Festival of Ideas for the New City

This weekend in lower Manhattan, experience sensory overload during a celebration of ideas for New York City's future. Use our handy guide to the best events as your navigator.



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  • Photograph: Courtesy Family & Playlab

    "The Worms" at the New Museum

    "The Worms" at the New Museum

  • Photograph: Courtesy Trust Art

    Trust Art

    Trust Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture

    Spacebuster by Raumlabor

Photograph: Courtesy Family & Playlab

"The Worms" at the New Museum

"The Worms" at the New Museum

If you're looking for a design smorgasbord

There's no way to see everything at this massive street fair, featuring projects from more than 100 artists and collectives (including Broadcastr, Art in Odd Places and Cabinet magazine), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. As you stroll along Bowery, peep creations like a bench made from police barriers, crafted by Bushwick-based Trust Art, or "The Worms"—pink and blue tents that snake around the New Museum and down the Bowery—which were conceived by NYC design firm Family & Playlab. Bowery between E Houston and Spring Sts. Sat 7 11am--7pm; free.

School Nite
The They Co. will outfit a former Catholic high school with classrooms taken over by different groups; check out the Underground Library, which distributes one-of-a-kind hard-bound books, or the Skillshare, featuring workshops on various topics. Make sure to refuel in the Cafeteria for the New City, manned by local chefs such as Phillip Kirschen-Clark of Vandaag. 233 Mott St between Prince and Spring Sts. Sat 7 6pm--4am; free.

"New York #11: Dimensions of a New City"
The phrase pecha kucha means chit-chat in Japanese; in practice, Pecha Kucha is a Tokyo-based collective that hosts slide-show demonstrations. During this event, participants will have seven minutes to present their meditations on New York City, with each hour-long chunk focusing on such themes as "the street," "dirty infrastructure" and "above the law." The Old School Gym, 268 Mulberry St between E Houston and Prince Sts. Sat 7 8pm--3am; $10.

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