The World Financial Center is the heart of Battery Park City, an assembly of parks, boardwalk, residential towers and office buildings. The center's arts and events program encompasses approximately 45 music and dance performances, six visual arts exhibits and six festivals yearly. Music events regularly partner with WNYC's New Sounds radio show, which broadcasts new works by composers, from opera to jazz to folk. Most programs are held in the spectacular Winter Garden, a vaulted glass and steel dome enclosing a grove of palm trees. Seating at all events is free and first-come, first-serve.

Summer events are held outside on the esplanade along the Hudson River.

Performances are scheduled at lunchtime, in the evening and on weekend. Exhibitions and installations take place indoors in the Courtyard Gallery, which presents photography, digital art and other thematically oriented shows.


The center's rich array of events has included exhibitions such as St. Petersburg: A Cultural Celebration; performances by Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and the Abyssinian Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir; and the annual Children's Book and Activity Fair each fall.


Free school programs include group tours of current exhibitions and programs for special education groups. Call for information. Two weeks advance notice is recommended.