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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts 2024

Opening Date: May 24, 2024

Closing Date: May 26, 2024

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Playing @

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave New York, NY 10003

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Theater for the New City has currently scheduled over 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for its 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.

Indoor performances will take stage from 6 PM to midnight each day, utilizing two of TNC’s four theaters. From 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday, vendors and food sellers, including booths from nearby restaurants, will set up in the closed-off block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. The festival has been presented annually since 1996, although in 2020 it was produced online due to pandemic concerns. A cohort of theater, dance, performance, music, film, literary and visual artists are participating on all three days. An afternoon of performances for and by kids will be presented Saturday afternoon. A fine art show will be hanging throughout the fest in the theater’s lobby gallery. A film program will be presented Saturday from 1 PM to 11 PM, featuring works by auteurs from the Lower East Side/East Village along with works that reflect the essence of the neighborhood.

This year, the festival is mounted with the theme “Democracy: Use it or Lose it.” The subject will be addressed in some of the playlets and acts written for the festival. As of this writing, the performers’ roster includes such luminaries as David Amram, Austin Pendleton and Penny Arcade. City council member Carlina Rivera will speak.

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Box Office

Counter 43".


SVI Permit.

Curb Ramps

All corners.

Passenger Loading Zone


Directions Bus



Unisex: Lobby. Lightweight door 33". Stall 66" x 68". Commode 19". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .


Four Theatres: Three on lobby-level (one seating 240, two seating 99 each), one in basement (seats 65). No fixed seating in any of the theaters.


Elevator: For access to basement theater. Lift for one person using wheelchair and one ambulatory person. Operated with key by house manager.


Lobby. Coin slot 61". Cord 29".


Ground level. Double doors in series (each 36"). Easy to operate with adequate maneuvering space.

Visual Assistance


Water Fountain


Assisted Listening System


Wheelchair Info

No fixed seating in any of the theaters.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

6 to Astor Place or
L to 1st Ave or
R, W to 8th St .

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By Bus: