Cultural and Heritage Events (Office of the Mayor)
Each year, Mayor Bloomberg hosts approximately 200 events throughout the five boroughs celebrating the culture and heritage that make New York City a unique and vibrant place. Gracie Mansion serves as a beautiful and historical centerpiece for many of these gatherings as do local schools, museums, theaters, and various landmark buildings. The Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events, in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund, raises private support to help defray costs associated with the event production.
Events include celebrations of Black History Month, Dominican Heritage, Greek Heritage, Hispanic Heritage, Italian Heritage, LGBT Pride Month, Lunar New Year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Puerto Rican Day, St. Patrick’s Day, West Indian Day, and Women’s History Month. In addition to these celebrations, the City annually hosts the Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Design and the Doris C. Freedman Award, recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to city design and the cultural life of New York City.
September 11th Commemoration (Office of the Mayor)
Since 2002, New York City has relied on the generosity and support of the private sector to commemorate the tragic events of September 11th. Donations collected by the Mayor's Fund help defray the costs associated with the planning and implementation of the City's observance. With both financial and in-kind support, the City is able to hold a respectful and memorable annual ceremony, which plays an important role in the healing and rebuilding of our city.