Public Space Programming

NYC’s Public Space Programming initiative brings free activities to public spaces, such as plazas and Open Streets. This program connects public spaces citywide with local organizations that host activities. All activities are free and open to New Yorkers of all ages and abilities.

Programming brings arts, culture, fitness, and educational experiences to neighborhoods in need. These activities also promote the positive use of public space. This program is focused on supporting neighborhoods in NYC DOT Priority Investment and Public Space Priority Areas, as identified in the NYC Streets Plan.

A colorful drag queen reads a story to children seated in a semi-circle on an Open Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Drag Queen Story Hour at 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Public Space Programming Catalogue

Cover of the Public Space Programming Catalogue featuring a solo performer on a stage in front of an audience of adults and children.
Cover of the 2022 Public Space Programming Catalogue

This catalogue includes a list of non-profit organizations available to provide programming in NYC DOT managed public spaces. All activities on the list are free of charge and suitable for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities.

Download the 2022 Public Space Programming Catalogue (pdf)

Programming Events in 2022

NYC DOT is teaming up with several Programming Partners, City agencies, cultural organizations, and non-profit institutions to provide a wide variety of events to public spaces throughout the City this year!

Sign up for our Public Space newsletter to learn about upcoming events

Make Music New York – Plaza by Plaza

Two musicians play guitars and sing under a pop up tent in a plaza.
Make Music New York at Forsyth Plaza, Manhattan

NYC DOT partnered with Make Music New York to bring a full day of music to over 15 plazas across the city on Tuesday, June 21. All events are free and open to the public, and feature a wide variety of New York City based artists.

Learn more about the Make Music New York project

Flatbed Follies

Two people juggle brightly colored clubs on a flatbed stage in a plaza.
Flatbed Follies at Jennings Open Street, Bronx

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Flatbed Follies is an innovative travelling circus. They provide variety arts and amazing acts to neighborhoods throughout the city.

Learn more about the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Public Space Pilots – Partnership with Street Lab

A pop up library on an Open Street is surrounded by yellow and white seating elements. Several passerby of varying ages stop to check out the books.
Street Lab’s pop up library at 5th Avenue Sunset Park, Brooklyn

In 2022, Street Lab is partnering with NYC DOT and community groups to pilot new Open Streets, plazas, and other pedestrian public spaces in neighborhoods that lack these amenities. Street Lab will be providing their award-winning programming alongside a suite of other services to help get these new spaces off the ground.

Learn more about Street Lab

Calendar

All events are subject to change and may be modified or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances. Check the event links to confirm when and where events are happening.

Bronx Events:

Date
Event
Location
Streets
Time
8/3/2022 Street Lab Programming West 164th Street Open Street West 164 Street & Odgen Avenue 9am to 12pm
8/3/2022 Street Lab Programming West 164th Street Open Street West 164 Street & Odgen Avenue 1pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Fordham Plaza Park Avenue & East 189 Street 11am to 2pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Jennings Street Open Street Jennings Street & Prospect Avenue 1pm to 7pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Roberto Clemente Plaza / WIllis Avenue Open Street Willis Avenue & East 147 Street 12pm to 2pm
8/6/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 3pm to 6pm
8/6/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 3pm to 4pm
8/13/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 3pm to 6pm
8/20/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 3pm to 6pm
8/20/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 3pm to 4pm
8/21/2022 Bike the Block Bronx River Avenue Bronx River Avenue & Westchester Avenue 11am to 3pm
8/21/2022 Flatbed Follies Kelly Street Open Street Kelly Street & East 163 Street 1:30pm to 5:30pm
8/21/2022 Street Lab Programming Bronx River Avenue Bronx River Avenue & East 172 Street 11am to 3pm
8/27/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots East 141st Street Open Street East 141 Street & Willis Avenue 12pm to 3pm

Brooklyn Events:

