Game On! Summer Programming Along Water Street


On behalf of the Downtown Alliance, HR&A is managing the programming and implementation of Game On!, a summer programming series that is transforming Water Street into Lower Manhattan’s playground. From Whitehall to Wall Street, public spaces on Water Street are being activated with pop-up installations including play-oriented programming, beer gardens, and even a beach! Game On! activates these public spaces to encourage local residents, workers, and visitors to utilize these areas in new, lively, and fun ways. On Wednesdays in August, participants can win prizes for their shuffleboard, cornhole, and foosball skills thanks to the participation of local businesses. We hope you will join us on Water Street this summer!


Since April, HR&A has led the programming and implementation of Game On! on behalf of the Alliance for Downtown New York. Beginning with existing conditions research and analysis, HR&A managed the development and execution of a programming concept with partners Auster Agency and 3×3 Design.


Other current HR&A program design and implementation projects include NYC BigApps 2014, the largest civic technology competition in the world with over $100,000 in prizes awarded to teams that develop apps, connected devices, and other digital products that improve civic life in New York. We also led the development of programming for The Lawn on D on behalf of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, as part of a team with Chris Wangro and Sasaki Associates, and are currently implementing and managing the program. The Lawn on D, which opened on August 16th, is a temporary interactive outdoor event space connecting the Innovation District to the South Boston neighborhood. The Lawn on D will offer exciting programming and events to test opportunities for integrating the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center into the urban fabric of the area. In addition to these current productions, we designed and produced Take the HELM, Staten Island Storefronts, and Talking Transition, three programs that have helped to support economic development and civic engagement throughout New York City.


We are thrilled to be a part of these innovative assignments and to continue to expand our breadth of services into the program design and implementation area. We look forward to supporting new and existing partners in projects that promote city-building nationally and around the world.