The block party was part of a series of festivities that celebrates the $40 million renovation of the Public Theater. The 12-5 PM event took place on Lafayette Street between Astor Place and East 4th Street. The Public Theater opened its doors to allow members of the public to view its new lobby and public spaces, including Joe's Pub and the new lounge, The Library.
Musical performances included selections from Giant by Sybille Pearson and Michael John LaChiusa; Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim; Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron; and last season's The Total Bent by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.
Additional musical highlights were Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess; Sasha Allen of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Hair; banjo player Tony Trischka; and M.A.K.U. SoundSystem.
The block party also included New York City food trucks, including Go Burger, Korilla BBQ, Rickshaw Dumplings, The Treats Truck, Valducci’s Pizza, as well as offerings from Carmellini and Oliver, which provides dining hospitality for Joe's Pub and the Public's new lounge, the Library.