ByKevin Sheekey

Bringing Arts to Lower Manhattan.

As New York City comes back to life, another exciting cultural destination in Lower Manhattan is taking shape.

On Wednesday, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the World Trade Center celebrated a major construction milestone with a ‘topping off’ ceremony.

Mike Bloomberg, Chair of the PAC’s board, joined Ron Perelman, public partners, designers, artists, and supporters to ceremonially sign the building’s final beam in downtown New York City. Mike is also Chair of the Board of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum located at the World Trade Center site.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the PAC will be an innovative center for music, dance, theater, opera, and film with flexible intimate performance spaces in the bustling Lower Manhattan neighborhood.


This Weekend: NYC Pride.

Parties, Demonstrations and Family Celebrations to Close Out Pride Month as City Comes Back to Life

While New York City’s annual Heritage of Pride march is virtual this year, there is no shortage of options to celebrate “the last Sunday in June” in the city. Numerous ticketed events will be happening across the city, with many selling out fast.

On Sunday, no tickets are required for PrideFest which will take over Manhattan’s 4th Avenue between 9th and 13th Streets with DJs, entertainers, food and retail vendors put together by Showfields.

House of Yes will also host a free all-ages dance party Sunday in Herald Square from noon to 4 p.m.

Not in New York? TimeOut has this useful guide to 40 incredible LGBTQ+ places around the world to celebrate Pride in June.

Bloomberg Employee Terminal Tip of the Day: Show your pride on your personal calendar by going to OUT1 <GO> and click 99) Options, check ‘Pride Colors.’ Then enjoy your calendar’s new look!


Best of Late Night.

On news of a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization, including Trump’s former bodyguard Matthew Calamari, by New York prosecutors:

“No word yet on Trump’s other bodyguards, Johnny Meatballs, Vinnie Calzone and Sammy Shrimp Scampi.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“‘Matthew Calamari’ sounds like a name a cop makes up when he’s undercover at Olive Garden. He’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m Matthew – Matthew Calamari, and this is my buddy, Larry Unlimited Breadsticks.’”
— Stephen Colbert

“New York prosecutors are reportedly investigating if Trump Organization executive Matthew Calamari received tax-free benefits from the company. Prosecutors aren’t sure if they really want Calamari or if it was just something to pick at while they wait for the main course.”
— Seth Meyers

“Calamari isn’t the only member of this breaded crime ring in trouble, because prosecutors are also investigating Calamari’s son, Matthew Calamari Jr. Like his father, Calamari Jr. hasn’t been officially charged yet, but prosecutors recently advised both men to hire lawyers. You know the world is upside down when the Calamari are ordering lawyers for the whole table.”
— Stephen Colbert

“Texas Governor Greg Abbott last week signed a bill into law allowing residents to carry a handgun without a license. So the next time the electric grid collapses, you’ll at least feel like you have power.”
— Seth Meyers

“Amid a national shortage of chicken wings, a restaurant chain ‘Wing Stop’ has launched an online brand selling chicken thighs called ‘Thigh Stop.’ And things are even tougher over at ‘Buffalo Wild Beaks.’”
— Seth Meyers


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