New York Fringe Festival Takes Over 1 E. 8th Street (at Fifth Ave.) for One Month as “FringeCentral” HQ

“FringeCentral” – 8th Street & 5th Avenue

1 East 8th Street, just off Fifth Avenue, is now “Fringe Central,” home to Fringe NYC (officially the New York International Fringe Festival), now in its 16th year, with events running through August 26th.

The festival set up at the 8th Street location — previously home to …  a Duane Reade? a CVS? (I can’t recall … either that or a bank?!) — in late July. It’s just being used temporarily. It looks sparse – but festive! – and pretty much as it did when I’d peek in before with its “For Lease” sign adorning the window — with a few chairs, colorful signs and people added to the mix. It has a warehouse feel and seems to work for this purpose; the location had been sitting vacant for awhile. A nice change of pace for sure!

FringeNYC began August 10th and is “the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues.” There will be 1200 performances in all.

Heading from the Park, you can pick up a program, tickets and encounter other events at the site. Hours are 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Find the schedule here.

Electric Literature “Soapbox Reading Series” Arrives at Washington Square Park for Two Tuesdays – October 13th and 20th; 12 noon

At the Park!  On Tuesday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 20th, “The Soapbox Reading Series” arrives at Washington Square Park presented by literary magazine Electric Literature which is based in Brooklyn.  Authors of literary fiction with a variety of writing styles will read their work “atop a box in the middle of Washington Square Park.”  The readings will take place from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

From the release:

Washington Square has a long and storied history of both arts and activism. To celebrate the area, the Soapbox Reading Series is an inclusive event for a diverse audience of passersby, office workers, cops, shoppers and literary enthusiasts sharing in a common, transportive experience.

The Soapbox readings will entertain and promote literary fiction by connecting authors directly with the public, while celebrating the diversity of the city and its cultural wealth.

Dates, Times, Location:

Tuesday, October 13th: Carmiel Banasky + other local writers reading from “Electric Literature”

Tuesday, October 20th: Stephen O’Connor and special guests

Washington Square Park, West of Fountain Plaza

Noon – 1:30pm

About the authors:

Stephen O’Connor is the author of Rescue (short fiction and poetry); Will My Name Be Shouted Out? (memoir and social criticism); Orphan Trains (narrative history), and Here Comes Another Lesson (short fiction), forthcoming from Free Press. His fiction and poetry have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Partisan Review, and many other places.

Carmiel Banasky was in Oxford, Mississippi teaching preschool and, in her spare time, attempting to organize a pro-choice movement. When that failed, she found her way to New York City to finally focus on writing. She is currently studying at Hunter College, where she also teaches creative writing. She had two stories published with Glimmer Train Stories, one of which won first prize in their Family Matters contest.  She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

** Event will proceed with sunshine.  Heavy rain will cancel event.  **