodies.

Marc Baum will lead us in All Things Oz Trivia Contest – bring your knowledge, your courage and your heart. There will also be a best Oz costume. Both activities will feature prizes for the winners!

The Wizard of Oz - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
The Wizard of Oz

Friday, August 24th – “Labyrinth” (7:30pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 13)

Starring the iconic David Bowie and a pre-Academy Award-winning Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson musical fantasy tale has a teenage girl, tired of babysitting her baby brother, wish him away – only to have him captured by the evil Goblin King!

Labyrinth - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series

August 27th – “
From Up On Poppy Hill” (7:30pm)

Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births. The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered. Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son. This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.

From Up On Poppy Hill - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
From Up On Poppy Hill

Tuesday, August 28th – “Toy Story” (8pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 6)

Toys come to life in this ever-popular 1995 film about a cowboy doll threatened by a new spaceman figure. Will the cowboy lose his place in a little boy’s heart? Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

Toy Story - Waterside 2018 Summer Event Series
Toy Story


Join Waterside for these irresistible events!

All events are free and take place on the plaza (25 Waterside Plaza, NY, NY 10010.)  Limited seating is available, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Register here.

Summer Samples: Hear Music from the Artists Playing at Waterside This Summer!

As we gear up for our Summer Concert series here at Waterside, we wanted to give you a taste of what you’ll be hearing, seeing – and dancing to!

Wednesday, July 19th: We bring you Disco Unlimited

Register on Eventbrite.

DIsco Unlimited – Promo Video from Disco Unlimited on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, July 26th: We have Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

Register on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, August 9th: It’s Andy Suzuki and the Method (Note: This was rescheduled from July 12th.)

Register on Eventbrite.

Can’t wait?! We understand: We’re just as excited!

See you there!

More information about the artists, and these (and all Summer Events) can be found on this post. And we’ll have interviews with the artists as we get closer to their shows.

2017 Summer Fun: Concerts, Dancing & Movies – at Waterside!

We’re so excited about our 2017 Summer Events line-up of dancing, concerts and movies! Free exciting entertainment at Waterside.


“Welcome to Fantasy at Waterside
” in August – when Waterside Plaza partners with RCN Monday nights to show movies the whole family can enjoy – alongside a spectacular water and city view! Popcorn provided!  Some seating available – and lawn chairs and blankets are encouragedShowings start at dusk (around 8PM).

Films are:

Monday, August 14th – “The NeverEnding Story” (Register here), Monday, August 21st – “How to Train Your Dragon” (Register here), Wednesday, August 23rd (New date) – “The Wizard of Oz” (Register here), Monday, August 28th – “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) (Register here).

All events are free and take place outside on the Plaza (Waterside Plaza. At 25 Waterside Plaza, NY, NY 10010.)

July Concerts & Dancing

The “July Concerts” bring these exceptional artists to the plaza on Wednesdays in July (7pm to 9pm): Andy Suzuki and the Method now on August 9th (rescheduled from July 12th) (Register here), Disco Unlimited (Register here) on July 19th and Dancing Under the Stars with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra on July 26th (Register here).

    • With soulful lyrics, lush sounds and fantastic instrumentals, Andy Suzuki and The Method often sound like more than the three-person band they are. Comprised of half-Japanese, half-Jewish American Andy Suzuki and Nigerian percussionist, Kozza Olatunji-Babumba, the NYC-based group often uses the often uses the personal to address the challenges “hyphenated” Americans face.

Andy Suzuki & The Method

    • Disco Unlimited has become the hottest disco show and dance band on the East Coast. Capturing a time in music that to this day has not been matched, Disco Unlimited will exhilarate you with their powerful vocals, tight harmonies and dance grooves, and instantly transport you to a time when Saturday nights meant white suits, platform shoes and music that compels you to dance.

Disco Unlimited

    • Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. The orchestra’s presence invokes the vibrations of something unmistakably timeless. They capture the essence of what this music and times were all about: joy, romance, modernity, and possibility. Join us for an evening of Dancing Under the Stars accompanied by this wonderful live band. No dance skills needed, come learn the steps with our instructors and dance the night away while enjoying swing melodies.

 Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

“Summer Dancing Under the Stars” offers you dance lessons taught by experts in the genre and then dancing! See above for the swing-themed night on July 26th. “Bollywood Extravaganza” is our Summer Finale with a Bollywood dance class taught by a fantastic instructor – and dance performances – on September 5th (new date). (Both begin at 7:00pm).


To register for the summer concerts, dancing and movies, go to Eventbrite: Concerts: Andy Suzuki and the Method, Disco Unlimited, Dancing Under the Stars with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra & Bollywood Extravaganza. Movies: “The Wizard of Oz”, “The NeverEnding Story”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Alice in Wonderland”.