Positively 8th Street Festival 2016 saw over 3,000 folks hit the block for a daylong festival, enjoying live music, arts, crafts, outdoor dining, kid’s games, a ‘pop-up’ park and so much more.
The festival, now in its fourth year, was the biggest yet with over 30 different activities taking place up and down the block.
Arts were a central and popular part of this year’s celebration with the New York Studio School providing drawing classes with a live model, the Graey Studio oversaw the creation of a stunning ‘community mural’, which saw over 300 festival goers paint their own contribution to the mural. The Textile Arts Center and Scribble Arts Workshop enabled kids of all ages (and quite a few big kids’, a/k/a adults) to express their creative self, producing all sorts of works of art.
The ‘Strangers Project’, created by Brandon Doman was new to this year’s event, providing an opportunity for visitors stop, pause, reflect and share their own personal stories, and also read the stories of the many thousand others who have contributed to the story sharing platform.
The MacDougal stage was rocked by three amazing bands, ‘Heth & Jed’, The Joe Taylor Collective’ and ‘Lawrence Rush & the Underground Harmony’ who played to the huge audience basking in the sun on the ‘pop-up’ park. Another first for this year was opening the stage to local youth musicians, providing them the opportunity to play to a large live audience. Talented teen rock duo Jack Teitelbaum & Jack Palombini opened the festival and were followed by the stirring voice of fifteen-year-old singer songwriter, Kate Steifman.
Festival goers enjoyed the once a year opportunity of alfresco dining as many of the streets restaurants extended their service onto the street including Amelie, Burger Joint, Greenwich Project, Il Bambino, Whiskey Social, Rasa and Analogue who also held the inaugural 8th Street Whiskey Festival!
As well as celebrating 8th Street, the festival also showcases the culture and history of Greenwich Village, and this was done in style by the Washington Square Park Conservancy, Neighborhood Preservation Center and Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation.
One of the many happy stories and legacies of Positively 8th Street 2016 is that five animals found new permanent and loving homes, through being adopted at the New York Center for Animal Care & Control mobile adoption van who returned to the festival.
We’ll look back on Positively 8th Street 2016 as a vintage year, which was achieved only through the immense contribution and support of all the participating businesses and organizations, who we would like to publically thank, as well as the many visitors who created such a happy festival like atmosphere. We would also like to thank the ‘weather’, for behaving!
We already can’t wait until Positively 8th Street 2017, in the meantime look out for many more free great events coming up through the summer including Astor Place Fitness Powered by David Barton Gym, Jane Jacobs Trivia Night, Free Village Walking Tours and the Astor Place opening festival in September.