Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#PEPCITY Pops Up in Bryant Park

Over the last week, passers-by in the park may have noticed some exciting changes taking shape in the park. The towering 40-foot dome (taller than Celisus!) and surrounding tents on the Upper Terrace are sure to catch the eye!

The structures make up #PEPCITY, designed as a "thank you gift" to New York in celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII (Pepsi is located in Purchase, NY, and is an official sponsor of the National Football League). This free, open-to-the-public experience will take place for three days on Wednesday, January 29, Thursday, January 30, and Saturday, February 1.

From 2:00pm to 6:30pm on each of the three days, the dome will house a sampling of the very best of the region's food, culture, art, and sports. Acclaimed local chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, and Michael Psilakis will create specialty menu items, reflective of their individual culinary styles, made from Pepsi products. Guests will receive "Taste of PepsiCo" passports that enable them to sample and stamp each selection of food.

Samples of the region's other treasures will be available as well. Tony Award-winning playwright Lemon Andersen will take the audience through his coming-of-age experiences as acclaimed artists create real-time visual art pieces. Performances from top Broadway shows, including Pippin, Mamma Mia!, and Chicago will appear onstage throughout the day. New York sports rivalries will be represented in a rap battle between lyricists Yonas and Dylan Owen, refereed by L. Boogs of Hot 97. A multi-screen, multi-media piece will depict the private lives of five extraordinary New York apartments.

Each of the three evenings will feature a free, pre-ticketed concert from popular performing artists. Pop singer Austin Mahone, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards "Artist to Watch," will open the series on Wednesday. Prince Royce, the chart-topping Latin superstar, will wow the crowds on Thursday. Ziggy Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley and a reggae sensation in his own right, will close out the series on Saturday. 
Upper Terrace
Wednesday, January 29 - Thursday, January 30; Saturday, February 1
2pm - 6:30pm


  1. This is going to be a hell of a show. Can't wait!!

  2. AMAZING - we'll be there Saturday to see it live and up close.