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PORT AUTHORITY TEAMS WITH SMORGASBURG TO HOST OPEN-AIR FOOD FESTIVAL AND COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY ON WTC OCULUS PLAZA

Date: Oct 31, 2018
Press Release Number: 170-2018

November 8th event is part of agency’s ongoing initiatives to transform site into dynamic Lower Manhattan community, pedestrian friendly space

Continuing its ongoing initiatives to transform the World Trade Center into a dynamic space in Lower Manhattan, the Port Authority today announced that it will team with Smorgasburg – the largest outdoor weekly food market in the United States which operates from two locations in Brooklyn with 100 vendors – and other World Trade Center stakeholders and tenants to host a three-day food festival and community block party on the Oculus Plaza beginning on Thursday, November 8.

The event will be held on the World Trade Center site over three days, from November 8 through10. On November 8, a community block party will be held to kick off the three-day event and run from noon to 7 p.m. The Thursday event will include music, a beer garden and multiple family-friendly children’s activities. On Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, Smorgasburg will operate a curated version of its world-class food market with about 20 vendors at the World Trade Center campus from noon to 7 p.m. each day.

The following Smorgasburg vendors have confirmed their participation: Bona Bona Ice Cream; Burger Supreme; Ca’pisci; Chef Katsu; Chickpea & Olive; The Choripan; D’Abruzzo; Dan & John's Wings; Dough; Home Frite; Jianbing; Mutz; Rai Rai Ken; Ramen Burger; Red Hook Lobster Pound; Ring Ding Bar; Sons of Thunder; Wood Fired Edibles and Yakitori Tatsu.

“The Port Authority takes its stewardship of the World Trade Center very seriously and clearly understands the importance of continuing its evolution from construction site to a living campus welcoming millions of annual visitors,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The three-day Smorgasburg festival is another step forward in our effort to integrate the site into the downtown community and to provide a family-friendly destination that will attract tourists from around the region and the world.”

“We are deeply committed to ensuring that the World Trade Center serves as a place of remembrance, but also as a welcoming, dynamic hub for creative, cultural and community activities for the Lower Manhattan community,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The participation of the well-known and highly successful Smorgasburg in this event clearly shows that the site is coming of age as a dynamic contributor to the community.”

Smorgasburg, was established in 2011 as a spin-off of Brooklyn Flea, and now attracts 20,000 to 30,000 visitors each weekday to eat from 100 vendors at its Brooklyn markets in Williamsburg and Prospect Park in the summer months, and thousands to its Sunday market in Downtown Los Angeles. Its weekend winter market launches November 3 and 4 at the Atlantic Center in Fort Greene.

“We are honored and humbled to work with the Port Authority to bring some great local food and fun to the World Trade Center site,” said Eric Demby, a Smorgasburg co-founder with Jonathan Butler. “Like all New Yorkers, we love and cherish seeing Lower Manhattan grow and rejuvenate as a vibrant neighborhood, and are excited to make that evolution just a little more delicious.”

"Lower Manhattan has an insatiable appetite for great food," said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin. "Between our young residents and our rapidly growing workforce, this community is drawing rock star chefs and leading restaurateurs to open up shop here and we're thrilled to welcome Smorgasburg back to the neighborhood at this exciting moment in our food movement."

“Smorgasburg is an exciting addition to the World Trade Center site,” said Robert Becker of The Durst Organization, which operates and manages One World Trade Center. “The activation of the plaza has helped to transform the site into one of New York’s most dynamic neighborhoods. With a host of programming and public events, the plaza has become a tremendous asset for One World Trade Center and the entire Lower Manhattan Community.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Smorgasburg to the World Trade Center,” said Anna Colavecchio, Senior Manager, Marketing and Special Events, for Silverstein Properties. “The amazing offerings and experience provided by Smorgasburg will be a wonderful treat for our tenants and visitors to the World Trade Center.”

“SNY is excited to participate in the first Smorgasburg in our World Trade Center community,” said Marie DeParis, SVP, Marketing & Affiliate Relations, SNY, a tenant in 4 World Trade Center. “As the network home of the Mets, Jets and all things NY Sports, we understand the important partnership of food and sports – and we are excited to highlight this event on our air.”

"Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is excited to partner with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, along with other important Downtown stakeholders, to bring Smorgasburg to the World Trade Center,” said Diego S. Segalini, Executive Director, Finance and Administration. “LMCC has been creating cultural programming and events on the World Trade Center campus and sites across Lower Manhattan since we were founded in 1973, and we are so glad to be involved in this celebration of the rich cultural fabric of Downtown."

The event is part of the Port Authority’s imperative to activate the World Trade Center Campus with dynamic community events following the successful Subway Series Viewing Party held in July on Oculus Plaza at which participating food trucks proved popular with attendees. The Port Authority partnered with Smorgasburg because of its world-class food vendors and international reputation that complements the international tourism at the World Trade Center.

Upon hosting successful seasonal markets at the Seaport District in 2013, 2014, and 2016, Smorgasburg is returning to Lower Manhattan.

In addition to partnering with Smorgasburg, the stakeholders participating in this event include the Durst Organization, Silverstein Properties, The Westfield Group, SNY, Legends, IMG, Millennium Hilton, the Alliance for Downtown New York, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

This year, the Port Authority undertook numerous initiatives to enhance the campus’ aesthetics, public space activations and connections to the downtown community through transit and pedestrian streets. They include:

  • The Port Authority and Silverstein Properties completed a project where local artists displayed their work on the corrugated metal barriers that surround the future 2 World Trade Center site. Seating and painted planters also have been installed around the campus.
  • The opening for the second season of the World Trade Center Farmer’s Market, providing farmers from throughout New York State with the opportunity to sell fresh fruits and vegetables and other artisanal items. The market’s final day for the season will be on November 27.
  • The opening of the pedestrian streets at Dey Street and Cortlandt Way, providing connectivity between the site, Greenwich Street and Church Street.
  • The reopening of the MTA 1 train re-opened at the World Trade Center Station for the first time since September 11th.
  • The repaving of Liberty Street and the installation of informational wrappings around the Site 5 area, which now houses PAPD trailers.

The projects complement other recent initiatives the Port Authority has recently taken to enhance the customer experience at its transportation facilities. They include:

  • At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a first-of-its-kind art installation was unveiled this month on the facility’s exterior 42st Street façade that provides for customer interaction with the images displayed along the façade.
  • At LaGuardia Airport, an artist-in-residence program was established this year to allow local art work to be displayed in the airport’s Marine Air Terminal.

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.

ABOUT SMORGASBURG
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park. It launched May 21, 2011, as a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea, and has since launched dozens of small businesses and attracted millions of visitors. The New York Times dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating." Smorgasburg also operates a weekly Sunday market in Downtown Los Angeles, and two annual markets in Osaka and Saitama, Japan. http://www.smorgasburg.com


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