Date
Event
Location
Streets
Time
8/2/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/3/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/4/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/5/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Chauncey Street Open Street Chauncey Open Street & Saratoga Avenue 12pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Columbia Street Open Street Columbia Street & Woodhull Street 3pm to 8pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Hillel Plaza Hillel Place & Flatbush Avenue 3pm to 7pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Knickerbocker Plaza Myrtle Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue 12pm to 2pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Beverly Road Open Street Beverly Road & Church Avenue 1pm to 3pm
8/6/2022 Street Lab Programming Lewis Avenue Open Street Lewis Avenue & Fulton Street 2pm to 5pm
8/6/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Blake Avenue Open Street Blake Avenue & Rockaway Avenue 12pm to 3pm
8/7/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Beverly Road Open Street Beverly Road & Church Avenue 1pm to 4pm
8/9/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/10/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/11/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/12/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 23rd Street Open Street 23 Street & 5 Avenue 8am to 5pm
8/13/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Osborn Street Open Street Osborn Street & Lott Avenue 12pm to 3pm
8/14/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Beverly Road Open Street Beverly Road & Church Avenue 1pm to 4pm
8/20/2022 Flatbed Follies Bristol Street Open Street Bristol Street & Dumont Avenue 1pm to 5pm
8/20/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Bristol Street Open Street Bristol Street & Dumont Avenue 12pm to 3pm
8/21/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Beverly Road Open Street Beverly Road & Church Avenue 1pm to 4pm
8/26/2022 Broadway Forever! Vanderbilt Avenue Open Street Vanderbilt Avenue & Atlantic Avenue 3:30pm to 5pm
8/27/2022 Flatbed Follies Blake Street Open Street Blake Street & Rockaway Avenue 3pm to 6pm
8/27/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Blake Avenue Open Street Blake Avenue & Rockaway Avenue 12pm to 3pm
8/27/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Livonia Avenue Open Street Livonia Avenue & Rockaway Avenue 12pm to 12pm
8/28/2022 Flatbed Follies Berry Street Open Street Berry Street & Broadway 12pm to 3pm

Manhattan Events:

Date
Event
Location
Streets
Time
8/5/2022 Street Lab Programming West 120th Street Open Street West 120 Street & Malcolm X Boulevard 4pm to 7pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Plaza de las Americas West 175 Street & Broadway 1pm to 11pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC West 103rd Street Open Street West 103 Street & Amsterdam Avenue 12pm to 3pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Forsyth Plaza Forsyth Street & Canal Street 12pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Amsterdam Avenue Open Street Amsterdam Avenue & West 107 Street 12pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC West 103rd Street Open Street West 103 Street & West End Avenue 2pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Flatbed Follies - Dance Party NYC Plaza de las Americas West 175 Street & Broadway 1pm to 6pm
8/6/2022 Street Lab Programming Frederick Douglas Boulevard Open Street Frederick Douglass Boulevard & West 116 Street 4pm to 7pm
8/12/2022 Street Lab Programming West 120th Street Open Street West 120 Street & Malcolm X Boulevard 4pm to 7pm
8/13/2022 Flatbed Follies West 120th Street Open Street West 120 Street & Lenox Avenue 3pm to 7pm
8/13/2022 Flatbed Follies Columbus Avenue Open Street Columbus Avenue & West 68 Street 12pm to 2pm
8/14/2022 Flatbed Follies Columbus Avenue Open Street Columbus Avenue & West 68 Street 3pm to 7pm
8/19/2022 Circus Amok Forsyth Plaza Forsyth Street & Canal Street 6pm to 8pm
8/19/2022 Street Lab Programming West 120th Street Open Street West 120 Street & Malcolm X Boulevard 4pm to 7pm
8/20/2022 Flatbed Follies East 109 Street East 109 Street & Park Avenue 9am to 1pm
8/23/2022 Broadway Forever! Cooper Square Plaza Cooper Square & Bowery 3:30pm to 5pm
8/25/2022 Broadway Forever! Quisqueya Plaza Dyckman Street & Broadway 3:30pm to 5pm
8/27/2022 Street Lab Programming West 120th Street Open Street West 120 Street & Malcolm X Boulevard 4pm to 7pm
8/28/2022 Bike the Block Plaza de las Americas West 175 Street & Fort Washington Avenue 11am to 3pm
8/28/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Harlem River Drive Harlem River Drive & West 168 Street 11am to 3pm

Queens Events:

