Hochul, Adams, and Bloomberg Unveil Perelman Performing Arts Center: NYC’s Latest Cultural Gem

September 14, 2023

Ribbon cutting ceremony to open Perelman Performing Arts Center. From left to right: Richard Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Khady Kamara, Executive Director of PAC NYC; Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York; Ronald O. Perelman; Michael R. Bloomberg, Chairman of the Board of PAC NYC; Eric L. Adams, Mayor of New York City; Paula Grant Berry, Family Member and Board Member, 9/11 Memorial & Museum; Holly Leicht, Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development & Planning Empire State Development; Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of PAC NYC. September 13, 2023, New York.
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In an emblematic moment marking a new chapter for the New York arts scene, Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric L. Adams, and Michael R. Bloomberg inaugurated the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC). This much-anticipated event not only introduces a state-of-the-art venue but also symbolizes the final touch in the public reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.

A Grand Launch with Luminaries

The inauguration attracted a crowd of over 200, including state and city leaders, who joined together in celebrating this historic day. Dignitaries, from PAC NYC's Board Chair Michael R. Bloomberg to Philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman, shared insights and dreams linked to this cultural beacon. The event was further graced by musical interludes from globally acclaimed artists such as violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Larisa Martinez, and NPR's Peter Dugan. Tony award-winning Gavin Creel, alongside the Joffrey Ballet School ensemble, added theatrical splendor to the ceremony.

Michael R. Bloomberg, Chairman of the Board of PAC NYC, speaks at the opening event for Perelman Performing Arts Center, September 13, 2023, New York.
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A Showcase of Global Talent

From September 19, the PAC NYC will be home to "Refuge: A Concert Series to Welcome the World". This eclectic five-night musical journey promises attendees an exposure to a diverse group of global talents, curated around the central theme of refuge.

PAC NYC: A Dream Materialized

The genesis of PAC NYC can be traced back to the mayoral days of Mike Bloomberg, who envisioned the World Trade Center redevelopment to resonate with artistic vibrancy. Dedicated to the magnanimity of Ronald O. Perelman, the center stands as an epitome of architectural grandeur, drawing expertise from premier design houses including REX, Davis Brody Bond, and the Rockwell Group.

Members of Joffrey Ballet School perform at the opening event for Perelman Performing Arts Center, September 13, 2023, New York.
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Versatility at Its Core

Exemplifying adaptive design, PAC NYC features three primary theaters. Their transformative nature allows for a myriad of stage-audience configurations, from intimate gatherings to large-scale productions. The building itself is an art piece, encased in a luminous marble facade that offers a visual treat, day and night.

A Gastronomic Experience on the Horizon

As a holistic cultural hub, PAC NYC extends its offerings beyond the stage. Soon, art aficionados can relish culinary masterpieces at "Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson", a dining space brought to life by the innovative designs of the Rockwell Group.

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