Date:  Jun 17, 2019

Press Release Number:  97


In its continuing efforts to transform the World Trade Center site into a dynamic space in Lower Manhattan, the Port Authority today announced that in the coming months it will sponsor several events to keep workers and visitors alike to a fun-filled summer.

The program for this summer will include a range of activities from musical performances, film screenings, food bazaars to art installations to keep the community engrossed with creative and cultural activities.

“We are delighted to host such a wide variety of activities planned for this summer at the World Trade Center campus as we continue our efforts in making this site a welcoming space for those who live, work or visit lower Manhattan,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We hope that everyone enjoys these wide-ranging activities planned for this summer.”

The schedule is as follows:

  • The Farmers Market will open on the World Trade Center North Oculus Plaza every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The market will be there until October 29.
  • The LIVE4 LOVE display, a balloon art installation, will be on display in the center of the Oculus through June 28 to celebrate Pride’s 50th anniversary.
  • On Thursday, June 20, Rooftop Films will present a selection of new, independent short films made by New York filmmakers at Liberty Park. The program will feature a mix of different fiction and documentary films and will include one short film about the 9/11 Memorial Pools. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. RSVP at
  • On Friday, June 21, Heart Chant, a participatory Deep Listening® meditation, an offering of sonic healing for all beings through vocalization and listening, will be in the Oculus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone is welcomed to participate, and no musical training is required.
  • On Tuesday, June 25, performance artist and choreographer, Ernesto Pujol, will stage – River ‘The Listeners”, a unique durational performance, as part of LMCC’s River to River festival. The piece will take place at Liberty Park and will start at 1:30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, June 26, there will be a World Pride-themed Performance Art in Oculus from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A group of 20 to 30 performers will create a community of empathy by walking back and forth across the length of the Oculus ground floor in a pedestrian improvisational score that invites them to take several actions as they pass each other: grasping hands, stopping and facing one another with eye contact, and embracing and gently laying a performer on the ground before he/she/they are helped to standing by another passing performer.
  • Continuing to celebrate Pride Month, Rooftop Films will present a screening of You Don’t Nomi at Liberty Park on Thursday, June 27. Listed as one of the best gay films from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Jeffrey McHale’s new documentary analyzes the campy classic movie Showgirls. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. RSVP at
  • On Friday, July 26, Rooftop Films and Sundance Institute will present a program of some of the best new shorts from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Liberty Park. The screening will include a mix of fiction, animation and documentaries. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. RSVP at
  • On Tuesday, August 20, Rooftop Films will present Brett Story’s The Hottest August, a new documentary feature film about New York City facing the inevitable consequences of global warming and sea level rising. Doors open at Liberty Park at 7:15 p.m. RSVP at

During the first five months of 2019, the Port Authority joined with Westfield in January to bring the Greenmarket, which operated outdoors in the Oculus Plaza for the past two years, to the indoor Oculus for the winter months every Tuesday. In February, the Port Authority and Westfield partnered on the first ever Lunar New Year celebration on the World Trade Center campus. The multiple Lunar New Year events included a performance by the Asian Cultural Center Symphony, a 60-piece orchestra, and a Lunar New Year Lion Dance to celebrate the Year of the Pig. And in April, Smorgasburg – the largest outdoor weekly food market in the United States – began a weekly activation every Friday at the site through October 25.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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