The 10 Year Archway Anniversary Party

Celebrate the TENTH Anniversary of the Archway under the Manhattan bridge on Friday, June 21, 2019, with a community party in DUMBO.

The 10 Year Archway Anniversary Party

Archway under the Manhattan bridge | DUMBO

From 2008-2009, the Dumbo Improvement District and NYCDOT transformed the Archway under the Manhattan bridge into one of the most remarkable public spaces in New York City. On Friday, June 21, 2019, from 5pm to 10pm, the 10 Year Archway Anniversary Party celebrates the unique performance and gathering space that has become an integral part of DUMBO's charm.

Ten years ago, the Archway under the Manhattan bridge was a storage space, locked tight behind massive gates. On April 24, 2009, the off-limits structure–the Brooklyn Paper referred to it as “the Berlin Wall of Dumbo”– became an early participant in the NYCDOT plaza program.

The Archway was transformed from a gated storage space to one of New York City’s most interesting public spaces. At the behest of the Dumbo Improvement District, Jonathan Marvel Architects turned the massive structure’s storage features into seating and lighting. The alley between Adams Street and Anchorage Place was permanently open for strolling, enhanced by seating, repaved Belgian blocks and 24-hour lighting.

The Archway’s 10th-anniversary bash will feature be world roots band Brown Rice Family, folk and alt-country group The Maybelles, Young Soon WHITE WAVE Dance Company, hula hoop troupe Big Sky Works and video art projections by Light Year in commemoration of its 50th installation. You’ll also find sculptures by Casey Opstad, photo installations by United Photo Industries, roving performances by Miss Saturn and puppeteer Kate Brehm and art exhibits within two gallery spaces.

A “photo experience” by Alloy Development and La Catrina Flower Studio will include an irreverent nod to the Archway’s storied history as a setting for film, TV and photo shoots. And, of course, food and drink aplenty will include offerings from Lunchtime Under the Archway featuring Rice and Miso Everyday, El Super, and Bread and Spread, and from the Dumbo Station, our newest concession, a beer & wine kiosk modeled after the Manhattan 3 Cent Line.

Events from memorable to low-key and familiar hosted in the Archway over the past decade have included five years of World Cup screenings, projection mapping, art installations during the Dumbo Art Festival (2009-2014), The Creator’s Project (2011), a street festival of tech and analog games that has turned the space into a giant arcade annually since 2015, and the weekend home of the Brooklyn Flea.

It is a regular in film and TV shoots including “Gotham,” “A Winter’s Tale” and more. This summer, Live at the Archway—an annual series of free concerts and arts programming—will celebrate its fifth anniversary.

Construction of the archway. Image courtesy of Dumbo Improvement District

World Cup viewing in the Archway under the Manhattan bridge; photo courtesy of Dumbo Business Improvement District.

Hula hooping circus artists Big Sky Works return to the Archway this Friday!


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