The ultimate multimedia block party is coming to Midtown.
Captain America, Peppa Pig, Jimmy Smits and the real Stanley Cup will be on hand this weekend for PaleyWKND, a free, family-friendly street festival of entertainment, media, sports and games. The two-day extravaganza presented by the Paley Center for Media will feature costumed characters, celebrity appearances, immersive and virtual reality experiences, television and film screenings, and interactive presentations from major sports leagues along of 52nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue.
“When you talk to New Yorkers about PaleyWKND, the excitement is palpable. New York is back and, as the media capital of the world, what better way to celebrate than with a world-class event the size of New York. York like PaleyWKND,” Maureen Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, told Daily News.
“We’re taking over 52nd Street and bringing innovative and immersive activations to families and visitors, featuring major sports leagues and more than two dozen world-class brands and organizations, creating a unique experience in a life that is only possible in New York,” Reidy said.
Sports fans young and old can see all four professional championship trophies up close: the MLB Commissioner’s Trophy, the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, the NHL’s Stanley Cup and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. the NFL, as well as the 56 Super Bowl rings.
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There will also be plenty of opportunities to play sports, like shooting a puck in the NHL Accuracy Challenge, doing footwork drills on an NFL mini-turf pitch, jumping it on a basketball court, or showing off skills. baseballs in batting and fielding cages. . The Harlem Globetrotters will take to the field on Sunday, showing off their dazzling skills.
Children can enjoy immersive experiences including interactions with cartoon characters, games and projections, and encounters with heroes from the Marvel Universe such as Captain America, Black Panther and Spider-Man.
Nickelodeon will transport fans into the world of their favorite shows, including “Blue’s Clues & You!” “Santiago of the Seas” and “NFL Slimetime,” while favorite characters from “Paw Patrol” and “SpongeBob Squarepants” will be available for photos with fans.
Hasbro is giving fans a chance to not only meet Peppa Pig in the flesh, but also watch screenings of ‘My Little Pony: Make Your Mark’, ‘Power Rangers: Dino Fury Season 29’ and the ‘Transformers’ trailer. :EarthSpark”. And it will be a Barbie World during the screening of Mattel’s “Barbie: It Takes Two” where a free Barbie doll will be offered to attendees of the screening while supplies last.
Players will have plenty of chances to play and even compete at the PaleyGX studio, Nintendo Game Zone, and dedicated pavilions. Games and platforms will include Playstation 5 and Nintendo Switch, new releases such as ‘Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’, ‘Madden NFL 23’ and ‘FIFA 23’, as well as a library of classic Nintendo and Xbox games. An immersive AR/VR experience, presented by Meta, will transport users to the edge of the universe.
The Paley Center, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, will delve into its broadcast roots with screenings highlighted by celebrity appearances, including Jimmy Smits for his new crime drama “East New York”, Kate del Castillo for ” La Reina del Sur”, and Drew Carey hosting a version of “The Price is Right”. There will also be watch parties for podcast recordings of “Good Words with Kirk Franklin” and “Truest Blood,” based on the HBO vampire show.
The festival kicks off Friday night with a red carpet reception, with free events on Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2. For the full list of events, free ticket reservations for timed entry, visit www.PaleyWKND.org
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