This Saturday and Sunday, Lower East Side's Pier 36 is sending up the Bat-Signal to bring foodies, local brew hounds and fans of comic books and designer toys together for the Five Points Festival. At this Five Points—unlike the seedy, gone but not forgotten neighborhood of yore—the only danger you'll be in is having too much fun.
During the fest. many of the city's best food trucks will be parked by the water serving up savory delights including mac n' cheese done right by Mac Truck, Philly cheesesteaks made with beef ribeye from Phil's Steals and mouthwatering Korean BBQ from Korilla BBQ. Wash it down with local suds from breweries like Coney Island Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery and Bronx Brewery. Sixpoint Brewery is getting in the spirit of the event with its exclusive Mad Scientist double IPA, which is the perfect brew to sip while checking out the selection of comic books, prints, and original artwork.
The main draw for many of the festival-goers will be the designer toys. These plastic, plush, mini and resin creations make the wares at your nearby big box store seem like, well, child's play. Several of the leading artists and brands of art toys will be at the fest including Huck Gee, Kidrobot, James Groman, Ron English of Popaganda, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx. While children are welcome to come, parents should avoid the strictly adults-only section while walking with the tots.
Five Points Festival is at Pier 36, 299 South Street (fivepointsfest.com). Sat 20, 11am-8pm and Sun 21, 11am-5pm. $40 weekend passes; $30 Saturday only; $25 Sunday only.