Aerial view of the park looking north, dotted with visitors and blankets, East River view, late afternoon

June – September
2nd Saturdays, Morning to Sunset

July 9 | Rain Date: July 16

This second Saturday, New Agora is all about jazz as we partner with the Jazz Foundation of America for a day of music, improvisation and experimentation! Layering moments of traditional and contemporary, visit the park to interact with improvisations curated by the Jazz Foundation of America, take in the debut of “Trumpet Echoes”, an adaptive and ambient soundworld by musician Greg Hammontree, and experience the music experiment “.soundfulness” by pianist Nicole Brancato and Socrates’ own, artist Douglas Paulson.

Spend every second Saturday this summer exploring art and the outdoors with New Agora. Discover new creatives and perspectives with family-friendly workshops, conversations, tours, screenings, performance, music, and more! Schedule to be released May 9th.


Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting accomplished jazz and blues musicians with direct financial assistance and performance opportunities. With a licensed social work team, JFA provides creative solutions for the struggles that musicians face in every part of their lives, while also providing gigs through its performance programs, which create essential work for musicians while enriching communities.


Trumpet Echoes by Greg Hammontree creates an adaptive and ambient -soundworld- by blending acoustic trumpet performance and electronic processing. With each separate “echo” projected in different directions into the listening area, the public is invited to physically walk through and explore the field of sound, thus cultivating their own sonic space for deep listening.

Greg tours the world playing jazz trumpet, trombone, and tuba “with cartoons” for The Queen’s Cartoonists and resides in Astoria, Queens.


.soundfullness begins with a piano found in pieces outside of a bar in Queens. Artist Douglas Paulson and pianist Nicole Brancato dragged it to an empty lot and reassembled it, weaving objects into the strings and taping simple electronics to the soundboard: breathing new life into an instrument that had been meant for the trash. Doug and Nicole celebrate the remarkable machinations of the piano by joyfully subverting its conventions: a ubiquitous musical instrument that’s seen alternately as precious or as furniture. They play the piano – and play with the piano – to rediscover sound and the mechanics that make sound. They invite the public to share in these experiments and play: to get under the hood and tinker; to stuff a bolt in the strings and tickle the ivories.