15 weeks of fun
Live at the Archway
A Performance Series as Enchanting as Its Venue.
The 2018 Season
The DUMBO Improvement District is giving us yet another reason to be stoked for open-air entertainment.
Time Out New York
About the Pop Up Gallery
Every at Live at the Archway, Tfnf’s The Space Station pops up in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Brainchild of artist Nathan Sinai Rayman and with a footprint of only 32 square feet, Tfnf’s The Space Station replicates (in flat pack, modular, franchisable form) his DUMBO gallery This Friday or Next Friday – “likely the tiniest, most inconsequential gallery in NYC, maybe on the face of the Earth”.
Each week, we present an exhibition featuring a DUMBO-based artist and invite the public to create a collaborative piece with the artist over the course of the evening.
The 2017 Season
Our third season of Live at the Archway brought hundreds of happy DUMBOnians and visitors out Thursdays in 2017 to experience the Archway come alive with music and art–from Cuban salsa, flamenco and New Orleans hot jazz, to Indie afrobeat, modern dance, psychedelic soul, J-Pop and yes, even a hula hooping circus!
In 2017, we introduced The Space Station, a pop-up gallery presented in partnership with DUMBO-based gallery TFNF. Each week, a different DUMBO artist exhibited their work, and invited the public to collaborate on an interactive piece wrapped around the outside of the gallery.
Season three was co-curated and produced by Tanya Rynd of Superfine.
Live at the Archway reflects the neighborhood's diversity and its commitment to the arts.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
What the Press is Saying
"DUMBO Improvement district is giving us yet another reason to be stoked for open-air entertainment." - Time Out New York
Live at the Archway is Above & Beyond in the New Yorker.
"If you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and enjoy the cooler sunsets through September, find your chill vibes Live at the Archway in DUMBO." - Metro US
"The only thing that beats an outdoor concert is a free outdoor concert." - SpoiledNYC
"A great way to unwind after a workday." - ZealNYC
And top hits in the New York Times, Untapped Cities, Paper Magazine, Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Vegan, Art Haps, Ariana's List, PureWow, Brokelyn, Brooklyner, Mommy Poppins, Mommy Nearest and more!
The 2016 Season
Our second season of Live at the Archway brought hundreds of happy DUMBOnians and visitors out every Thursday to experience puppetry, sizzling salsa, swing bands, Sierra leon bubu ensemble, alt-classical percussion, Colombian cumbia, some epic video projections, and more. Season two was co-curated and produced by Tanya Rynd of Superfine.
The Manhattan Bridge Archway is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer
Time Out New York
What the press is saying
"Listening to a band under the Manhattan bridge at The Archway should be on everyone's NYC bucket list." - Alexandra Farrington
"Enjoy some of Brooklyn's top talent at Live at the Archway in DUMBO." – Viewing.Nyc
"It’s the best place to be every Thursday night." - South Brooklyn
And top hits in the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Vegan, am New York, Village Voice, Brooklyn Rail, Oh My Rockness, Ariana's List, Brokelyn, Mommy Poppins, Mommy Nearest and more!
The 2015 Season
The first season of Live at the Archway was launched in 2015 as a joint effort of the DUMBO Improvement District and Superfine restaurant. Every Thursday from May through October, the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge came alive with free performances! From Cuban salsa to indie pop, brass bands to Afro Brazilian outfits, old school punk to New Orleans style jazz and even an opera ensemble, Live At The Archway brought the neighborhood together, presenting local talent and celebrating local companies.