After years of struggling to pay the bills at its Soho headquarters, the Poets House, a national poetry library and literary center, now has a 60-year rent-free lease (thanks to the Battery Park City Authority) on the banks of the Hudson River. Today, the new digs open to the public for a housewarming party, with bagels and coffee served until noon. Check out their more than 50,000 volumes of poetry and multimedia archives while lounging in plush couches and armchairs. Saturday features a full day of events, including poetry readings by Meena Alexander, Marie Howe, Regie Cabico, and Quincy Troupe and a musical performance by Natalie Merchant in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (a/k/a the Poets House “front lawn”).
Fri., Sept. 25, 11 a.m.; Sat., Sept. 26, 11 a.m., 2009