Lincoln Center Restart Stages will transform the Josie Robertson Plaza into approximately 14,000 square feet of open, park-like space. The Green will open on Monday, May 10th.
“When invited to consider how the physical space of Josie Robertson Plaza could be re-envisioned to be a more inclusive and inviting environment, I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard paving stones with no seating to a material like grass, suddenly anyone would be able to sit anywhere,” said Mimi Lien.
The new campus-like look will feature grass-like recyclable, bio based SYNLawn material. While you’re there, stay awhile and browse through books, available for borrowing and provided by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Grab a snack at a new small snack bar, planned for the northeast corner ~ and enjoy pop-up performances of all kids throughout the summer and fall.
The 14,000 square feet will include 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces, and feature not only live performances, but also space for family activities and civic engagement with events by organizations from across five boroughs including a cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, summer concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, dance workshops from New York City Ballet, and performances by the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!); Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York, Weeksville Heritage Center, and many more, plus a range of civic and community service events that include blood drives in partnership with the New York Blood Center, food distribution in partnership with Food Bank for New York City, and a designated primary election polling place in partnership with the Board of Election.
The Green is designed for people with all different levels of mobility, including cane detection for people who are blind or have low vision ~ integrated into the architecture. The events will be free or low-cost.