Founded in 1989 by three Lower East Side social activists. Our mission is to provide an innovative environment for education, activism and the performing arts, we have presented over 1,000 performing arts events including music, spoken word, theatre and private functions.

Performing Arts

Great artists both known and unknown from the music and spoken word community perform. We pride ourselves in producing a variety of music including traditional jazz, experimental music and a wide range of spoken word entertainment.

Community Activism

We have tutored students in Mathematics, Music, Spanish and English, encouraging and helping students to go on and graduate from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford Universities, while others are pursuing their creative passions in the arts, including performances at the 5C.
In times of need the 5C has offered free meals to the homeless.

Jazz History Series

This series provides a vivid portrayal of this American art form. Drawing upon our collection of 10,000 out of print LP records, film footage, and personal experience, we bring Jazz history to life.


The 5C is available to host your Events / Special Events, Pop-up Events, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, Holiday Parties, Bridal & Baby Showers, Receptions, Launch Parties. What did you have in mind? We look forward to work with you to host your event!
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