Posted on 9 December 2013
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Punk Island is one of MMNY’s signature events, “a one-day experiment that turns Governors Island into a punk rockers’ paradise” (NY Times). Starting at 10am on Sunday, June 24th, free ferries will depart every half hour for Governors Island, where you’ll hear more than 50 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing all day on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio’s punk/hardcore collective.
Since the Island is closed to the public on June 21st, the day of Make Music New York, Punk Island will take place three days later. Just like the rest of MMNY, all performances are outdoors and completely free.
Special thanks to this year’s Punk Island sponsor Guitar Center, who will generously provide support for all the bands and production for the Main Stage.
Governors Island is accessible by free ferry service.
From Manhattan: The Governors Island ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. To get there on the subway, take the 1 to South Ferry, 4, 5 to Bowling Green, or the R to Whitehall St. Ferries leave from Manhattan at 10 AM, 11 AM and then every half hour until 5:30 PM. Ferries return to Manhattan at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and then every half hour until 7 PM.
From Brooklyn: The free ferry from Brooklyn leaves from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street). To get there on the subway, take the 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,F to Jay St./Borough Hall, or the R to Court Street. Ferries run continuously, approximately every 10 minutes, beginning at 11 AM. Ferries run from 11 AM to 5:20 PM. The last ferry returns to Brooklyn at 7 PM.
ABC No Rio’s collective has booked weekly punk shows for over 20 years, with a commitment to the autonomous development of a network of independent bands. They are a central part of a self-reliant DIY culture in New York City that allows initiatives like Make Music New York to thrive.
Founded in 1980 when a group of artists, Colab (Collaborative Projects), occupied a building to produce an art show, No Rio has long demonstrated what collective creativity can produce in New York City. ABC No Rio features a gallery, a zine library, a darkroom, a silkscreen shop, and a community computer center, as well as providing space for projects, meetings and events. In 1996, 16 years after its founding, the city awarded the community art center its building at 156 Rivington Street. ABC No Rio is currently erecting a new building in the same location, with twice as much gallery and performance space, outfitted for greater ecological sustainability. For information and schedules, visit abcnorio.org.