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PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES NEW, UNIQUE ACTIVITIES TO ENLIVEN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER CAMPUS THIS FALL

Date: Oct 02, 2019
Press Release Number: 162-2019

Autumn activities will kick off tomorrow, October 3, with new art installation in Liberty Park

As the season changes into fall throughout the World Trade Center campus, the Port Authority today announced four new, unique activities as part of its continuing effort to maintain the campus as a dynamic public space in Lower Manhattan throughout the year.

The four activities include colorful art installations as well as food bazaars to keep the community engaged with creative and cultural experiences.

The World Trade Center Farmers Market will continue to open on the World Trade Center Oculus Plaza every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until October 29. Smorgasburg – the largest outdoor weekly food market in the United States – will continue weekly activations every Friday at the site through October 25.

“Every day, this campus becomes an even more attractive venue for people to work or visit with new, unique, seasonal activities being introduced,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “As we near the end of this year and the upcoming holiday season, we are proud of the direction this campus has taken and we plan to continue its revival in the years to come.”

“As we transition into the fall months, we are proud to provide new and innovative activities on the World Trade Center campus that will continue our commitment to create an exciting and receptive space for those who live, work or visit Manhattan,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We expect these activities will provide a fun-filled festive spirit during the upcoming months on the campus.”

The autumn activities will kick off on Thursday, October 3, with an art installation of fresh draping rosemary in Liberty Park by sculptor Brandy Bajalia in collaboration with her husband, musician Peter Corn. The rosemary will then be replaced by a silver hand-cast sculpture of rosemary sprigs.

Ms. Bajalia chose to employ the skills and traditions of ironmaking from her hometown of Birmingham, Ala. by having hand-cast iron sculptures made by Sloss Furnaces to immortalize the fleeting nature of the rosemary sprigs. The sculptures reinforce the concept of longevity and remembrance through the transformation of something delicate into something strong. Its presence at Liberty Park will honor the World Trade Center campus’ own history.

"I believe that art can create space for meaningful connections and healing. When I think of what the World Trade Center represents, I know that it's attached to deep sorrow,” said Ms. Bajalia. “I'm hopeful that this installation portrays the resiliency, strength, and continued healing for New York City. “

Media interested in viewing the installation and speaking with the artist can do so from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on October 3 in Liberty Park.

The other three activities announced today are as follows:

  • On Monday, October 28, a special exhibition of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival will be presented on the campus featuring colorful Chinese zodiac and animal lanterns. The colorful works of art will light up the area and serve as a festive kick-off for the holiday season.
  • On Friday, November 8, The Asian Cultural Center will present the Blanc Art Exhibition, a show that celebrates the local community and connects diverse cultures. The exhibition will honor the World Trade Center and surrounding area’s history as a landing place for immigrants while providing a platform for communication and presentation for young artists.
  • On Saturday, November 23, to kick off the holiday season, the Westfield Holiday Market will be open for eating, shopping and playing – all under one festive roof in the Oculus. It will feature dozens of merchants offering an enticing range of unique gifts along with entertainment, photo opportunities, and other activities.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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