The tribute concerts, titled "The Music of David Bowie", took place at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall on March 31 and April 1, 2016, respectively. The concerts featured a star-studded lineup of artists performing Bowie's songs, including Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Michael Stipe, Laurie Anderson, The Roots and many more. The concerts also raised funds for music education programs in New York public schools.

"David Bowie Is" exhibitions were held at the Brooklyn Museum from March 2 to July 15, 2018. The exhibitions showcased more than 400 artifacts from Bowie's personal archive, including costumes, instruments, manuscript lyrics, photographs and videos. The exhibitions also explored Bowie's creative process and his influence on fashion, art and technology.

The memorial concerts and exhibitions were met with critical acclaim and public enthusiasm as fans and admirers celebrated Bowie's legacy and paid homage to his genius. The events also highlighted Bowie's love for New York and his contribution to the city's cultural landscape. As Bowie sang in his 1977 song "Heroes": "I, I remember / Standing by the wall / And guns firing over our heads / And kissing, like nothing was going to fall / And shame was on the other side / Oh, we can beat them, forever and ever and ever / Then we can be heroes, just for a day".