FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Downtown residents won't have to travel far to grab some brews at an outdoor beer garden or soak up some sun at an "urban beach" starting Thursday.
The Downtown Alliance is bringing a host of free outdoor activities to Water Street, between Whitehall and Wall streets, as part of its Game On! summer series. The programming is meant to activate public spaces and enliven an area still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the business improvement district said.
As part of the summer events, a beer garden along Coenties Slip Park, run by deli and restaurant Zigolinis, will serve cold drinks and offer space to play free games of cornhole, or bean bag toss.
Nearby, Whitehall Plaza will be transformed into an “urban beach” with lounge chairs and a game of shuffleboard, and the Elevated Acre at 55 Water St. will host a quirky three-hole mini-golf course.
Along Old Slip Park, additional tables and chairs will be set up with Nok Hockey and Battleship board games. Several food trucks will also be parked there, including Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Korilla BBQ and Del’s Frozen Lemonade, Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
For sports fans, the Andaz Wall Street hotel's beer garden will host outdoor World Cup viewings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday — as well some foosball tables.
Other planned games include two giant-sized Connect Four games along Gouverneur Lane, and chalk to use for sidewalk art and games in Mannahatta Park.
The Game On! programming will run Monday to Friday from noon to 7 p.m through Labor Day. Additional games and events may be scheduled throughout the summer. Head here for more information.