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Port Authority to Open Roof for Kite-Flying Sunday

By Jill Colvin | September 16, 2011 5:09pm
A little girl few a kite at last year's event.
A little girl few a kite at last year's event.
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Fashion Center Business Improvement District

MIDTOWN — The Port Authority Bus Terminal isn’t usually the first choice for a family outing, but this weekend that’s going to change.

Hundreds of kids are expected to flock to the roof of the run-down bus depot Sunday afternoon for the Fashion Center Business Improvement District's seventh annual rooftop "Kite Flight."

The event will give kids the chance to make and fly their own kites. Artists will be hosting free workshops, where kids can assemble and decorate their kites, and “master kite-flyers” will be on-hand to teach kids how to make them soar.

The event will also feature other entertainment, including performances by kiting expert Glenn Davison, who will demonstrate theatrical flying techniques, and Om Factory, who will be giving a flying yoga demonstration. Unicyclists and jugglers will also be on hand, along with free ice cream, games, face painting, and smoothies blended by a bicycle, according to a release about the event.

“Kite Flight is a wonderful and unique event that continues to grow and evolve with each passing year,” Barbara Randall, president of the BID said in a statement.

“Now in its seventh year, it has become a September staple and perennial must-see event for families and kite enthusiasts," she said.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the seventh-floor rooftop parking deck of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Enter at Eighth Avenue and West 40th Street.