Date
Event
Location
Streets
Time
8/1/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 10am to 11am
8/2/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces for Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/2/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 81 Street 10am to 11am
8/3/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces for Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/4/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/4/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 73 Street 10am to 11am
8/5/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/6/2022 Bike the Block 90th Avenue Open Street 90 Avenue & Merrick Boulevard 11am to 3pm
8/6/2022 Bike the Block 90th Avenue Open Street 90 Avenue & 164 Street 11am to 3pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC 31st Avenue Open Street 31 Avenue & 34 Street 1:30pm to 3:30pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Bliss Plaza 46 Street & Queens Boulevard 4pm to 5:30pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Woodside Avenue Open Street Woodside Avenue & 76 Street 12pm to 7pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Myrtle Wyckoff Plaza Wyckoff Avenue & Myrtle Avenue 2pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 93 Street 1pm to 3pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 73 Street 1pm to 3pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 77 Street 1pm to 3pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC - Queensboro Dance Lip PMan Plaza Lip PMan Plaza & Roosevelt Avenue 12pm to 12:45pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC - Queensboro Dance Corona Plaza Roosevelt Avenue & 103 Street 1pm to 2:30pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC - Queensboro Dance Diversity Plaza 37 Road & 73 Street 2:30pm to 4pm
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC - Queensboro Dance Lowery Plaza 40 Street & Queens Boulevard 5:30pm to 7pm
8/6/2022 Flatbed Follies Beach 21st Street Plaza Beach 21 Street & Mott Avenue 1pm to 6pm
8/7/2022 Flatbed Follies 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 93 Street 11am to 4pm
8/7/2022 Queens Theater Al Fresco - Corona Plaza Featuring Karlos Franko Corona Plaza Roosevelt Avenue & 103 Street 4pm to 5:30pm
8/8/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 93 Street 10am to 11am
8/9/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/9/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 81 Street 10am to 11am
8/9/2022 Zing! Fitness For Kids 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 73 Street 10am to 11am
8/10/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/11/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/11/2022 SunnySide Ecuadorian Heritage Event Bliss Plaza 46 Street & Queens Boulevard 5pm to 8pm
8/12/2022 Flatbed Follies Lowery Plaza 46 Street & Queens Boulevard 5pm to 7pm
8/12/2022 Fresh Air Fund Summer Spaces For Kids! 34th Avenue Open Street 34 Avenue & 92 Street 8am to 5pm
8/12/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Barton Avenue Open Street Barton Avenue & 149 Place 3pm to 6pm
8/14/2022 Queens Theatre Al Fresco - Corona Plaza Featuring NYPD's La Jara Band Corona Plaza Roosevelt Avenue & 103 Street 4pm to 5:30pm
8/19/2022 Flatbed Follies Bliss Plaza 46 Street & Queens Boulevard 5pm to 8pm
8/20/2022 Sunnyside Open Air Studios Bliss Plaza 46 Street & Queens Boulevard 12pm to 4pm
8/20/2022 Sunnyside Open Air Studios Lowery Plaza 40 Street & Queens Boulevard 12pm to 4pm
8/21/2022 Queens Theatre Al Fresco - Corona Plaza Featuring Mariano Cersa Corona Plaza Roosevelt Avenue & 103 Street 4:30pm to 5:30pm
8/24/2022 Broadway Forever! Diversity Plaza 37 Road & 73 Street 3:30pm to 5pm
8/26/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Barton Avenue Open Street Barton Ave & 149 Place 3pm to 6pm
8/28/2022 Queens Theatre Al Fresco - Corona Plaza Featuring ATTAKKU Corona Plaza Roosevelt Avenue & 103 Street 4pm to 5:30pm

Staten Island Events:

Date
Event
Location
Streets
Time
8/6/2022 Dance Party NYC Minthorne Street Open Street Minthorne Street & Bay Street 4pm to 8pm
8/27/2022 Bike the Block Shore Road Shore Road & Hylan Boulevard 11am to 3pm
8/27/2022 Bike the Block Satterlee Street Satterlee Street & Shore Road 11am to 3pm
8/27/2022 Street Lab Public Space Pilots Satterlee Street Open Street Satterlee Street & Shore Road 11am to 3pm